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Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway freight trains remembered

By | August 19, 2022

Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway freight trains are part of the August 2022 celebration of the SP&S

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Diesel locomotives with freight train among trees

Spokane, Portland and Seattle freight trains remembered: All through August 2022, Classic Trains editors are celebrating the grit, panache, and charm that was the Spokane, Portland and Seattle.

Steam locomotives with freight train along river

4-6-6-4 No. 910 beats uphill at Marshall, Wash., near Spokane with about 90 cars. UP and NP tracks are down the hill. Phil Hastings photo

Steam locomotives with freight train along river
Diesel locomotive with log train in front of water tower

The first of six RS1s of subsidiary Oregon Electric, the system’s initial road units, brings logs to the Lebanon, Ore., plywood mill in 1963. Ron Sloan photo

Diesel locomotive with log train in front of water tower
Diesel locomotives with freight train among trees

At Scribner, an eastbound SP&S freight, behind C425 323 and C424 306, heads for Hillyard after setting out its Northern Pacific interchange on a siding. June 1968. J. David Ingles photo, Brian M. Schmidt collection

Diesel locomotives with freight train among trees
Diesel locomotives with freight train among trees

A transfer run from Spokane operating behind FAs 863 and 858 passes Scribner, Wash., near Spokane in June 1968. J. David Ingles photo, Brian M. Schmidt collection

Diesel locomotives with freight train among trees
Diesel locomotives with freight train along river

Alco C424 No. 314 brings a freight along the Columbia River west of Wishram, Wash. This train is toting 84 loads and 27 empties on May 20, 1970. Tom Brown photo

Diesel locomotives with freight train along river
Diesel locomotives with freight train along river

Four units roll an eastbound Spokane, Portland and Seattle freight train through the Columbia River Gorge east of Stevenson, Wash. The train has 85 cars and is making 40 mph on this March 15, 1964. Henry R. Griffiths Jr. photo

Diesel locomotives with freight train along river
Diesel locomotives with freight train along river

A Spokane, Portland and Seattle freight train hustles through the Columbia River Gorge westbound for Vancouver, Wash. Lead unit is a C636. Alco photo

Diesel locomotives with freight train along river
Diesel locomotives with freight train on street in downtown setting

Spokane, Portland and Seattle-painted FA1 and RS2 on Eighth Street in Ranier, Ore., on May 12, 1972, almost two years after the creation of Burlington Northern. Mike Schafer photo

Diesel locomotives with freight train on street in downtown setting
Diesel locomotives on freight train in city

Spokane, Portland and Seattle freight train comes through the Great Northern station area on Havermale Island, en route westward from GN’s Hillyard to SP&S trackage for Wishram and Vancouver, Wash. SP&S was mostly an Alco-powered railroad, but two of its six GP9s, 151 and 150 (among four built with steam generators), are tucked in behind C425 314 and C424 303 in June 1968. J. David Ingles photo, Brian M. Schmidt collection

Diesel locomotives on freight train in city

As part of the celebration, please enjoy this freight train photo gallery as the perfect accompaniment.

Each month since October 2019, Classic Trains editors have showcase one “Fallen Flag” railroad — one whose name and heritage has succumbed to bankruptcy, merger, or abandonment — as a railroad of the month. All of our past articles are available online.

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