A dogcaught reader, Tom Zoellner, sent me an email the other day about his upcoming book. Tom says “Wanted to let you know about a forthcoming book I think you’d enjoy. It presents a side of railroad history you won’t see elsewhere. Plus I tried to make it as fun a read as possible. I spent four years trying to get to the bottom of what makes railroads work — both as transportation solutions and objects to fascinate the mind — and hopefully the book has some answers.” Intrigued I took a look at the trailer video he put together. I think this looks to be an interesting perspective on railroading. Take a look for yourself…
UP 4045 on the point of the K-BRLC passes through the winter wonderland at “The Slide”.
Merry Christmas everyone! As my last post indicated a major health issue impacted my family starting in October. Treatments are going well however I’m still in for a long commitment to this issue so I do not expect regular posts to begin again soon. In fact it could be another 6 to 9 months before the new normal settles in. As I mentioned previously, I’m making lemonade.
In the mean time I will pull an image from the archives to help put everyone in a Christmas mood. This image dates from December 2005 trip to Pengra Pass where our little group experienced some wonderful Northwest snow and enough train traffic to keep the trip very interesting. Oh and we had the pleasure of retrieving one of our vehicles out of a snowy ditch. Thank goodness for shovels, tire chains and clear thinking! That year enough snow fell to limit us to Fields and below on the north side of the pass. On the south side we ventured as far as Chemult where lots of dry snow lingered around in the single digit temperatures. Brrrr. It was cold but lots of great images came out of the effort.
As the saying goes when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Right now I’m making lemonade.
Thanks to a family health issue my focus over the next few months will be away from railfanning and photography. Instead I will focus on my family and getting well. The result is my contributions to dogcaught.com will be reduced. Thanks for the understanding.
Some of the best weather we have in the Pacific Northwest happens in September. The sun starts down after 7pm but with the warm days the temperatures are still comfortable enough to be outside after sunset. Early September usually remains dry so the skies are clear and the bugs are few. All this adds up to some great September nights outside!
Amtrak Cascades train 509 has a clear indication on the cantilever signal at Vader, WA on a beautiful September evening. 509 was the last of 14 trains passing this spot in a 4 hour period on September 12th 2013.
Long time dogcaught.com followers remember contributor Adron Hall. Adron runs a wonderful transit related blog on which he shares transit history, the economics behind transit, transit politics, and so much more. He recently started what he’s calling ‘Transit Sleuth TV’. Adron tells me that the show will be “…a multi-segment look at Portland Transit + Bike + Food + whatever other cultural bits seem to fit into it.” If you like transit subjects and/or Portland topics this will be fun to follow.
The first episode includes some interesting discussion from one of the transit related (and possibly beer drinking) meet ups Adron hosts in Portland. I thought the discussion was interesting and told Adron I would look forward to more of others thoughts on transit in Portland. Adron also showed in the first episode that sometimes using your bike to get around town can have issues! He has a great solution though that gets him where he needs to go.