Thursday, June 15, 2017

UP+BNSF/Western Pacific+Great Northern Keddie Wye

(Bridge Hunter, no Historic Bridges, (Once again, the Google satellite image was broke.) Satellite (I normally turn off the labels on Bing satellite images, but I left them on to show the leg through the tunnel.))

The route through the tunnel exists on my 1928 RR Atlas. It was Western Pacific's mainline between California and Salt Lake City. I had to dig out my 1973 RR Atlas to find the route to the north and the  junction labeled Keddie Wye. The northern branch was shared with BN and ran through Westwood and Lookout to Klamath Falls, OR.

Marty Bernard posted two photos with the comment:
What a Difference the Lighting Makes
Roger Puta took these two Keddie Wye photos in March 1983. All the units are SD40-2s. Really nice photos but strikingly different.
1. UP 3663, 3341, and 3481
2. UP 3176, 3326, and another

Marty Bernard shared
UP on Keddie, CA Wye in March 1983. Roger Puta photo
Jeff Lewis commented on Marty's share
I stood in that very spot last summer. Trees are much taller now so you can no longer get that angle.

Jeff Lewis commented on Marty's share
You have to go east some distance.
Marty Bernard shared two photos with the comment: "Two Western Pacific Steam Photos, circa 1950."
1
Western Pacific 94, a 4-6-0 built in 1909 and last used in April 1953, with a passenger train on the Keddie Wye on May 14, 1950. Could be a fan trip, people on the ground about half way back. unknown photographer
Patrick Rose Big train for a 4-6-0 in the mountains.
Jonathan Schoen Ny first thought too, but it is on a 1% defending grade at this point.
Mike Tisdale By 1950, that would be a fan trip. The CZ was the primary train on the run and the Zephyrette RDC ran at night. As 94 was the engine at the WP last spike and is preserved, it is possible that the fan trip was doubleheaded for the uphill part of the run, but the helper was cut off and 94 ran it alone going down the mountain.

2
Western Pacific 179, a 4-8-2 built in 1924 purchased 1936 from Florida East Coast, seen here in Rock Creek trestle near Cresta, CA on May 5, 1951. unknown photographer
Patrick Rose That’s a tall wheeled loco for mountain work. But I could totally see her racing down the FEC with the varnish in tow.
Fred Jansz These tall wheeled WP beauties ran from Oakland to Salt Lake City on the Scenic Limited and the Exposition Flyer. Plenty of flatland to race on in Nevada & Utah.
Fred Jansz Beautiful. If it's May '51, it's probably taken during the last run.
Jeff Lewis shared
The best way to capture Keddie Wye these days, via drone. Third leg of the wye tunnels through the hill at the right.
Dan R. Scheidell posted
A little PASBAK from everyone's favorite wye. 3/24/2019


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