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    The new main 3 from Kelso to Longview Junction South appears to be complete now. The last step was to build the track across the crossing at the north end of the yard and run it across the newly completed bridge over the Coweeman River. It looks like it's well ballasted and tamped. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets put into service soon. Meanwhile in Kalama, they are still doing fill and retaining wall work for that main 3 segment.
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    New Seattle Sub General Order has the third main cut in back on Feb 10th between Kelso South and Longview Jct. South for a total of 4.4 miles of three mains:CP Kelso at MP 97.6 to Longview Jct. South at MP 102.

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    The new main 3 in Kalama from Peavey to Toteff is now complete. The tampers and ballast regulators have been doing their thing and the track looks like it's ready to be put into service.
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    Washougal River bridge replacement

    From Camas-Washougal Post-Record, May 9, 2017.

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    Bruce

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    It appears as though a new siding is being constructed on the Fallbridge Subdivision about 38 miles east of Vancouver between Skamania and Stevenson, in the North Bonneville area west of tunnel 1.5. Two new switches are being assembled next to the main line about 10,000' apart from each other. There are no road crossings in the area, unlike the sidings at Skamania and Stevenson which both have crossings in them that train crews are not supposed to block during certain hours of the day. The main line where this new siding will be has two small bridges that cross over roads, so two new bridges to accommodate the second track will need to be built over those roads. Other than that, only some minor fill work will be needed for the second right of way. The current intermediate signal at MP 48.5 is about halfway between where the two switches are sitting. The west switch is just east of the bridge over Hamilton creek, so no new bridge will need to be built over that creek.
    Last edited by Pete Sakes; 06-03-2017 at 03:44 PM. Reason: added info
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    All this work begs the question: Is anything likely on Stampede/Yakima Valley subs and the tunnel this year? Are there more projects to lessen the clogging on Lakeside?
    Lat sweek I took the train fromVancouver BC to Seattle. Looks like the track from Brownsville into Pacific Central Terminal could stand a bit of work, too.

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    They are currently building the switches for the new second mainline from Swift to Ferndale. They did a lot of sub grade work last year for that project. Two of the switches may already be installed, from what I heard. Traffic is increasing up there and the tunnels north of Bellingham are going to have their clearances increased to allow for complete intermodal container traffic. Currently, certain garbage containers and some select freight containers are the only double stacks allowed. You may see some container traffic on the Sumas sub soon while the work is going on in the tunnels on the Bellingham sub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Sakes View Post
    It appears as though a new siding is being constructed on the Fallbridge Subdivision about 38 miles east of Vancouver between Skamania and Stevenson, in the North Bonneville area west of tunnel 1.5.
    The siding will be called Melonas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlynx View Post
    All this work begs the question: Is anything likely on Stampede/Yakima Valley subs and the tunnel this year?
    Just the regular Capital gang work, this year. The Yakima Valley Sub already got some new rail. Mid-July, a rail gang will work the Stampede Sub for two weeks between Bristol and Palmer Jct. In August, there will be a quick visit by the Shoulder Ballast Cleaner and High Speed Surfacing crew between Easton and Lester.

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