N.P. Ry.

Tell Tale Extra

A Week in the Life, January 4, 1966





Tacoma Division - Tacoma, Washington
Superintendent's Office - Tacoma Union Station
January 4, 1966 - Tuesday


249 AM
January 3 Extra 7008A left Yakima 1125 PM with 22-6-1503 including seven perishables. Delayed 25 minutes for White Swan connection, Fourth Sub Local arrived 835 PM, no perishables. North Yakima Valley arrived 900 PM, four perishables. White Swan arrived 1030 PM, no perishables, Ronald Local arrived 1020 PM, no perishables. -IWB


355 AM
January 3 First 679 left Lake Yard 205 PM with 65-38-5035, one TOFC load for Chehalis.
January 3 Second 679 left Lake Yard 1005 PM with 40-22-2984, one TOFC load for Seattle, two for Tacoma, one for Spokane. -IWB


552 AM
603 Extra 2521 West arrived Auburn 455 Am with 50-34-4149, including three Seattle cars, no carloaders. No connection, no rush Seattle cars. -AAJ


632 AM
January 3 Number 601 arrived Yakima 900 PM with 56-2-2698, departed 905 PM with 54-2-2628, arrived Auburn 125 AM, departed 140 AM with 37-2-1766, arrived Seattle 220 AM. -IWB


635 AM
January 3 Number two left Seattle on time with nine cars. Arrived Yakima seven minutes late, left Yakima nine minutes late. Set out 1616 and picked up RPO 83 at Yakima. Delayed three minutes East Auburn for passengers, two minutes Kanaskat for passengers, two minutes Cle Elum for passengers, two minutes Yakima for air. -IWB


640 AM
Weather Report - Mountain.
Yakima: Partly cloudy, wind calm, 22 above, Easton: light snow, moderated west wind, 28 above, 48 inches of snow; Lester: light snow, winds calm, 30 above, 38 inches of snow. To come: 603 700 PM, 601 830 PM. -IWB


643 AM
January 3 Numbers 640 and 642 not run.
January 4 Number 600 left Auburn 120 AM with 49-12-3663. Delayed 20 minute set out NP 98292 bad order.
January 4 Number 606 left Auburn 520 AM with 43-28-3606. -IWB


800 AM
Eight AM Wire Report.
Wire 951 open between Gate and Olympia. Wire 950 grounded between Olympia and Gate LAA MWI to cover. Wire 951 shorted between Elma and Shelton measures 11.2 miles west of Elma MWI LAA. Mason County Road Department reports knocked pole down three miles west of Shelton, all lines down MWI LAA to cover this afternoon. FJC Tacoma DAW Chehalis. GLB on Mountain. COPY IWB CGS Tacoma GFH FJC Seattle -PEN


935 AM
Account SP has large slide near Shady Creek, Oregon which they do not expect to have cleared until about 2 PM today and heavy snow in Dunsmuir area they have consolidated 366 and 376 which should arrive Portland sometime around noon January 5. We will run no Morning Star connection from Tacoma this morning to Portland and will not have a Morning Star from Portland January 5 and instead Mr. Jones will be sure all carloading cars that date are forwarded [on] First 679 and all concerned protect. -IWB


956 AM
January 3 Crew Three departed Auburn 640 PM with 4-28-999, arrived Tacoma 720 PM, departed 925 with 15-1-1190, arrived Auburn 1010 PM.
January 3 Crew Four departed Auburn 530 PM with 2-4-282, arrived Seattle 705 PM with 2-5-307, departed 900 PM with 36-22-2826, arrived 955 PM.
January 4 Number 600 departed Auburn 120 AM with 49-12-3663, arrived Yakima 807 AM, departed 817 AM. Number 600 delayed 20 minutes Auburn to set out NP 98292 bad order, 12 minutes Humphrey red block account snow in [slide detector] fence, 20 minutes Cle Elum to clean snow from switches, additional 25 minutes to meet Number One, 40 minutes Bristol to clean snow from switches, additional 25 minutes to meet Number 25, five minutes Yakima for air. -IWB


1023 AM
Mr. Jacobson be sure to forward Nelson's Cat T-57 loaded in NP 202246 along with Outfit Cars NP 203741 and 201326. Number 640 will make stop at Martin as directed allow Nelson to unload cat T-57 and Mr. Jacobson will also forward 205051 with Paul Anger's Cat T-26 along with 201413 KDB and 200589 supplies. Number 640 will stop at Stampede as requested while Cat T-26 is unloaded. After the two Cats are unloaded the balance of the cars will be handled to Easton and Work Extra 338 will handle the four outfit cars back to Stampede leaving the two empty flats at Easton. Memo: If we can get hold of [R.A.] Robey later check to see if 640 could bring the Cats right though to Easton where he might be available to take them right back up and do the unloading with the work train. -IWB


1048 AM
Now learn that account heavy storm conditions SP will not operate SP 11 from Portland today and we will not operate the SP Sleeper Car 116 on Number 408 Seattle to Portland and will instead hold that equipment at Seattle. For your information it has been learned that passengers that left Portland on Greyhound bus yesterday are still in southern Oregon and Greyhound is accepting people only subject to heavy delay account roads impassable and they are not getting through. -IWB


1101 AM
Great Northern Business Car A-1 arriving Tacoma on Number 460 January 5, to leave on Number 458 same date. Great Northern had now requested Bell Telephone connection for this car during the time it is at Tacoma. Will Mr. Nation please make the necessary arrangements. -IWB


1236 PM
Effective Thursday, January 6, 1966, one conductor, three brakemen, and one engineer assigned to Numbers 675-675 between Auburn and Sumas, home terminal Auburn, working as follows: First day, Auburn to Sumas via Hartford; Second day, layover at Auburn.
Effective Friday, January 7, 1966, one conductor, three brakemen, and one engineer assigned to Numbers 675-676 between Auburn and Sumas, home terminal at Auburn, working as follows: First day, Auburn to Sumas via Hartford, Sumas to Auburn via Hartford; Second day, layover at Auburn. -IWB


1253 PM
On Wednesday, January 6, Mr. Arbogast furnish extra engine crew and Mr. Jacobson furnish Chain Gang train crew and caboose to protect Number 675, Auburn to Sumas. This crew will deadhead on Number 676 same day Sumas to Auburn.
Effective Thursday, January 7, until further advised Mr. Arbogast will furnish extra fireman each day to protect Number 675, Auburn to Sumas and Number 676, Sumas to Auburn.
It is imperative that the crews at Auburn and Service are not called earlier than 15 minutes before the actual departure of their train and at Sumas it is very important that crew is off duty at least three hours. -IWB


102 PM
January 3 Longview, WA Work Order 4702 track 24 track relay 117 track feet taking out and replacing crossing, putting on rail anchors, two hours delay digging mud from center of track preparing for relay. -James Holt, Foreman, Extra Gang One, Kelso, WA


156 PM
Now loaded with rip rap at Veazey following 11 air dumps: NP 89075, 89070, 89076, 89091, 89077, 89080, 89074, 89084, 89099, 89072. Please arrange to have forwarded to Kelso to H.C. Weimer, B&B Supervisor. -HCW


325 PM
Effective at once Number Two, Number 26, Number One and Number 25 will be handled with three units Tacoma Division. -IWB


355 PM
Unfilled orders tonight for: 19 50-foot double door [box] dressed lumber and plywood east; five same wallboard east, 11 same paper and pulp local, 21 same paper California; one same shingles California; four 50-foot single door [box] pulp east; two same lumber east; six same lumber and shakes California; three 40-foot double door [box] wallboard east; 29 same dressed lumber and plywood east; nine 40-foot six-foot door [box] pulp east; two same pulp California; one 60-foot flat poles California; one same lumber east. Short for the 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: Olympia, one 40-foot double door [box] plywood east. -IWB


355 PM
Work Extra 338 is now meeting Number 640 at Lester and this train instead of Number 640 will handle the Cats for unloading and spotting of the Outfit cars. -IWB


410 PM
Account still uncertain when SP will get their line back in service and whether or not will run Star Pacer to Portland January 6, do not order Morning Star connection from Tacoma January 5 until after 8 AM until it can be ascertained from SP as to service required. -IWB


430 PM
At Three PM Mr. Robey advises from Lester both tracks OK for full tonnage over Cascade Mountain. Siding Martin blocked with snow and Cat will clear tomorrow. Siding Stampede is clear. West end, Track Four, Lester, blocked with snow. Now OK four 14 inches of new snow, have 47 inches at Stampede. -IWB


552 PM
Interstate Commerce Commission Inspector Antone Rook made inspection of 200 cars Longview Yard today and found the following cars in NP account with defects: 75372, hand hold bent A end; 53493, angle cock defective A end; 50371, dead lever connecting pin cotter key missing A end; 61324, ratchet wheel loose, brake pawl inoperative; 125534, ratchet wheel loose; 14270, old air date. Car Foreman Kelso make repairs advising when OK. -IWB


603 PM
Following from G.F. Hill-
Remote possibility dispatcher phone through tonight which would also put carriers in service, however, wires on occasion breaking behind crew with wire four to six inches in diameter with combination of ice and snow. Circuits all normal east of Easton. Supervisor Boe [M.M. Boe, Communications Department, Communications Supervisor, Seattle, WA] on Number 26 covering line Kanaskat to Easton will advise conditions on arrival Ellensburg will require minimum of two days to clear balance of wire breaks Kanaskat-Lester area on balance of circuits after phones made regular. -IWB


925 PM
Number 26 left Seattle on time with 11 cars, arrived Yakima on time, left Yakima 603 PM 13 minutes late. Delayed removing sick passenger from train. -IWB


945 PM
On Wednesday, January 5, Mr. Arbogast furnish extra engine crew and Mr. Jacobson furnish Chain Gang train crew and caboose to protect Number 675 Auburn to Sumas. this crew will deadhead on Number 676 same day Sumas to Auburn. Effective Thursday, January 6 until further advised Mr. Arbogast will furnish extra fireman each day to protect Number 675 Auburn to Sumas and Number 676 Sumas to Auburn. No other changes. -IWB


950 PM
January 5 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, two cabooses, run caboose hop from Auburn and pick up Communication crew at East Auburn. Will work as directed between Humphrey and Lester making line repairs. When calling theses crews notify them that there are no restaurants in this working are so they may carry lunches if they so desire. -IWB


1101 PM
One hundred seventy one welds today, total welds to date 3858, 16 hours worked. -C.R. Anzalone


1124 PM
Following from GN-
About 1000 AM date understand WP derailed two diesel units and some cars down bank at Tobin, CA, about 28.4 miles west of Keddie in Feather River Canyon. EXP-3 Symbol is behind the derailment. No estimate when track will be serviceable. -IWB


1135 PM
January 4 First 679 left Lake Yard 120 PM with 15-15-1385, no TOFC.
January 4 Second 679 left Lake Yard 955 PM with 5-0-250, five TOFC loads for Seattle, one TOFC for Yakima. -IWB



Author: John A. Phillips, III. Title: A Week in the Life, January 4, 1966. URL: www.employees.org/~davison/nprha/ttewkjan466.html.

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