Sep 6, 2015
Dang, didn't realize there was still a roundhouse there!!
There is a portion of the original 1880's roundhouse! It is used as a tool room, lunch and locker room.
Hard to beat that location!
Here's a couple from 2 years ago, this is some stored units behind the mainline service spots,
And here is the west end of the original roundhouse. This was also 2 years ago on a rare day with nothing between the mainline and the shop!
Late morning on the 5th and we get a LOT of units brought in to the service tracks! Even a GP39M in BN green! It is one that went through the Boise shop when I worked there, but I ain't sure how much I may have worked on it, if at all. But it is neat to see it still soldiering on!
Alan, does BNSF use the roundhouse for anything anymore? The doors being closed up the way they are makes me think not.
The oldest part is used for offices and tool room. The larger newer stalls are used for maintenance, except for 15, it is a wash bay. 16 and 17 used to be a machine shop, but are now used for warehousing GE or EMD parts.
Yesterday morning, before the daughter showed up to help install a new window, I went out to get the unit number of the bad sounding horn. Which is the 9778, by the way, it sounds like it swallowed a bug! As I got to the fence, I noticed these deer, so went back in and got the camera. They mostly didn't even worry too much about me!
Interresting lashup. Reminds what was the norm 25 and so years ago. From one's eyes as well as from human memeory. Now that,s not what we are used to seeing.
If the weather is chilly, I would believe those doors would be shut. Likely, roundhouse personnel don't really do well when frozen...
Popsicles don't work well for turning wrenches!
Here're a couple of neat pics. Ain't had a lot of free time to do any real train chasing, what withthe multiple jobs going on, moving in and remodeling stuff. including training the oldest daughter to do a lot of new things so she can become a self employed handyman herself! Well, sorta!
Haere's a GN hopper,
And an evening shot from last night. The lead unit was really cold, and had a good column of smoke coming out of the stack, which didn't show well,
So tonight on my way home, the ice fog was rising off the river thick! So I had to stop and try some off hand shots. They came out ghostly! But even a little out of focus, pretty neat!