Also that same day at Stryker, WAMX GP38 #3807. Some old Conrail blue is peeking through:
Waiting next call on a hazy November, 2012 afternoon, WAMX GP35 #3517 at Stryker, Montana:
It's a beautiful mid-August, 2012 day. WAMX SW1200 #1214 rests, track work done for today.
The crew now has SW1500 #1501 and are busily switching customers on their line to Kalispell:
of 2011 is well along, #1214 is snoozing in late afternoon
The Western Building Company spur (Columbia Falls), Montana:
Late in the Summer of 2011, we managed to catch Eureka
as they headed east to interchange loads with BNSF Railway.
a couple of years ago, there was virtually no remaining business on
It was just sidings jammed full of contract stored (primarily tank and
Zero customers. Now most idle cars are gone.
The Gwynn Lumber Reload in Eureka is once more quite lively, sending
out bulkheads from Tembec
(via their British Columbia operations) and a customer in Fortine may
shipping chips again.
Just for information, this is a one man, all ("RCO") Remote Controlled
Mission Mountain Railroad (WAMX) GP38 #3807 is acting as "master" unit,
WAMX GP35 #3517, (ex-Palouse River & Coulee City #2357), as the
Made obvious as each time they passed, it was the horn of 3807 we would
Train assembled, air test made, moving ahead at Dewey Avenue in Eureka:
The old Great Northern Railway depot:
Past the old depot, on through the yard and out of
Greenbriar Leasing (GBRX) #34594 (ex-BN RR) on the loadout track in
Our train would pull past, then stop. Perhaps spotting empties for the
Our next stop, at Trego, we see a well worn rail. This old timer has
been turned due to wear,
which extends useful life. Markings are Great Northern Railway, 110
Until 1970, this was a transcontinental main line:
Any activity at Trego is long ago gone, so he passes
quickly through "town":
Entering Stryker, we see a some of those few remaining stored tank
He stops and lines over into the siding:
This ride must truly be no fun at all in snow and sub-zero weather:
After crossing this road, he is now on BNSF rails.
He'll continue on down to the wye to drop his loads. Then make
any pick-up(s) and head home:
It's the early Spring of 2010, and GP30 remote unit WAMX #301 is tied
up on the spur
behind Western Building Company (Columbia Falls), Montana:
The Fall of 2009 finds WAMX SW1500 #1501 resting behind the MMRR yard
Their little facility is tucked within Plum Creek Timber (Columbia