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Date: 05/25/22 15:51
Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: Ritzville

It was a cloudy mild humid day in Ritzville, WA on the BNSF Lakeside Sub on the Northern Transcon. The high-low was 75-50 the warmest day this year so far, warmer tomorrow, then rain. Monday had thunderstorms with a good light show. With MoW working no trains in the morning, same for yesterday. Traffic is at 16 trains since midnight with more on the way. Here are some trains from Monday and today.

5/23/2022

1. WB 301pm 2x3x3 Super grain train with BNSF 8276-4998 on the point with DPU's.
2. Middle DPU's BNSF7352-4239-3830 on same train.
3. End DPU's BNSF 7732-4723-8103 on same Super train.








Date: 05/25/22 15:55
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: Ritzville

4. WB 315pm grain train with BNSF 7842 and CN 2234 on the pull with DPU.
5. DPU BNSF 9253 on same train.
6. EB 549pm manifest train with BNSF 8101 on the point with DPU.








Date: 05/25/22 15:58
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: Ritzville

7. DPU BNSF 4439 on same train.
8. WB 609pm grain train with BNSF 5350 and Warbonnet 773 on the pull with DPU and a friendly toot-toot from the hogger.
9. DPU BNSF 7569 on same train.








Date: 05/25/22 16:05
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: Ritzville

10. WB 620pm manifest train with BNSF 7378-7521 on the point with no DPU. A light rainbow showing.
11. Light rainbow still showing over moving freight on same train.
12. WB 633pm oil train with BNSF 6590-7648 on the pull with DPU's and a friendly toot-toot from the hogger.








Date: 05/25/22 16:08
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: Ritzville

13. DPU's BNSF 8247-6985 on same oil train.

5/25/2022

14. Grab shot of EB 1240pm "Z" train with BNSF Orange Blast on the point with no DPU.
15. TOFC rolling in same train.








Date: 05/25/22 16:20
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: Ritzville

16. WB 112pm "Z" train with BNSF H1 1000-7398-8187-7562 on the pull with no DPU and a friendly toot-toot from the hogger.
17. TOFC rolling in same train.
18 One lonely UPS trailer rolling in same "Z".








Date: 05/25/22 16:25
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: Ritzville

19. WB 229pm manifest train with BNSF 3267-3998 on the point with no DPU.

Now for a bit of Traction from the Andy Goddard collection, Jerry Squire photos.

20. Los Angeles MTA Pacific Electric Blimb in the 1960's I believe in Long Beach, CA. Verification help Charlie.
21. Pacific Electric non-electric Motor 1654 with a short freight. The trolley pole is for wig-wag activation. Not sure of location.








Date: 05/25/22 16:30
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: Ritzville

22. Key System F Train 172 in Oakland, CA in 1950's. Not sure of location, but looks familiar.
23. OT--A flock of LA Crosstown Lines busses in Los Angeles area in the 1950's. Not sure of location.

That's it for today. Hope everyone has a great evening and tomorrow. Thank you so much for looking!

Larry
Ritzville, WA






Date: 05/25/22 16:37
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: stevelv

Additional traction is always cool at the end of your human web cam efforts Larry.  The short freight shot today is priceless!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/25/22 16:39 by stevelv.



Date: 05/25/22 19:18
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: Railpax71

#22 You are back at Yerba Buena and San Pablo in Emeryville on the other side of the Bank of America building in a previous post.  The photographer was near the tower to the right our of view.



Date: 05/25/22 19:42
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: Ritzville

Thanks Steve for your kind comments. Thanks Railpax71 for the destination info of Emeryville, much appreciated!

Larry



Date: 05/25/22 19:55
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: swaool

Larry - X2200S #51 has that Pacific Electric 1654 as a Phase III GE 44-tonner, built 10/31/44, GE serial 18183.  Leased to SP (as T&NO #17) 11/1/58, sold 12/23/60 to W.T. Carter & Brothers Lumber Co., Camden TX, transferred to subsidiary Moscow, Camden & San Augustine Ry #17, sold via BR&L/Silcott 6/11/73 to Transco Service Inc. at Logansport IN (freight car rebuilder).  No data after that, but here she is as MC&SA #17: http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/misc-m/mcsa17a07.jpg

mike woodruff
spokane



Date: 05/25/22 20:39
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: cewherry

No 20 is indeed in Long Beach. The Long Beach Federal Savings office was at 328 Long Beach Blvd and 
the US Post Office was next door as the 'drive-up' mail boxes we see here show. LA Metro's Blue Line runs
here today.

No 21 shows one of the five GE 44-Ton diesels the PE bought in 1943-44. As it turned out the 1654 was the
very last piece of equipment to be lettered and numbered in the PE 'family'. As you noted, they were equipped
with trolley poles for crossing signal activation and throughout their time on PE rails could be seen throughout
the system. As to location--I haven't a clue except to note that PE often ran "Banana Extras" from dock side in
L.A. harbor to their facility at 8th St Yard, rushing the perishable fruit to market. Possibly the 1654 is doing the
honors on this occasion.

No 23 appears to be Cross Town Bus Lines terminal somewhere in their service area. I see "Greyhound" markings
on the building, maybe they shared maintenance facilities.

Charlie
 

 



Date: 05/25/22 20:48
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: cewherry

swaool Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Larry - X2200S #51 has that Pacific Electric 1654
> as a Phase III GE 44-tonner, built 10/31/44, GE
> serial 18183.  Leased to SP (as T&NO #17)
> 11/1/58, sold 12/23/60 to W.T. Carter & Brothers
> Lumber Co., Camden TX, transferred to subsidiary
> Moscow, Camden & San Augustine Ry #17, sold via
> BR&L/Silcott 6/11/73 to Transco Service Inc. at
> Logansport IN (freight car rebuilder).  No data
> after that, but here she is as MC&SA
> #17: http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/misc-m/mcsa17a
> 07.jpg

In the photo I see she still had the trolley pole mounting platform atop her cab as well as a 
definite SP black & orange influence; see the safety slogan circle above the footboard. 
Of course, 1966 was only 8 or so years after leaving SP.
Thanks for showing. 

Charlie 
 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/25/22 20:57 by cewherry.



Date: 05/25/22 22:07
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: Ritzville

Thanks Mike and Charlie for a swoosh of interesting information, much appreciated. Always learn something new.

Larry



Date: 05/25/22 23:16
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: funnelfan

Still trying to piece together the details, but Tuesday night close to midnight a eastbound BNSF train that passed through Cheney had a broken wheel on a car that was slamming the rail and broke it. That delayed several trains including Amtrak #28 that was held out at Babb close to 3 hours. Amtrak #27 was also delayed around 30 minutes. I also saw that #7 Wednesday morning had a lot of trouble after leaving Wenatchee (17 minutes late). It was two and a half hours late at Leavenworth and arrive at Seattle nearly 4 hours late. Therefore tonight's #8 was two hours late leaving Seattle.Now I'm watching this westbound loaded grain train that just crawled into Cheney that is dealing with a dynamiter. The train was crawling into town to setout a bad order car (not sure if it's the dynamiter) and I looked out to see why the train was going so slow just in time to hear the air dump. They said the air has dumped three times since leaving Spokane...every time they have set air on the train.Working for a railroad is always an adventure!

Ted Curphey
Cheney, WA



Date: 05/25/22 23:24
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: Ritzville

Sounds like a bad night for some crews, where nothing goes right.

Larry



Date: 05/26/22 11:12
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: krm152

Great job with the clouds.  I think they add interest and drama.
Day was kind of light on EMD's but #9253 made it through.

TRACTION
Pacific Electric #1654 action scene is really a historic treasure.
The Cros Town Bus scene is interesting but the polka dot scheme is a bit much.

Pacific Electric fans please note that the June 2022 issue of Railfan & Railroad includes an article about Pacific Electric lines still going.

Thanks for another great day of traffic and traction.

ALLEN



Date: 05/26/22 21:48
Re: Rolling Into Mid-Week On The BNSF with Dark Clouds-Traction
Author: Ritzville

Thanks Allen, I felt the same about the polka dot bus, lol.

Larry



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