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    C.A.T. Tamper and Ballast Distributor

    (Copied from Mark's reply in another forum) These guys follow the SBC with a continuous action tamper and ballast distribution machine. Immediately following the tamper, and a permanent part of the whole machine, is a stabilizer which further compacts the ballast. Tamper: 0I-dygdwNzU...
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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    BNSF has some capacity-expansion and long-needed maintenance projects lined up for Washington in 2014. On February 7, a tie gang will begin on the Sumas Sub installing almost 42,000 ties between Sedro Wooley and Sumas. They will be doing that into mid-March. On March 12, a shoulder ballast...
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    Washington State Point Defiance Bypass a step closer

    The FRA rules "Finding of No Significant Impact" regarding the Point Defiance Bypass Project. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Rail/PNWRC_PtDefiance/ProjectEnvironmental.htm
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    Washington Central F-units on the move

    Washington Central F-units WCRC 82 and 84 have moved from Yakima, WA to Pasco, WA. They are going to the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railway. They are estimated to leave Pasco November 4th about 6:30 PM. http://www.graniterock.com/news_events/press_releases/2012/santa_cruz_rail_line.html
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    Free Tacoma, WA to Lakewood, WA Sounder Rides

    With Sounder service from Tacoma, WA to Lakewood, WA starting up on October 8, a free-ride event is occurring on Saturday, October 6: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/Calendar/Lakewood-Launch-Celebration-10-6-12.xml
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    SPMW 7118 in new UP paint

    I saw SPMW 7118 in fresh UP paint outside the car shop at Argo Yard in Seattle, WA Friday. Looks like it's about ready to move...somewhere. It has been here for over a year.
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    Skykomish, WA snowplow returns

    Earlier this year, the Skykomish, WA snow dozer left for the Vancouver, WA car shop. After many months away, I found it at Delta Yard in Everett overhauled and repainted to BNSF orange.
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    Heads up Washington State Puget Sounders

    Don't bother trying to watch trains anywhere along Puget Sound between Seattle and Everett this Saturday the 28th. After Amtrak #7, an 8-hour MOW window will go into effect. Train 513 will not operate from Vancouver, BC to Seattle. The work is for a track shift at Point Edwards that will...
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    More Sounder runs for Sound Transit

    Sound Transit has authorized four more peak-time round trips between Seattle, WA and Tacoma, WA. http://www.soundtransit.org/News-and-Events/News-Releases/South-Sounder-service-expansion.xml "the first additional train beginning operation in July of 2012." I wonder if that means that...
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    Fresh paint on more BN cabooses

    The car shops at Balmer Yard (Interbay, Seattle) have had another batch of BN cabooses roaming around the last couple of weeks. Today, these two got some paint. I didn't really pay attention to their numbers, so I don't know which is which yet! Shoving platforms, work train use??? Are the...
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    Ghosts in Wellington, WA?

    For your consideration: http://www.king5.com/your-news/97388464.html
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    BNSF Scenic Sub, East side.

    Work took me and Jason to Leavenworth the last couple of weeks. Here are some of the after-work pics that I got. With a daily hours-long work window over the entire mountain, there were usually 1-3 westbounds ready to leave Wenatchee in the mid-afternoon. 1) BNSF 5211 West, an S CHCSEA, is...
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    Seattle Roadrailer and Slot Saturday 6/5/10

    Jason and I will be working the Roadrailer and GREX Slot Machine this Saturday in Seattle. We'll be helping remove the Royal Brougham crossing. Come take a look!
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    New Talgo trainsets for Oregon

    Oregon Department of Transportation has announced their purchase of two Talgo trainsets. http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/nr10022601.shtml





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