Keeping the switches clear of ice in Chicago. Marshall W. Beecher, found here.

Keeping the switches clear of ice in Chicago. Marshall W. Beecher, found here.


Passenger trains once ran between Lewiston, ID and Spokane, WA. From one Bruce Butler, who lensed them as they passed through Pullman. The black & white photo caught the last run of the RPO-equipped, GP9-powered train at the long-gone Pullman depot; the color photo shows the RDC ambling towards Moscow immediately south of Pullman. The road cut in the background of the color image is still there, as is the little bridge under the RDC; WSU is in the background. This area has been extensively developed in the past fifteen years and the passenger trains, of course, are long gone.


Of all the things I never thought I’d see in Marshall, Washington…

Of all the things I never thought I’d see in Marshall, Washington…


Taken by one Christine Tharp. Greybull, WY.

Taken by one Christine Tharp. Greybull, WY.


Joel P. King. My friend went and left us.


Northbound W&I Railway freight about halfway between Palouse and Garfield, Whitman County, WA. June, 2013.

Northbound W&I Railway freight about halfway between Palouse and Garfield, Whitman County, WA. June, 2013.


Washington & Idaho Railway locomotives tying up for the night between the elevators in Palouse, Washington. July 24, 2013.

Washington & Idaho Railway locomotives tying up for the night between the elevators in Palouse, Washington. July 24, 2013.


Eastbound BNSF stack train races out of Spokane in the failing late December light.

Eastbound BNSF stack train races out of Spokane in the failing late December light.


Blair Kooistra, photographer: Old forty-foot Northern Pacific boxcars loaded to their 50 ton capacity with wheat clomp across a rural grade crossing near Creston, Washington, bound east on the CW local returning to the mainline at Cheney. High-capacity hopper cars have just about done in the movement of wheat in boxcars in the west; in a few years, such scenes will cease to exist.

Blair Kooistra, photographer: Old forty-foot Northern Pacific boxcars loaded to their 50 ton capacity with wheat clomp across a rural grade crossing near Creston, Washington, bound east on the CW local returning to the mainline at Cheney. High-capacity hopper cars have just about done in the movement of wheat in boxcars in the west; in a few years, such scenes will cease to exist.