BNSF Ballard trackage repair

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BNSF Ballard trackage repair

Postby Semaphore Sam » Sat Nov 29, 2008 5:57 pm

I left Seattle for work back east about 10 months ago...when I left, work had been ongoing on repair of an old washout near Shisole, mainline BNSF, which had forced a reduction to one track, causing a bottlenect just north of Salmon Bay Bridge. Is that now back to two tracks? I was watching the construction for over a year before I left. Thanks, Sam
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Re: BNSF Ballard trackage repair

Postby Vincent » Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:31 am

BNSF spent the summer working on the tracks between Shilshole and Everett, particularly around Blue Ridge and Mukilteo. Everything in the Golden Gardens area is double-tracked and moving smoothly, for the railroad at least. The city road that connected Golden Gardens with Loyal Heights is still washed out from last winter's storms, however.
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Re: BNSF Ballard trackage repair

Postby Semaphore Sam » Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:54 am

Oh, that's the road going under the RRoad, and up past the dog park. Didn't know that was out...wow. Anyway, Vincent, thanks for the info about the trackage. Between the Salmon Bay bridge openings, and the single track, things got backed up quite a bit there, and there was much to see. SSam
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Re: BNSF Ballard trackage repair

Postby Semaphore Sam » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:17 pm

Checking the area out on Google Earth, it seems that the line from Golden Gardens to the Salmon Bay Bridge is now re-doubled, BNSF having successfully repaired the washout area. I witnessed many delays caused by this singled area...the only delays now should be due to raising of the Bridge. Good work BNSF!
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Re: BNSF Ballard trackage repair

Postby Paul W. Brasky » Sat Oct 08, 2011 7:47 am

I was in Seatlle last week (left on 10/4/11) and stayed in Ballard. Although I didn't have much time to visit the Ballard Terminal RR, I did take my granddaughter to Golden Gardens last Monday. As you said, the washout work has been completed, but BNSF was working on the bridge (bascule?) over the Chittendon Locks on Monday (10/3). I saw no trains as the line was OOS due to that work.
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