Track crews use the electromagnet here to move fishplates from the hopper car and drop them on the track bed.
In a new push to increase safety on the rails BNSF has opted to implement much smaller flatcars and more intelligent locomotives. (Track crews used these cars to distribute fishplates.)
The southbound Amtrak Cascades shows off for anxious railfans waiting for the double headed steam (SP 4449 & UP 844) working its way from Tacoma.
Expecting the typical Talgo trainset the Cascades surprises viewers with this Amtrak California locomotive and several Superliner cars including a Sightseer Lounge car.
The Builder crosses the Ballard bridge on this beautifully sunny May day.
The low tide provides for an interesting shot of the Sounder as it heads towards Everett.
Before the Sounder disappears into the trees after crossing bridge 6.3 it gives us one last peek.
The first Sounder of the evening brings commuters across bridge 6.3, giving them a stunning view of the Ballard Locks.
After visiting family in Eastern WA, I took a 2 hour detour to catch some trains on my way back to Seattle.
The last Sounder of the evening travels through Edmonds.
This train is hauling some empty garbage containers to the Rabanco facility south of Seattle.
After a MoW crew had the switch at Edmonds for several hours, freight starts moving again.
A light power move over Steven's Pass. These units are being leased to MRL.
This empty garbage train waits to enter the single track portion on its way to South Seattle, as the engineer completes a rollby inspection.
Track crews were replacing welds between Seattle and Everett on this slow Sunday. Here a truck drops a piece of rail so another crew can use it to replace this section of track.