BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

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On the other side of the hill, there was a rail train, laden with new rail, westbound, through Yakima yesterday afternoon. Wonder where he was going.
 

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Hey, Mark, they put in a #24 at MP 27 on the Scenic sub and according to my bosses, they plan to double track next year both single track sections: MP 16 - 18 and 27-28. Now, looking at the switch, the last couple of days, it looks like another #24 could go in there between that new switch and the MP 27 EBC signals making a single crossover there Eastbound Main 2 to Main 1, and then they could continue a new Main 2 up to MP 28. Is that the plan? Or is another # 24 destined for MP 28 just to speed up the passenger trains? My bosses don't know, yet . Thanks ahead of time.
 
In future projects news, the big Bascule bridge over Salmon Bay, with the troublesome trunnion bearings, north of Seattle is planned to be replaced with an entirely new span utilizing a horizontal lift bridge. The whole thing will be built immediately west of the existing bridge so as not to impact operations. The last time GN had to do this job when the huge concrete counterweight sort of fell off(!), they had a detour through Ballard, which must have been fun to watch and a huge headache for the dispatcher.

Additional reading and images: https://pauldorpat.com/2012/12/22/seattle-now-then-ballards-bascule-bridge/

More immediately for me, the triple track in south Auburn stops at Ellingson Rd, and will have to bridge both the road and then the White River with at least additional single track spans. The truss bridge over the river is getting a bit long in the tooth, and scuttlebutt suggests the entire bridge will be replaced. This will be quite the challenge since there's not much real estate on either side of the ROW; I could almost see BNSF, hat in hand, politely asking to detour over the nearby UP line for a little while. I live in the trailer park across the street, so it could be fun to watch. If they're actually going to do this project in my remaining lifetime! I'm getting a bit long in the tooth, too.
 
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Hey, Mark, they put in a #24 at MP 27 on the Scenic sub and according to my bosses, they plan to double track next year both single track sections: MP 16 - 18 and 27-28. Now, looking at the switch, the last couple of days, it looks like another #24 could go in there between that new switch and the MP 27 EBC signals making a single crossover there Eastbound Main 2 to Main 1, and then they could continue a new Main 2 up to MP 28.
Good questions. The Division Engineer was at our last Seattle safety meeting. I said something about the new moveable point frog #24 being the kiss of death for double tracking anytime soon. He was kind of sly about his response so maybe people are trying to make something happen! Since they upgraded the turnout AND did the additional wiring for the frog's dual control motor, it would make sense that it would be integrated into a new plan. Historically, it was said that the crossovers at Mosher would be built, first, to facilitate double tracking Mukilteo...the same scenario as what you stated above. But is a MP 27 crossover, or set of crossovers a new addition?
 
Further development in deep South King County: south of the White River bridge and Auburn Yard: new fill for the third main is going in. I don't know how far that has occurred and I assume once it's built up will sit and settle for some time before the third track is laid. No idea when the bridges (including Ellingson Rd.) will get started. I'm curious to see how the river bridge will be designed and built--this location sees a lot of congestion already!

And south of all that, I've heard that a satellite yard is going to be built on the location of an abandoned golf course. Some parties in Sumner apparently are not thrilled with this. By Google Earth, I estimate it'll be about 9000' in length--Lake Tapps Parkway and existing industry kind of hem it in. Not finding any references to such a significant project.

Additionally, a rare day of quiet at Auburn Yard revealed a new structure near the north end has gone up in the location where northbound trains and their engines are parked. I suspect this is a service island for lube, fuel, sand, and water. Mark, got any facts?
 



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