The Pacific Northwest Tour,2003

Blue Mountain Railroad


After packing up from the Joseph trip,the group headed over to Daytonin Washington State, a couple of hours drive away.

Dayton is still a country town, although like somany in America, it is having problems with larger towns, franchisestores and loss of employment. Dayton still has a large flour milland cannery providing work for the town, and for therailway.

Two buildings stood out, the Courthouse - sotypical of the style you see in the movies, and the Depot. The Depotwas built in 1881 and is the oldest in the State ofWashington.

The Depot was open whilst we set on, and I madeuse of its verandah to take some pics. I have not included them allhere, but will add them to a subsidary page at some stage. They aremost interesting to see as there are so many ways of "skinning acat"!

The set on was very smooth. Some 25 cars in 31minutes!

The trip was a day one, across to the town ofWallaWalla, which we had driven through on theway to set on, for lunch. The line runs through very rich farmingcountry. We saw some absolutely stunning crops on the way. I sharedpart of the ride with Jim and Pat Spicer, and with ClydeAndrews.

The other fantastic features of Dayton is theWienhardHotel and the cafe below it - absolutelyexcellent, and worth a deviation if you are needing a good feed and adecent bed!

Set on was Sunday June 21, and the run Monday June22.


Molson the Wonder Dog monitors the procedings at Dayton.

The Dayton Depot. The caretakers were really very kind, let me uponto the verandah to take photos, but would not allow me to make adonation. I, however HAD to sign the visitors book.

Lead car is Chris Baldos ST2AA, everyone on and ready to go in 35or so minutes - just stunning to watch.!

Heres a link to more photos of this very slick team

Preparing to cross at Bolles

The silos at Prescott. to the right of the photo is a largebunker.

Prescott

I know a couple of cockies who would kill for a crop likethis!

Yes, I have a "thing" for silos.

Whoever did this must have done some damage to their car.Apparently the Railroad has not heard anything!

Before bending the line, they swiped a fence, made of railwayiron.

This was very inconvenient, as we had to walk about a mile to ourlunch spot, the former Walla Walla Depot.

Kitty Alegre and T-bell take 5 prior to heading back toDayton!

Prescott Elevator - so many of these timber structures - toolittle film!

Clyde and Bonnie and their MT19, with Jim Haskins M19 behind, andof course the Prescott Elevator.

Clydes car folds down to a box - to eliminate the wind resistanceposed by the screen.

Variation on a theme

Jim Haskins M19, the Prescott elevator, and no Clyde car!


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