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Seattle, WA Balmer Yard Dead Trains

Post by theseaandalifesaver » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:16 am

Hey y'all,

At the Balmber yard there's a line of OOS engines that you can see from 16th ave w. I don't know exactly what they are but they still have GN/BN numbering and look as though they'd make great museum pieces. My question is how long have they been there? When were they last used? What's the reason for keeping them there as opposed to scrapping them and is this a normal thing in most major yards I've never noticed before? Are these old gems sprinkled all over the country just waiting to eventually be scrapped?

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Re: Seattle, WA Balmer Yard Dead Trains

Post by NorthWest » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:35 pm

They've been there for a while, and at least a couple are now parts sources-one of the SD9s now has only 4 axles.

Haven't seen as many oldies elsewhere and am unsure of their ultimate fate.

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Re: Seattle, WA Balmer Yard Dead Trains

Post by mmi16 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:59 pm

NorthWest wrote:They've been there for a while, and at least a couple are now parts sources-one of the SD9s now has only 4 axles.

Haven't seen as many oldies elsewhere and am unsure of their ultimate fate.
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Re: Seattle, WA Balmer Yard Dead Trains

Post by NorthWest » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:51 pm

Probably. One or two might get lucky depending on historical significance. We'll see.

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Re: Seattle, WA Balmer Yard Dead Trains

Post by mtuandrew » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:30 am

If any of you know a railroad museum looking for second-gen diesels, have them get in touch with BNSF or your other local Class 1. I volunteered for the Minnesota Transportation Museum for several years and during that time, they repeatedly got equipment and maintenance donations from BNSF and CP (not sure about CN or UP, but I know that at least the Minnesota Commercial Railway also donated.) BNSF gave them an SD9 and miscellaneous cars, CP an old drover coach and a caboose... they get the tax write off on depreciated (close to junk) equipment and community goodwill, your museum gets motive power, everyone is happy.

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Re: Seattle, WA Balmer Yard Dead Trains

Post by theseaandalifesaver » Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:25 pm

None of these engines appear to be anywhere close to operable. But I don't know that for a fact.

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Re: Seattle, WA Balmer Yard Dead Trains

Post by John_Perkowski » Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:00 am

There's a dead line of mostly SD-70s at Murray, North Kansas City, MO, as well.
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