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My friend Chris had to add the 963 to his consist at Wenatchee so he had to put it on the point. A quick call to me resulted in a chase from Leavenworth to Startup. Here is train 27 climbing the grade at Berne. It's a good thing Chris had some extra power as the 963 stopped loading about half...
BNSF Westbound stopped on the 2.2% grade at Berne in Stevens Pass Washington waiting for a meet with an eastbound. Notice the sand deposits on the sideing track. This is an indication of the difficulty starting heavy trains on mountain grades.
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