WIR #20, the trusty old GP30 brings fertilizer loads into town. The short train is crossing the Palouse River, on the north side of the town of the same name.
One of the few times in my life where any living creature has found me more interesting than a passing freight train.
Hot rail! Fixing a pull-a-part on continuous weld rail requires a few tools and a lot of fire.
Big things come in big packages! A week before Christmas, we're moving an early gift for the city of Moscow: a 600,000 pound transformer! Moved on a special 12-axle depressed flat, the new ... (more)
The southbound W&I Highball passing under old highway 195.
Winding Road: Washington & Idaho's "Highball" heads south near Spangle, Washington on an early spring day in April, 2011. Leading the train is a GP16, GP30 and FP9.
Out in the wide open, the '16 and her train get up to the 25mph track speed. In the background, Upper Columbia Academy houses 9-12 grade students.
Pushing hard on the throttle south out of Spangle, the '16 startles a few ponies.
Having just picked up GP16 316, the Washington & Idaho "Highball," digs in and notches out at Spangle, Wash. on the afternoon of April 8, 2011.
The Palouse: The grips of a long winter are finally loosening on the Palouse of eastern Washington and blue skies and green grass are a welcome sight on this spring day in April 2011. In c... (more)
Heading into the sunset.
Washington State University! Pausing at UP Junction, James the engineer waits for the go ahead signal from his conductor, who is securing the Kamiaken Street crossing. Having started school... (more)
Weed Running! Looking more like pavement made of weeds, the Bridge Test Train pulls the last load of intermondal cars out from the Colfax branch.
Sufficient clearance. Long ago, on the little siding of Risbeck, an elevator stood tall in the valley; loading grain from nearby farmers for export to far away nations. Little pieces of sti... (more)
Build in 1889, Bridge 85.54, one of the many bridges between Pullman and Colfax, has seen more history than our parents. It's 111 year railroading history is coming to an end as the last train pre... (more)