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I go back to about 1974 in my dining pleasures in Fairhaven
with none other than the "Fairhaven Resturant" which might
be one of the first "high"-end resturants in Bellingham. Always
entered the place with the "munchies" with my friends who got
me that way. Always ordered the "French Onion Soup". Later
on in the 1970's "Dos Padres" across the street had great
Mexican food and traditional (in Bellingham) very strong
cocktails. I always ordered a Zombie with my dinner.
Think the Fairhaven resturant is called something else now.
Fairhaven is the current home of the Amtrak Station stop
for Bellingham. While Amtrak dint stop anywhere in the 1880's,
The town of Fairhaven had all kinds of railroad activity back
then which I have some pictures of. The MILW never made it
to Fairhaven so I have to end it here.

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I was thinking that I might have the "least photographed"
MILW station sign on the whole system. BUT tragedy happened
to the photo taking it out of a photo album as a very crucial part
got ripped off the picture...like the tracks. Seems I was making
some photo-documentury a while back where I scanned the
photo and "cloned-out" the "N" that was spraypainted at the
righthand side of "Columbia" in real life and added some text
to the picture. Thats all I got unless after going through my
MILW negatives for 10th time I find that negative..this ultra-
rare MILW location atop a steep grade..Reese Hill..may end
up with these 2 pics. Next stop after Columbia would be
Limestone Jct where the trains usually passby and then go
backwards to the Limestone Quarry loading tracks.



-- Edited by The Krink on Sunday 15th of March 2015 12:30:16 AM

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I was sort of surprised to see a copy of CTC Board Magazine
with a pretty darn good article on the MILW in Bellingham
by a guy I never met but it seems we crossed paths many
times in the mid-to late 1970's without ever meeting. Al
Currier did a great job on this article with his own pictures.
I had already given up on CTC Board as a subscriber as they
had a had many disruptions in service to the point I dint care.
Too bad because the one CTC Board issue that would be a
"keeper to me" came out after I "unsubscribed". I'm hoping
this link to the CTC Board Article works.

No it dint work but its the March 1999 CTC Board Magazine.

I have a PDF file with the whole article but I cant post it

which success so far. So the good thing is my close RR friend

met up with Al Currier and Al is letting my friend and me scan

all his slides of the MILW operations in Bellingham from 1976-

1980-D Day. Can promise some MILW pix coming forth.



-- Edited by The Krink on Tuesday 21st of April 2015 02:04:57 AM

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Dont think Al will mind a few teaser pictures that have been
forwarded to me. Of the whole history of this line from its
B.B & B.C. beginings in the late 1890's.. the "last 10 years"
when the MILW gained trackage rights as a result of the BN
Merger in 1970 is "the story" here for this line that had a
pretty hum-drum existance until then. Now the MILW was
promoting their direct route to Sumas Wa and connections
with the CP and BCH in Huntingdon BC to Vancouver BC.
Little did the ones making these routings of rail traffic
via the MILW from Tacoma to Sumas WA actually get to
inspect the track and see for themselves that it was 25mph
at best with a 70% chance of derailing any day. I'm
working with several "potential authors" right now and
maybe a book will emerge someday just about the MILW
in Whatcom County..Bellingham to Sumas. Al Currier
was taking pictures of the MILW at Bham when I was
away working for the BN in Everett during the mid-70's.
During the 1970's the MILW they started running these
"extra-limestone" trains that used to be part of the local
every day but now the local is a "hot MILW" train now
and so we start seeing these "extra ore trains". Not many
pictures of this operation at the Bham Cement Plant were
taken but Al got a great shot of a MILW loaded ore train
coming into the Cement Plant area. Its pics like that make
Al my friend. He also got a pic of MILW 156 sitting at Bham.



-- Edited by The Krink on Thursday 23rd of April 2015 01:29:23 AM

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