Until the Great Merger took place, Seattle had a plethora of roads and power packs that contributed to enjoyable railroading. The Great Northern, Northern Pacific, Union Pacific, and Milwaukee Road had distinct personalities with a great variety of road and yard locomotives to observe.
The other thing they had in common; great outlook toward rail fans! I often prowled the round house out at Interbay, the diesel shop in Auburn, and the busy interior of Milwaukee's facilities at the Tide Flats. The rule universally understood: Look but don't touch!
In a previous post, we included a shot of a Great Northern transfer run along Alaskan Way, taken from the Lenora Street overpass, which fed the Canadian Pacific pier. There were few footbridges from First Avenue to the waterfront over Alaskan Way. I have forgotten which overpass this was taken from, perhaps Seneca Street, and that is a Northern Pacific Railway transfer unit shuffling south bound from Great Northern's Interbay Yard, with the massive support pillars of the Alaska Way Viaduct in the background.
Then, too, she may have also come from the area around Lake Union, as there was an NP bridge over the Lake Washington Ship canal just west of Ewing Street. The tracks up in that area were converted to the Burke-Gilman Trail, a very popular "Rails to Trails" bike/hike corridor along the Ship Canal and Lake Union, following the Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Route, later NP, BN.
|Rule #1: Never ever shoot at high noon!|
Ballast Island"[pdf 3.09MB] now buried under the Seattle waterfront at the foot of Washington Street.
The Ballast Island "Formation" is one geological feature Seattle Tunnel Partners wants TBM Bertha to avoid. (No! Bertha still isn't glued back together! At last report, she'll resume boring in November, 2015, 2 years behind schedule.)
• ALCo S1 660hp
• Built: 8/1945 as NP 131
• SN: 73585.
• Prime mover, McIntosh & Seymour 539 4 cycle straight six. (M&S was purchased by ALCo in 1929.) This motor was found on many a tugboat, including the Active, which I rode on many times as a kid with my Dad on the Puget Sound. She had a 500 hp main.
• Sold to International Terminals before the Merger.