BNSF 8027 and friends lead a westbound stack train bound for Seattle WA through a rather snow covered Skykomish, WA and the "Whistling Post Saloon" the afternoon of January 27, 2017.
With Mt. Index in the background, a BNSF South Seattle, WA, to Chicago Cicero, IL Z train follows the banks of the Skykomish River as it climbs upgrade towards the 7.8 mile long Cascade Tunnel on ... (more)
BNSF 6836(ES44C4) BNSF 4060(C44-9W NS 1073(SD70ACe) NS 9342(C44-9W) BNSF 5837(ES44AC) pick up a pair of 737 fuselages in Wenatchee on a high priority Z into Seattle.
A very late running #7 meets its counterpart, #8, at the west side of the Cascade Tunnel at Scenic Siding on 6/26/14.
"Hey, it matches!"
Amtrak 184 is solo leading Amtrak train #7, the Empire Builder, over Gaynor Trestle on a cloudy early summer morning just east of the Cascade Tunnel and Berne Siding.... (more)
Man's Best Friend
There's nothing like sharing an afternoon of railfanning with your best friend, even if she's a little crazy (and I'm not talking about my wife). On this chilly but ... (more)
Around a bend along the Wenatchee River the end of this train is just clearing through the small fruit town of Monitor. Note the trailing unit is a borrowed UP ES44AC. Monitor is about eight mil... (more)
Hoar frost has attached itself to cold metal and ground surfaces overnight in the former service and crew change point town of Skykomish. This railhead bears evidence of its Great Northern herita... (more)
A college student ponders the mysteries of the universe as the sun sets over Puget Sound. Her thoughts clearly don't extend to wondering when the next train might come by... (Bonus po... (more)
Stalked by a black helicopter: MRL's OCS was preceded along its run from New Westminster by a black helicopter, presumably providing security oversight ahead of the train -- and perhaps pro... (more)
Engineer Greg Weirich displays an "ear to ear grin" as the MRL OCS flashes through Carkeek Park shortly before sunset.
Stranger in a strange land: An MRL Officer Car Special cruises along Puget Sound at Carkeek Park near Blue Ridge, WA, running from New Westminster, BC to Missoula, MT via Seattle and Stampe... (more)
To truly appreciate the obstacles overcome by railroad surveyors and engineers over a century ago, one must rise above the treeline and grasp firsthand the "big picture." On an absolutely perfect... (more)
One of those "classic Scenic shots" with a bonus of snow covered trees. US 2 crosses over the rail line and climbs to Stevens Pass, curving along the mountainside in the background.
On a beautiful summer morning, Amtrak train 513 glides along the Puget Sound, just a mere minute before its next station stop of Edmonds,WA on July 9, 2011.