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Well I have some MILW pictures of yesterday vs today
I'd like to share. For me the MILW Bellingham Yard was
my stomping grounds as I rode my Schwin 2-speed bike
over to this place when I went to the "tracks" as a teen.
The Bellingham MILW yard was built a long time ago by
predecessor BB&BC in the early 1900's and I dont think
a thing was done to it since by the MILW as it was the
worst example of a railroad yard just prior to the MILW
pulling up stakes in Mar 1980. I got a chance in 2005 I
think to take a picture of the current MILW yard. Big
difference eh? All paved 3-4 track yard with a big condo
sitting above on the bluff in the background is where
the MILW roundhouse was. Where the MILW roundhouse
was in Bham is pretty much untracable now. Same goes
for all the MILW trackage that went from downtown Bham
towards Lake Whatcom. I really need to take a few
roadtrips up that way to see what if any MILW remains
on the Sumas Branch. I know the BN took over the MILW
track from Sumas to Lynden. The rest of the branch has
40-50ft trees growing in some places on the old right of way.



-- Edited by The Krink on Tuesday 30th of September 2014 01:09:48 AM

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Any guesses as to why this guy is running? 

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Calvin wrote:

Sixteen%20Mile%20Canyon%20DSC_3521-M.jpgEagles Nest Tunnel


 Sixteen Mile Canyon Montana.  Eagles Nest tunnel deep in the canyon.  Former Milwaukee Road mainline.



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West Portal of Eagles Nest Tunnel along the Milwaukee Road in Sixteen Mile Canyon, Montana



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YardSlug wrote:

Any guesses as to why this guy is running? 

http://labboy.smugmug.com/Trains/Milwaukee-Road/i-KkNNhDs

 


Hell yes, he's running for the other end of that crossover, I suspect.  A once commonly expected practice.  As old head HAWG Cal once said to young brakeman Cy, "Kid, you better run 'cause I've slowed 'er down all I'm going to".

I watched a brakeman run one day, some Valley guy, at Watkins Yard, Pipes, for all he was worth, on the Heavy Side (do they still call it the Heavy Side?) ahead of a coal train, that fellow was a champ, I'm telling you, this in Cy's very early days of railroading.  No, I was sitting on a yard engine on the Lite Side watching the sprinter.



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Cy Valley wrote:
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Any guesses as to why this guy is running? 

http://labboy.smugmug.com/Trains/Milwaukee-Road/i-KkNNhDs

 


Hell yes, he's running for the other end of that crossover, If they get the train yarded and get to the yard office, they will double back and not go to the AFHT Hotel. 


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http://labboy.smugmug.com/Trains/Milwaukee-Road/i-KkNNhDs

 


 The BOSS has announced by radio that he has cut the cab away. If the rearend slows or stops anywhere else other than clear of the cab track theres gonna be hell to pay.



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Calvin wrote:
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Any guesses as to why this guy is running? 

http://labboy.smugmug.com/Trains/Milwaukee-Road/i-KkNNhDs

 


Hell yes, he's running for the other end of that crossover, If they get the train yarded and get to the yard office, they will double back and not go to the AFHT Hotel. 


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Most guys that I knew that did that used a sharp pencil and fictional times.  And maybe a little high speed yarding, tu.

Did the dirt-poor Milwaukee crews have radios?  

Krink's picture of the deplorable MILW yard reminds me of the small yard that was located in Cy's home county on a PRR branch.



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Did the dirt-poor Milwaukee crews have radios?  


 The Milwaukee was broke but they still had ta pay their crews....If B&O guys had their own CB portables, I'd bet Milw guys did too,

The old head B&O guys told me you could get the batterys from the Trainmaster for those radios, and they (batterys) didn't fit anything else the

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Yes, that's what some of the BOT's carried in this part of the world, tu. Some of them didn't bother and I don't recall them working all that well, certainly not well enough to be making very many moves. Don't recall the volume being all that loud when you did get someone, they mostly turned them on only when you'd stop somewhere to see if the brakeman had gone to the phone or someone had keyed up the dispatcher to see what was going on.

Ah, the good old days.



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Snippy used CB on an Alco S-2. Or was it an S-1? Had to keep an alligator clipped ground on the brake valve to try to control the static. Kept the wire close for 'super squelch' static reduction using your body.

We loaded rail barges. Pitifully unsafe.

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