Friday afternoon around 4 pm I was in Dupont area and twice I saw Semi Trucks with trailers blocking the rail crossing at Dupont/Steilacoom Road. Didn't see any police or sheriff around the crossings there. Don't know if they were not running test trains Friday but hope the word gets out to the truckers coming to and from the warehousing at Dupont.
We've got a green, Hi Ball!
Late last night the new bridge was pushed into position.
The four panels for a new turnout are laying in front of the platform at Freighthouse Square.
Monday as I drove South on I-5, the multiple signs along right of way have been uncovered; I saw them between Berkley St/Exit on I-5 south of Tacoma to Dupont
P -70 About MP 120 on I-5.
P - 10 Same area
W signs as well, others I couldn't see as they are facing South for Northbound.
Must be getting closer for higher speeds.
And, again today, saw one semitruck blocking the crossing at Dupont/Steilacoom Road.
We've got a green, Hi Ball!
Went down to Tacoma to find the test train. I had no idea where the trainset was, so I went to the Lakewood Transit Center to wait for it. The DS was talking to him at CP40.
You could tell when he was close because the red-blue police lights were at the crossing. Is he on Main 1? Or is the new track Main 2?
This photo is from the top floor of the parking garage.
I then drove down to Nisqually. If anyone is thinking about pacing the first train come September, you better rethink that. Traffic on I-5 is horrible. I had several left-lane-campers who decided that 55 was the right speed. I got a photo of him at Dupont. More on that later.
Here is the test train coming down the hill at Freighthouse Square.
At noon the crew took a lunch break. Here the train is parked at Freighthouse Square.
At Dupont, I heard the train asking the DS if they could head north. I went to the Park-Ride lot and waited. Right before the train came, this contractor guy came up to me and begin harassing and intimidating me. He photographed my truck and license plate and told me I was trespassing. He told me this was a warning and next time I would be arrested. He then started talking bad toward railfans and said his job was to keep railfans away. I told him it will get worse as September approaches. He says "I Know". Then he stood in front of me to prevent me from getting a photo.
This guy was a real a-hole. I know there are lots of railfans from all over planning a trip out here in the Fall, so be awear.
Great shots. Thanks for taking the time to go down there!
It amazes me how quickly they are demolishing the old wooden trestle. I just looked back at the webcam of the area a few days and there it goes piece by piece.
Does anybody have anything new to report on this? Is the plan still to have Amtrak running on this line starting in the fall of 2017?
Stay off the tracks for Pete Sakes!