Tacoma Division - Tacoma, Washington
Superintendent's Office - Tacoma Union Station
January 3, 1966 - Monday
January 2 Extra 7011D East left Yakima 925 PM with 21-1-1511. No perishables. -IWB
January 2 Number 601 arrived Yakima 622 PM with 42-4-2484, departed 627 PM, arrived Auburn 1038 PM, departed 1053 with 23-2-1223, arrived Seattle 1133 PM. -IWB
January 2 Numbers 640 and 642 not run.
January 2 Extra 7011D East left Auburn 215 PM with 33-4-2241.
January 3 Numbers 600 and 606 not run. -IWB
January 2 First 679 left Lake Yard 215 PM with 87-18-5975, eight TOFC loads for Seattle, two for Tacoma, one for Yakima.
January 2 Second 679 left Lake Yard 1035 PM with 61-19-4573, no TOFC loads. -IWB
Weather Report - Mountain.
Yakima: cloudy, wind calm, 36 above, six inches old snow; Cle Elum: wind west, clear; Auburn: wind east, clear; Easton: light snow, calm, 26 above, trace of new snow, 45 inches total. Lester not reporting. To come: 603 500 PM, 601 630 PM. -IWB
January 2 at 200 PM no phone between Kanaskat and Yakima, Morse wire OK. At 1030 PM January 2 no wire or phone between Auburn and Yakima, necessary to use long distance Bell Telephone to Yakima, Ellensburg, Cle Elum, Easton, and Lester. Understand heavy snow between Eagle Gorge and Lester and there are several breaks between Maywood and Lester. -IWB
January 2 Number Two left Seattle 45 minutes late with 14 cars. Arrived Yakima one hour eight minutes late, departed one hour five minutes late with 15 cars. Delayed Seattle 45 minutes loading eight coaches off Number 407 which arrived 955 PM, eight minutes East Auburn for passengers, five minutes at Kanaskat for passengers, three minutes at Lester for passengers, seven minutes at Easton meeting Number 603, Extra 2522 West, picked up RPO 81 at Yakima. -IWB
One hundred fifty-two welds today, total welds to date 3687, 16 hours worked. -C.R. Anzalone, Roadmaster, Centralia, WA
Number 603 Extra 2522 West arrived Auburn 450 Am with 48-26-3457, including 15 Seattle cars, no carloaders. Seattle connection handled by Extra 219 West, Crew Four. Connection made up from yard at 525 AM, waybills 515 AM, engine on 530 AM, air 532 AM, departed 535 AM with 15-0-661. Arrived Seattle 615 AM. Delayed 15 minutes switching. -AAJ
Engineer Johnson on 603 advises trees across lines just west of Lester. Broken wires between signals 63.5 and 64.9, 400 yards west to west switch at Maywood, 600 yards east of east switch Maywood and also breaks in the wires near Sweeney's Ranch to east end Humphrey. About 50 breaks in the above vicinity. Signals 63.5, 64.9, 69.5, and 60.5 at Stop. -IWB
At 7 AM engineer on Enumclaw Local reports three over wires just west of Reservation. Also broken wires between Milwaukee [Road] overhead Reservation and Puyallup River Bridge. -IWB
Eight AM Wire Report.
[Wire] 951 shorted between Elma and Shelton measures 16.6 miles west of Elma. [Wire] 952 MCD 302 no dialing this account. Three reported in line just west of Reservation 902 Local 218-281 open this account LAA to cover. FJC Tacoma, DAW Centralia, MWI Castle Rock. Copy IWB CGS Tacoma, GFH FJC Seattle. -PEN
City of Aberdeen is opening Wishkah Street crossing at 9 AM today and expect a traffic density of approximately 3850 vehicles per day and approximately 270 vehicles per hour. Crossing is now protected by a crossbuck sign. -IWB
At request of Great Northern Crew One this morning will arrange to turn NYC 159683 at Meeker reporting all time consumed for charge to Great Northern. -IWB
Mr. Arbogast furnish two GP-9 units in multiple. Engine crew on duty 1115 AM. Mr. Jacobson furnish train crew two brakemen on duty 1115 AM. All called for work train service and run caboose hop from Auburn giving this train two cabooses run to Kanaskat pick up Communication crews and work as directed by Communication Department between Kanaskat and Lester making line repairs and when work completed will handle Communication crews back to Kanaskat and report for further instructions. When calling these men be sure and notify them that there are no restaurants in this vicinity so they can carry lunches if they desire. -IWB
Sunday January 9 Number Two will stop at Kanaskat to detrain or entrain passengers and will stop at Maywood to discharge or pick up maintenance men and loggers. -IWB
On completion of work today Mr. Price please confer with Chief Dispatcher advising if a work train will be required to handle communications employees in AM. Memo: C.J. Price advises that they must have another work train tomorrow morning. -IWB
Ronald Local will take section crew and run through all siding between Ellensburg and Cle Elum advising from Cle Elum if all sidings in service. Memo: Account heavy snowfall Cle Elum Local has a light day today . Has business for Ronald [Roslyn] Branch but agent advises snow is too heavy and will have to be plowed with spreader before they can get up on this branch. -IWB
Mr. Arbogast furnish two units in multiple. Engine crew on duty 245 PM. Mr. Jacobson furnish train crew two brakemen on duty 245 PM. All called for work train service. Give them spreader complete and this train will plow snow on Cascade mountain as directed by Roadmaster. This crew will be out less than six days and need not be assigned and will probably be out two days. Called should notify crews when calling them that there will be no eating facilities in this vicinity so that they may carry lunches if they so desire. -IWB
Resurfacing main track with bunker ballast from 600 feet west Mile Post Two to 1500 feet west Mile Post Two with Tamper 159 and power jack total 900 feet. Delayed account placing cross ties in crossing. -J.P. Pipkin, [Section Foreman], Woodinville, WA
Surfacing main track with bunker ballast with Tampers 150 and 159 from 5000 feet west Mile Post One to 1320 feet west of Mile Post Two, 12th Subdivision, total feet 1600. Train delay one hour Tamper 159 repairs two hour delay. -J.P. Pipkin
Box Car Special Number Two departed Glendive [MT] this AM with 37 large box for Auburn and 49 high box for Spokane. See kept intact handling through on close connections furnishing X-3 reports to cover. -E.S. Ulyatt, General Superintendent of Transportation, St. Paul, MN
Box Car Special Number One departed Forsyth [MT] this AM with 45 large box for Auburn and 65 high box and grain box for Spokane. See kept intact handling through on close connections furnishing X-3 reports to cover. -E.S. Ulyatt
Box Car Special Number Three departed Dickinson [ND] this AM with 105 large box for Auburn. See kept intact handling through on close connections furnishing X-3 reports to cover. -E.S. Ulyatt
Box Car Special Number Four departed Dickinson [ND] this AM with 71 large box for Auburn. See kept intact handing though on close connections furnishings X-3 reports to cover. -E.S. Ulyatt
Wednesday January 5 Number 460 into Tacoma will have on read Great Northern Business Car A-1, Vice President Mr. C.E. Finley. Mr. Torklep see car cut off and parked for occupancy. January 5, same date, Mr. Torklep will arrange to add this car to rear Number 458 at Tacoma for Portland where parked for occupancy. Thursday, January 6, Mr. Jones see the above car properly turned is added to rear Number 407 at Portland for Seattle. Car will be occupied by Mr. Finley on all above moves. -IWB
Boise Cascade at Cabin Creek now advice account deep snow at that location that they will discontinue log loading at Cabin Creek until March 1 or later. Agent Easton arrange to have the 51 empties on hand billed to Ellensburg as soon as they can be made ready for movement. Memo: We will have to watch and have 640 or a work train take these cars to Ellensburg. -IWB
Regarding moving Cat T-57 from Veazey to Stampede. All concerned please see moved through with least possible delay as this Cat required on Mountain for handling snow. Memo: Talked with Jerry Price and he advises will not work to put this Cat on his work train in AM as he cannot spare the work train long enough to run the Cat up to Stampede. Looks like our next best bet would be Number 640 in AM. -IWB
Unfilled orders for tonight for: 23 50-foot double door [box] for dressed lumber and plywood east; 11 same pulp and paper local; 17 same paper California; eight same shakes California; five 50-foot single door [box] dressed lumber and plywood east; three same pulp east; five same lumber and shakes California; one same glue Oregon; 33 40-foot double door [box] dressed lumber and plywood east; three 40-foot eight-foot door [box] pulp east. Short for BCE: five 50-foot single door [box] plywood east; two 50-foot double door [box] same; five 40-foot double door [box] plywood east. Reported losses: Tacoma: one 50-foot single door [box] furfural Oregon; Everett: one 40-foot double door [box] plywood east. -IWB
Unloaded at Kelso today following eleven air dumps which are being returned empty to Tacoma. Please arrange to have these air dumps forwarded to Veazey for reloading with rip rap rock. NP 89075, 90074, 89071, 89070, 89084, 89076, 89099, 89072, 89091, 89077, 89080. -HCW [H.C. Weimer, Bridge and Building Supervisor, Tacoma, WA]
Conductor Peterson on snow crew Work Extra 283 today advises RI 25991 re-railed by his crew at Lester this AM. -IWB
Account large slide on SP near Shady Creek, Oregon, will not run Tacoma-Portland extra to protect Morning Star until sometime late Tuesday, January 4, as ordered by Chief Dispatcher. -IWB
Signal Maintainer Winlock today advises train order board Castle Rock out of service wire jumpered through. -IWB
Signal Maintainer Winlock advises at 130 PM today he found that vandals had broken both inner and outer lens signal 80.4 near Olequa. Mr. Pratt [Jerry Pratt, Property Protection, Special Agent, Seattle] please investigate. -IWB
Effective January 8 we will revert to three unit engine consists on Numbers One and Two between Livingston and Seattle. -IWB
Number 26 today left Seattle on time with 12 cars, arrived Yakima 608 PM 23 minutes late, left Yakima 628 PM 38 minutes late. Delayed eight minutes East Auburn for baggage, ten minutes account heavy snow conditions between Easton and Ellensburg, five minutes Ellensburg for baggage, 15 minutes Yakima for baggage.
January 4 Mr. Arbogast furnish two GP-9 units in multiple. Engine crew on duty 430 AM. Jacobson furnish train crew two brakemen on duty 430 AM. All called for work train service and furnish two cabooses run caboose hop from Auburn pick up Communications crew at East Auburn and will work as directed between Humphrey and Lester making line repairs. When calling these crews notify them that there are no restaurants in this working are so they may carry lunches if they so desire. -IWB
Mr. Jacobson deadhead train crew two brakemen. Mr. Arbogast deadhead engine crew to Cle Elum on Number 600 in AM. Crew called for work train service and unless otherwise instructed this crew will relive Work Extra 338 handling snow equipment on First Subdivision as directed by Roadmaster. Conductor Mylnar and crew, Engineer [Sammy] Watterson and fireman will tie up at Cle Elum after relieved by this deadhead crew and will leave their calling addresses at Cle Elum depot and will be called for further work train service. -IWB
Following from GN- "At 1130 AM date Bridge 12, between Marysville and Delta Junction stuck half open and no power. Electricians from Seattle and B&B men from Everett able to close bridge for train operation 140 PM. Found wires leading to main service underneath bridge shorted out and burned off. Delayed NP 284 North about one hour 30 minutes. Delayed First 712 and Number 714 each 30 minutes. No other trains delayed. Electrical Department making repairs. -IWB
Author: John A. Phillips, III. Title: A Week in the Life, January 3, 1966.