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Ballard Then

This photograph appears in Charles and Dorothy Woods' fine book on the Great Northern Railway published by Pacific Fast Mail - Edmonds Washington. The photograph is attributed to Wally Swanson. (Thank you all!)

The Empire Builder is detouring around Bridge 4 in 1948 while repairs are made on the concrete counterbalance. Today, the Ballard Terminal Railroad operates on these tracks which are a remnant of Great Northern's original 1893 line into Seattle.
Rare and interesting shot for several reasons: the detour + the Builder was not powered by E-7's for very long.  

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