Oct 4, 2014

Far off places like Paradise, Wallace and Spokane?

Recently I took a trip to Montana and visited Paradise with Marvin Sheppard to see what was left of Paradise yard. They used to have crew changes here along with a tie plant, large yard and a coal dock. The Montana Rail Link now runs it instead of NP,BN or BNSF.  Taking a photo of the station from a distance makes it look  "lonely"?
The train club members in my group stopped at the Northern Pacific train station in Wallace on the way to the Missoula train Show 2 weeks ago. Its worth stopping in if you are passing this way!  That's I-90 in the background.
If I remember correctly the stately turkey could have been the nation's bird symbol instead of the Bald Eagle if Ben Franklin had his way. These guys were on the road near my son-in-laws house.
Just another train shot but what is noteworthy are the hopper cars with solar panels on them to use the electricity to open and close the doors for the ballast loads. Clever these railroaders.
Boeing planes buzz downtown Spokane on this dedicated train that moves aircraft bodies from the midwest to Everett, Washington. At least this time they did not get dumped in the Clark Fork River!
This is how you move hoppers cars in a small yard using a Trackmobile with rail wheels and rubber wheels without waiting for a real switch engine to do the work. Off Trent Avenue in Spokane if you were wondering.
Not a factory paint I would guess on this 1930 Ford Model A near the train club in the Spokane Valley. It's for sale if any of you folks are interested?

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