Former BN and SP Geeps sit abandoned at the Port of Tillamook Bay, not going anywhere anytime soon as the mainline was destroyed by storms a few years ago.
Sadly, all that is left of this old SD9 is the cab and ladders. Even had it not been scrapped, it wouldn't have been going anywhere as most of the Port of Tillamook Bay railway was destroyed by a ... (more)
Old rusty wheels describe the fate of the Port of Tillamook Bay very well. With a good part of the mainline destroyed in a rainstorm a couple years ago, these old BN GP9's are stranded in Tillamo... (more)
On anything but the Port of Tillamook Bay a 50+ year old geep next to a field of axils, would be the deadline.
Power for "Hilll Job" backing onto train at Batterson
POTB "Hilll Job" departing Batterson
Eastbound POTB train FX-4414-20 passes through the small town of Manning, just west of the Portland & Western interchange at Banks.
Eastbound POTB train FX-4414-20 passes POTB GP9 3771 (with SD9E 4368 behind) at Buxton after letting a conductor (thats him on the right) off. This is the last SP painted unit on the roster.
These units have not moved very far since I saw them 2 months ago, they re just in a different configuration.
POTB's Hill Train is seen arriving Batterson.
One of POTB's ex SP SD9's sits at Buxton with a work train.
One of two POTB GP9's sits at Buxton.
I hiked up about 50 feet in elevation up a slippery, slimy hillside to get to track level in constant drizzle. Then it turned to downpour! 1/80th of a second, f/1.4, Provia 100F pushed to 400.
SP "Kodachrome" paint scheme. Wrecked January 1999, retired 1999