Keith Wiles, Burt Whitney and I decided to go on a road trip to sunny Pasco, Washington this past Friday. On the way we went through Lynd,Washington where the old NP line (BNSF) went under a little known railroad called the Milwaukee Road. This is the remains of the bridge that spanned the valley on the south end of Lynd. BNSF is making lots of effort to double track this line from Spokane and Pasco.
They are having trouble removing the concrete base that goes under the BNSF tracks that connects those two abutments.
One one train we saw on the way down south was this one at top of the grade.
This is a relatively new model that Union Pacific apparently got rid of and now it is in lease service to the BNSF. Look how neat the employee put on the owners innitials!
I don't know if this is the largest crane in the world but it must be close! Lampson in the Pasco Industrial park is putting together this monster and compare the size of it to a shipping container or a truck.
A close up of the hook area further shows the size of this thing. We guessed that it will be shipped out of here on a barge and not a railcar. Water is 500 yards away so it would work...in parts!
You aren't going to find this hinge at Home Depot.