I thought I'd take a few minutes and post some photos I've been taking over the last couple of months.
The work on the M St to Lakewood section is moving along pretty fast and is quite impressive.
1) From the Union St overpass looking North (railroad). The Birdseye lead is on the left and a freight lead heading south is under construction. Note the concrete ties under the switches and "top of the line" derails.
2) Looking South from Union St, the ties were being hand layed for the freight lead.
3) From a few days earlier, work under Union St.
4) From a media event hosted by Sound Transit. A ride in a Tacoma Rail high rail truck approaching Pine st. I imagine the traffic will be more considerate to a 60 mph Sounder train.
5) Almost to the SR 16 overcrossing (Nalley Valley Viaduct), the main line ends for now. The freight lead will be completely rebuilt and now connects to the old track to the foundry. The truck was rolled over the switch with great care as there was concern that the truck might derail on the spring frog.
6) Looking north from just north of the Nalley Valley Viaduct, a retaining wall is being constructed on the left, while a lone hopper car awaits the brief window in which it can be retrieved.
7) Looking south from Alaska St, with the new viaduct under construction, while new track work is laid below.
8) The end of the line, for now, one block south (west) of M St, looking railroad south, freight lead off to the right.
9) How long will it be, before we can see something like this? A Northbound Sounder passing under the M St bridge. This is of course a photo illustration.