December 29, 1964. I captured this quartet of General Motors F7's just north of Interbay Yard in Seattle. I was home on Christmas Leave from the Air Force, and was doing some train chasing with my buddy El Purrington.
White Classification Lights announce train is an extra section running "off time table," protected by train orders.
Time Oil tank farm disappeared between 2005 and 2006. We are looking south toward the Fort Street Bridge in the background. I have written in detail about this structure that passes over the western approach to the Lake Washington Ship Canal, just west of the Hiram Chittenden Locks.
The engineer is keeping the slack tight at reduced speed, approaching the signal indicating Bridge 4 is down and locked. Within the hour, this freighter will hang a right turn in Everett, throttling up for the Cascade Mountains and Stevens Pass. Not until I scanned this Ektachrome slide did I realize the engineer is offering up a friendly wave!
By the way, if you are itching to move, here is a nice little property for sale on Commodore Way, over looking the Government Locks!
|Off map, to the south in Auburn, NP shops and class yard.|