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“Cumulonimbus Capillatus Incus” ~ Cum-u-what? Yeah, that’s Greek, I mean Latin for the ominous anvil cloud formation that hangs over the elevations of the pristine-pine-covered Coeur d’Alene National Forest, having the potential of delivering the blow of a pounding thunderstorm that would make Thor proud. Closer to the ground and the action at hand, the former Northern Pacific rails upon which a newly re-minted pair of second generation BNSF Geeps peen and ply are weather beaten and hammered beyond recognition not only having bowed laterally but kinked and buckled at the joints from over 100-years of usage and eventual non-usage and disrepair. A sorry state of affairs that does little justice to their past and present owner’s proud heritage. Post Falls, on the Coeur d'Alene branch, is just across the border from Washington in the Panhandle. Once served by several railroads, notably the Northern Pacific, Great Northern, Milwaukee Road, and Union Pacific (and their respective predecessors), is now a monopoly. The zenith of service over ten decades slowly, steadily tapering off from hard usage to a trickle: once a week. Down from as many as five days a week not too long ago. It is doubtful that branchlines like these will weather many more storms before succumbing to abandonment rendering images like this to the annals of railroad antiquity. Get your pictures while you can! If not this branchline, then one close to you. As rail enthusiasts, we have the responsibility to document these scenes for future generations of railfans. (27Jul16 ©)
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