8 big ones on the ground. A few thousand cubic feet of wheat spilled. Track ruined (the CWR is sheared in two different places, and they weren't welds!). No one hurt. A bad flange on a BNSF hopper... (more)
A broken drawbar is the least of the W&Is problems at the moment.
A beautiful sunset to end a beautiful day of train watching. The final train of the day, a loaded coal train, rolls off into the distance.
The business end of BNSF's Track Measurement car, the Skagit River. This device, covered in "Caution: Laser" stickers hovers over thousands of miles of rail, checking for defects, keeping the rai... (more)
Passengers prepare to board the Empire Builder, they'll end up celebrating the New Years gliding over the rails in Eastern Washington.
Sparks fly as one of the track replacement crew slices through the new rail.
Commuters are just a blur in the night as the Sounder conductor stands his ground and looks down the platform, waiting to give his engineer the highball home.
The Great Northern hasn't been though Edmonds in over 30 years, but the famous GN herald still glows bright in the station. Looking down on the Train Bulletin, we see Amtrak's 4 daily Cascades sta... (more)
These eyes watch you. They control you. They move you. They stop you.
"Platform clear, lets go home"
In a new push to increase safety on the rails BNSF has opted to implement much smaller flatcars and more intelligent locomotives. (Track crews used these cars to distribute fishplates.)
The colors and textures of railroading are reflected on the rusted steel of fairly new 36" wheel set under the weight of a loaded grain hopper.
A seldom seen, or paid attention-to, aspect of railroading, the mud-splattered truck and journal. This little part of the car is important because it allows them to move! Seen here is a Timken r... (more)
Track crews were replacing welds between Seattle and Everett on this slow Sunday. Here a truck drops a piece of rail so another crew can use it to replace this section of track.
A piece of Northern Pacific railroading history stands guard outside its home station in Centralia, WA.