Monday, March 31, 2008

Thunder in the Mountains!

Great Northern 3025. Gold Bar Washington, February 1969. I’ve mentioned before my adoration of Great Northern dispatchers ability to round up whatever was sitting around the roundhouse at Interbay and glue them together into colorful power packs!

A mixture of this-and-that wind up east of Gold Bar, climbing up to the Cascade Tunnel. Words cannot describe the awesome power and roar as these diesel engines, floor boarded in Run 8, passing less than 50 feet away from me. I could feel the reverberation in my chest!

Geeze. I miss the Great Northern.

Winds of change are in the air, as we notice a "Big Sky Blue" paint scheme in the middle of this consist. Can consolidation and a Fallen Flag be just over the hill?

Railroad Stuff: Great Northern 3025, General Motors GP-35, 2,500 hp, built March 1964, serial number 28441, became Burlington Northern 2508, retired April 1987, ending up at St. Louis Auto Shredding in August 1987.

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