Photos from the Main Line
This scene is a late model Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight on the West Central near Pine Haven.
set of Northern Pacific F units emerge from one of the tunnels at St.
John's Pass (restroom). Crew members on trains through this
region need to beware the dreaded "Pass Gas," sometimes reported
to bring tears to the eyes.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight approaches the water tower at
Summit, the highest elevation on the West Central railroad
system. The water tower was not removed at the end of steam
operation in 1960, and has become useful to resumed steam excursion
service. The background scenery was painted by club member Dennis
Central steam switcher No.1060 spots reefer cars for the Midland Meats
packing plant, sometime in the early 1950s. It looks like the
guys on the loading dock might be in some trouble for dropping a
ice reefer cars near the Midland Meats packing plant adjacent to
Woodman Yard. Loaded cars from the packing plant could be iced
just before leaving the area. Cars in transit could be backed
into the icing dock by a switcher and then cut back into their
train. Union Ice building and ice dock by Dennis Hamilton.
West Central Alco RS-2 accelerates away from the reefers with a blast
of signature Alco smoke. A few of these units were purchased in
the late 40s as a replacement for worn out 2-6-0s and 4-4-0s steam
engines still being used on some unprofitable branch lines. The
Alcos showed that one diesel could replace four older steamers in
branchline service and cut the labor needed to one third. This
saved many branch lines from abandonment for 20 years or more.
These 1,500 horsepower road switchers ran very well for the West
Central Railroad. They were seldom used at full power for
sustained periods, thus the series 244 engines did not develop the
problems that they did on road engines.
A West Central consolidation steam engine trundles up the Third Division between Crawford and Summit.
The West Central passenger depot at Crawford.
Diesels on the WC
Steam on the WC
WC branch line to Summit