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Old 12-04-2006, 09:03 PM   #1
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Default A ruined day

Thanksgiving Break gave me 8 days to come back home, visit friends, family, and trains. Pardon the long report w/ few pics, it was an odd days as you'll read.

Monday was the day I had allocated to hit up Stevens Pass for the day and railfan my brains out for the 3 months I hadnt seen a train. As I packed up all my stuff, I did not know what was happening just a few miles away from my house.

I gased up and took to the highway. In Monroe, I noticed that, oddly, the Boeing local was stopped for no real reason. My dad called me at that moment to tell me that the Sounders had been cancelled because of a derailment. He didnt know how serious it was and no news reports said how serious it was (at the time, it was still early). I thought nothing of it, and continued up the hill.

Arriving in Goldbar, I noticed an abandon train. Still running, on the siding. Snapped a couple of shots and contiuned up. Baring had the same results. Odd, I thought, as I contiuned east.

I arrived at the Cascade Tunnel, when I hear over NPR that there was a derailment blocking both main lines in Everett and the line wasnt going to open for another 14 hours. After yelling some profane language, I turned around and went back west to the derailment.

In Everett, Im driving towards the site, thinking to myself "wouldnt it be interesting if I went down there and Ross Fotheringham was there too." Thinking hte odds were low, I turned my mind back to trains and the radio.

I go out to a park that has access to the site, but it was high tide, so I was forced to stay on the ped bridge over the tracks. 3 people were there, a man with a camera, and a woman w/ her daughter.

I whip out my camera to take some pics, when the woman asked me if I went to Washington State U (I was wearing a WSU shirt), I replied yes. The man with the camera asked me the same question, then said "Are you Mike Bjork." I reply "Yes, who are you?" The man, to my amusement says "Im Ross Fotheringham." And we converse for a while, the depart. Heres his shot of the scene, as I didnt get a good one.
Image © Ross Fotheringham
PhotoID: 165964
Photograph © Ross Fotheringham


We depart, he goes back to work, and I get closer to the scene. Going down a service road, I get within 200' of the derailment and shoot off many shots. Heres some good ones.
Image © Mike Bjork
PhotoID: 166780
Photograph © Mike Bjork

Image © Mike Bjork
PhotoID: 166781
Photograph © Mike Bjork


Time passed, I watched them clean up, talked ot many people, then moved to the other side of the derailment via a train along the port.
Image © Mike Bjork
PhotoID: 166779
Photograph © Mike Bjork


It begins to rain like crazy, when I remember that they would be holding trains at Everett Station. I drive overe there just as it gets dark and get some great night shots at the station. However, I was tripodding it, but forgot to turn the ISO from 400 to 100, so all my shots came out very grainy. But one was good enough to put on RP.net
Image © Mike Bjork
PhotoID: 166782
Photograph © Mike Bjork


Then I headed home. I know some of you guys would like to see derailments, and this was my first major derailment. But dangit, I want mainline action, not mainline action in the water. Oh well, back in Pullman, and Christmas Break is coming up, maybe my luck will change then...
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