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  1. #211
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    Default Ferndale to Custer, WA double tracking 8-12-2017

    They are really going to town on the Ferndale to Custer, WA double tracking north of Bellingham. I knew this work has been going on for over a year when I rode Amtrak through the area last year and saw all of the subgrade work. They hope to have it done in the next couple of months. The pictures I took today are not the whole story but some of it is boring. Such as culvert work going on in two places. I skipped taking pictures of that.

    1. South Ferndale has a new cantilever for south bound movement. Clear signal is for a northbound manifest I will show later.

    2. North Ferndale new south bound cantilever not in operation is in place. New #24 switches for the north part of the new cross over waiting for installation.

    3. Looking south at an empty coal train in Ferndale siding and the already installed are the two new switches for the south part of the new crossover with another new cantilever installed but not operational for north bound movement.

    4. The writing on one of the left hand #24 power switches.

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    Default Ferndale to Custer, WA double tracking 8-12-2017 Part II

    9. The northbound which I didn't bother to look up as to which train it was. Probably a Lakeyard VBT.

    10. One crossing is now double tracked. Now the siding is on the east side of the main. This new double track section is on the west side of the main so there has to be some maneuvering here especially since the rest of the new subgrade up to Custer is all on the east side of the main.

    11. The big crane is at a new culvert site and the pieces are pretty big. This is looking north on a very long tangent up to South Custer.

    12. South Custer with the original main line alignment is on the left. Two new cantilevers are installed but not operational and four new #24 (I believe) switches are installed for the northern part of the double track. The old mainline is used as a big lead for the locals and sometimes cars are stored there.

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    Default Ferndale to Custer, WA double tracking 8-12-2017 Part III

    13. This looking south from the actual Custer sign. The farthest right track is the main going to Cherry Point and all of the industries out there followed by two yard/storage tracks toward the left. There is a manual hand throw crossover visible nearby to allow for the old mainline to be used for storage but still be able to access the south leg of the wye and the yard.

    14. Looking north from the Custer sign. The main curves back to the original alignment in the distance. There is a manual hand throw switch to access the north lead leading to the north leg of the wye track out to Cherry Point. I didn't really think that I needed to drive up there to take a picture of that since it's been there for years and not part of the current construction. I just wanted to share what Custer looks like.

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    Default Swift, WA Improvements from 2015.

    I finally drove up to Swift to document the changes at Swift that allows three trains to meet there this Saturday, only about two years late, sorry. I tried taking pictures from a fast moving Cascades passenger train without much clarity last year.

    1. Looking southeast, only a two headed signal mast at South Swift is used to enter one of three tracks. Since I haven't run a train up here since 2003 I don't know what is given for entering the siding or entering the inspection track. Perhaps the dispatcher tells them which since there is a Head End Restriction speed for the Inspection track but not for the siding. The Inspection track is the old mainline, the siding was built years ago and the new mainline was cut in September 2015.

    2. Looking north from the road crossing there. Inspection track left, Siding center and new Mainline right. Speed for Amtrak through there is 79 mph even though there is the little S curve there.

    3. Looking northwest at the cantilever at Horth Swift.

    4. Loaded Coal train getting some paperwork at Swift. I saw the conductor come from the office there with paperwork in his hands.

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    Default Swift, WA Improvements from 2015. Part II

    5. Looking south from North Swift and again a two headed signal mast for entry into the three tracks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BNSFEng View Post
    10. One crossing is now double tracked. Now the siding is on the east side of the main. This new double track section is on the west side of the main so there has to be some maneuvering here especially since the rest of the new subgrade up to Custer is all on the east side of the main.
    Yesterday, 8/22, this section of main track was shifted over to the new track through that crossing.

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