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Trunk Line: 1941

Trunk Line: 1941

July 1941. "Logging train. Spalding Junction, Nez Perce County, Idaho." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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O'l 1618

looks like an oil burner, not much smoke and no coal in the tender.

Name Shaming

The 2-8-2 wheel arrangement for steam locomotives is called a Mikado in reference to an order placed for such locomotives by Japan in 1897. This title was a tough sell during World War II, so it was renamed MacArthur for the duration.

NP 1618

From the NPRHA website

http://www.nprha.org/NP%20Locomotive%20Card%20Scans/1618.pdf

Built March 1907
Scrapped June 1958

NP Engine 1618

No word on the eventual fate of this particular workhorse but the engine was one of a large series built for Northern Pacific by ALCO (Brooks) in 1904-05. Some of them were still on duty when the last steam engines were finally retired from the roster in 1958.

Patsy & Willie

"Keep your hand upon the throttle and your eyes upon the rail”

-- Life’s Railway to Heaven

... And Some Utility Poles

The first flatcar is loaded with telephone/telegraph poles ready for use. Note the bottoms are dipped -- probably creosote. They look to be about the same size as the poles along the right-of-way, so the might be for the railroad itself.

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