Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Great Northern Potpourri!

Great Northern 425, departure from Interbay Yard, Seattle, June 1969. By far, of all the railroads available to me in Seattle in the late ‘60’s, Great Northern was my favorite.

My high school sweetheart and I lived in an apartment overlooking Interbay Yard. We were less than a mile from Bridge 4.

I had just gotten out of the US Air Force, and following a year at KTIL in Tillamook, I landed a midnight to six am shift at KBLE AM/FM in Seattle as a country-western DJ.

For the most part, I just wandered down to the Yard and watched freighters move out, heading north toward Everett continuing north up the Puget Sound to Vancouver, or hanging a hard right, heading to the east over the Cascade Mountains.

Most times I went without my camera; just to enjoy the throttle up as heavy revenue pulled out of Interbay. What I loved about the Great Northern was their imagination and diversity!

In this example, we have an SD45 on point, pulling on an GE U33C, snagged onto another SD45, rubbing noses with an F7-Bravo, connected to an F9-Alpha, with a final SD45 rounding up the group!

Dispatchers grabbed whatever units were nervously sitting around, awaiting assignment!

Great Railroading!

Railroad Stuff: Great Northern 425, SD45, 3,600 hp, built EMD July 1968, SN 33792. Absorbed into the Burlington Northern as 6455, and subsequently returned to lesson, US Leasing and became Chicago & Northwestern 6574 in December 1983. Rebuilt as Southern Pacific SD40M-2 8618, January 1995. Became Union Pacific 4644.

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