Jeramey commands the F and the 20 "sprint" towards Pullman; 30mph.
Vapor rises from Washington State Universities West Steam Plant into the frigid night. Now operating on natural gas boilers, there are many more heating nights ahead for the old, once-coal fired s... (more)
The most powerful moon of all: the Harvest Moon. Representing a successful and plentiful harvest in Norse mythology, it rises brightly over the harvested wheat fields of the Palouse region of Wash... (more)
With an EMD 567 working and leaking hard, the 316 flies across the Palouse pushing 25mph.
A long reverse move requires some rear end riding. Watching for any stragglers; they certainly wouldn't want to meet the rear end steel clamp.
The 20 and '04 wait in a small siding while 5000' of well cars are shoved backwards back into Pullman to get all three motors on the head end. Jeramey and myself watch on the rear platform for any... (more)
Easing off Sunshine Hill and into the 10mph yard limits, the Southern Pacific unit F leads the way into Pullman.
After some time off due to a blown traction motor, WIR 20 leads a long train Southern-style though Pullman.
Stan unlocks and throws one of the most important switches on the W&I. This switch can make a train go north to Marshall to the BNSF or west to UP via Ayer. Sadly, a bridge-out prevents the UP int... (more)
Its an uncommon day in Pullman. The Washington & Idaho unlocks the UP Junction switch to head west for the first time in a year. BNSF has called back 10,000' of well cars. The first 5,000' will be... (more)
The little geep howls up the 3% grade between Moscow and Pullman with 5 loaded fertilizer hoppers in tow.
Making the turn to motor towards Moscow, ID at the former Pullman Junction.
Moving at 30 though the harvested wheat fields of the Palouse.
Its a busy time on the Washington & Idaho. Over in Moscow, the demand for fertilizer is so high they need to run two trains each week from the north. PCC 4204 heads north today with a string of em... (more)
The snow is melting and the wheat is turning the hills a nice shade of green in the Palouse. All of W&I's power is on display hauling a heavy 12-car fertilizer train to Moscow.