Archive Report – new web site!

We now have a web site for our archive materials!    When people want to learn something about anything, they increasingly turn to the internet.   Having a web site for our archive is an important way for us to make the history of the Milwaukee Road more accessible for people to…

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Working at the Archive – September 19

This week Fred High and I spent most of the evening continuing to repack unprocessed material from odd size boxes into standard size storage boxes.  Our focus this time was on the last few unprocessed boxes of the extensive Doug Nighswonger collection.  Much of the Nighswonger Collection is Traffic Department…

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What’s next for the 5057?

With our purchase of the 5057 completed earlier this year, our next step is to move it back to Washington and get to work on the cosmetic restoration of the locomotive.     We plan to send the 5057 to the locomotive shop of the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad (POVA)…

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Working at the Archive – September 5

The Thursday work crew had a team of four at the archive this time.  Rick Beaber, Fred High, and Aaron Schwarz joined us and we spent most of the evening repacking unprocessed material from odd size boxes into standard size  storage boxes.  We were doing this so they can go…

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Working at the Archive – August 15

Our Thursday crew was short-staffed this week because of work and family commitments, but Gary Pember and I managed to complete a task we’ve been working on for the past couple months.  We’ve been organizing several hundred Milwaukee Road timebooks in Cascade Rail Foundation’s Edward Berntsen Collection that document construction…

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Signal Project Moves Forward

Several years ago, we installed two Milwaukee Road signals along the trail.   The signals face each other, one west of the depot and the other east of it.  Our plan is to have them lighted and controlled from the depot.     At the July 13 work party, we made…

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Gordon H. Russ, locomotive engineer

Gordon H. Russ, retired locomotive engineer of the Milwaukee Road’s Coast Division, died on August 20, 2013 at the age of 94. A memorial service is planned for September 7, 2013 in Tacoma at Narrows Glenn Retirement Home (details below).  In lieu of flowers the family is  requesting gifts be…

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