I mentioned in my post about the southbound steam double header that there were quite a few local residents waiting patiently for the “steam train” south of Woodland. I choose to get one of my last photos of the train at speed on the sweeping curve that leads onto the Lewis River bridge where a group had gathered.
The Centralia South dispatcher held the 4449 north of the crossovers at Woodland until Amtrak 506 could get out of the way. The Lewis River bridge area is notorious for trespassers so I’m sure the engineer on 506 was nervous about blowing across the bridge at full speed knowing the ‘foamers’ would be hanging around the north end. His concerns were justified one individual continually stood between the rails as if he was taunting the engineer to come and get him. Fortunately he had the sense to move before this series of photos was snapped.
Waiting For The Steam Train