Ducking under the US 2 overpass a westbound passes the east switch and the Scenic-based dozer which may be seeing some work in its near future with a snow storm blowing in over the next few days.
Oops! Last Thursday the new guy misjudged distance which resulted in this bunker dangling off the end of the dock. It was still in this position Tuesday, but they had removed the load. Now they h... (more)
The railroad crosses over a bend in the Skykomish River at a place just east of Goldbar. Fishermen and foamers know it as "Big Eddy", where the water swirls in a wide spot. The dirt train had tr... (more)
At "The Slot" the Empire Builder passes over Nason Creek just west of Merritt. A cold front has engulfed the NW and the air temperature on this Friday, the 13th is 18° (hard on batteries).
Stick and John are bringing empty bunkers back to Shelton in the afternoon and are about to rumble over the bridge at MP 2.
At a location alongside Goldsborough Creek the 1202 ducks through the forest while hauling logs on a trip uphill to the dry sort .
Cascades train 513 southbound at Vader, WA.
The log loading operation is a fascinating thing to see. The locomotive moves up one car after each load is set with the crane. Here the engine has moved up to shoreline from the dock and the tr... (more)
A mini tug pushes a load of waterwood into position for the claw to retrieve and place into a bunker car. There will be no further work done for the year - next week is vacation - and the crew wa... (more)
At MP 4.5 the railroad abuts Carman Road for ¼ mile. On the end of the log train two switchers pushing roar past and disappear into the woods on the trip up to Mill 5, five miles away.
Late in the afternoon Stick has his train of A-frames backed into the Mill 5 lead and waits for it to be loaded with fresh cut lumber to take back to town. Permission to be on Simpson property.
Jerry Miller waits to hop off and line a switch. The job was switching Mill 5 on a cold December afternoon. Permission to ride.
The gravel and cement trucks will have to wait for the log train to clear the crossing while on its way out of Shelton with waterwood destined for Mill 5, some 8 miles west of here.
Coming back down the hill from Mill 5, the three Simpson 1200's travel light rounding a curve above Goldsborough creek in the woods west of Shelton, WA.
The inner sanctum of the operation. The old girl waits for her next assignment. Sister 900 sits in the wall-side stall.