Railroad history

Delve into the rich and captivating history of railroads, from their humble beginnings to their transformative impact on transportation. Discover the stories, innovations, and milestones that shaped the world we know today.
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Photo courtesy Blair Kooistra. August 1, 1983 Blair says: "The wheat' s been harvested and stubble lines the fields of rural Douglas County as an as-needed local from Wenatchee, bound for nearby Withrow, arrives at the elevator station of Supplee. Those Great Northern boxcars are fouling the main track, however, necessitating a bit of switching until the train can continue on to Withrow. This line was abandoned--along with the use of 40 foot boxcars for grain haulage--in 1985."

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Photos courtesy of Rob Leachman. March 24, 1971 Rob says: "The light was pretty diffuse as the Box Motors brought the Dead Freight East across the Beverly Bridge. But hey, I’ll take it! Most of the visible portion of the train was grain empties, a mix of box cars equipped with grain doors and covered hoppers." "I then got this nifty broadside view of the Box Motors coming off the bridge. Pans on the second and fourth units were up; there was no pan at all on the third unit! Note the open…