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  1. #1921
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    Regular readers of this thread know that I like photographing the older Geeps that are still running in my area. Wednesday (1-17-18) I saw a light power hop of seven Geeps heading north (tt/east) towards Everett. Time may be running out for Cascade green, as only two of the seven units sported BN paint schemes.

    I was looking for birds, so I was at the wrong location with the wrong camera + lens combo for train photos. Hence these grab shots.

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    The light power hop was followed by another northbound powered by SD60 1469 and SD75M 255. I had not changed cameras or locations, so I missed more good photos.

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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 01-18-2018 at 10:37 AM.
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    I wish you guys would quit hogging all the Cascade Green up there in the PNW...

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad_in_omaha View Post
    I wish you guys would quit hogging all the Cascade Green up there in the PNW...
    Tired of Omaha orange & Pullman green?
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    Mudslides at the usual locations near Picnic Point caused cancellation of passenger service Monday and Tuesday (2/5-6/18). Tuesday morning I could see lights of MoW equipment working at the slide areas.
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    A piece of MoW equipment was waiting for three southbound (tt/west) trains at MP 18.
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    The first of the three trains rolled past.
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    The second train had an increasingly scarce War(p) Bonnet in the consist.
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    The MoW equipment moved up to the signals and the third train stopped next to it. I had to leave, so I don't know which one was the first to depart.

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    The weather was lousy, but it wasn't raining and I was glad to go trackside for photos. Some East Bay sunshine would be nice.
    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    The MoW equipment moved up to the signals and the third train stopped next to it. I had to leave, so I don't know which one was the first to depart.
    I hope they're not out there still waiting for you to film their departure.

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    Regular readers of this thread know my fondness for older diesels. Wednesday afternoon (2-7-18) I was treated to an unbelievable number of them in 18 minutes when I drove down to Sunset Ave. to see if the Sounders and Empire Builder were still cancelled. I arrived a little after 4:00pm to see the headlight of a southbound (tt/west) round the bend near Picnic Pt. Red signals at MP 18 raised the possibility of the southbound being held for the 4:30 Sounder.

    At 4:10pm a northbound (tt/east) freight approached led by 2264, 3011, 1664, 2918, 340, and 505.

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    The last car of the northbound no sooner rolled past me when the southbound approached at 4:14pm. It stopped for just a minute or two, then pulled out.

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    At 4:28pm a light duo rolled by. I left about 4:40 without seeing any Sounders.

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    Engine lashups as follows:

    Northbound:
    2264: GP38-2
    3011: GP40M
    1664: SD40-2
    2918: GP39E
    340: GP60B
    505: B40 8W

    Southbound:
    253: SD75M
    7496: ES44DC
    2603: GP35U

    Light Power:
    2361: GP38-2
    3186: GP50

    Many of the units looked as though they had recently been repainted. Some sported unusual looking antennas, which I believe someone here said were for Positive Train Control (PTC).
    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

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