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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-11-12 05:32
Subject: [photos] Trains, erm...trains and automobiles (well, trucks)
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Location:PDX C Concourse concession area
Mood:tired
Music:airport speakers
Tags:child, northwest, photos, travel
Out silo hunting, we were driving up Booker Road, through Bruce, WA, in Adams County, when out the corner of my eye I saw the distinctive clerestory roofline of a Pullman car lurking behind a grain elevator. A u-turn was executed and we went to look.

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According to the informative brochure available in a little container welded to the truck, it is this car, built when Robert Todd Lincoln was president of the Pullman company. (I snagged a copy of the brochure for garyomaha.) Not sure of the significance of the name "Fred" carefully lettered on each end of the car.

We also found an old BN caboose and some miscellaneous militaria across the highway.

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As usual, more at the Flickr set.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2007-11-12 14:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, cool, thanks!

>>Not sure of the significance of the name "Fred" carefully lettered on each end of the car<<

The acronym FRED generally stands for "flashing rear end device" at the end of a train, a technical gizmo that sadly replaced the caboose. (The "F" in FRED is sometimes used to depict a somewhat different word, signifying what many think of this change.) My guess is that this car has a built-in FRED? But that's only a guess.

So, was the_child doing "YMCA" in that one shot?

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Kevin Standlee: Wig Wag
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2007-11-12 15:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Wig Wag
I think that FRED here indicates that the bracket at that location is for hanging the flashing rear-end-device.

I also enjoyed the photos.
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Jennifer
User: singingwinds
Date: 2007-11-12 16:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hi, I am new to your journal. Actually came across your lj when researching an assignment on the Moses Coulee. :)

We went by Bruce and I seen Booker road yesterday! We were on our way to Pullman to look at WSU. I wish I had known there were railroad cars there. I found several passenger cars in Pullman and a Great Northern caboose. Apparently the train cars hold a real estate office. The two brick depots were cool and just across the street from each other. One was Union Pacific and I think the other was Northern Pacific.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-11-12 19:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Did you get to drive down Lower Moses Coulee?
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Jennifer
User: singingwinds
Date: 2007-11-12 22:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes! I drove it (twice) all the way through the Palisades to the Columbia River. I live only 10 miles from the Moses Coulee and love the basalt columns. You were the only one I found that explained why the Moses Coulee was older than the Grand Coulee.

The Three Devils grade is really awesome! I was also really impressed with the large gravel bars in the lower Moses Coulee.
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Jennifer
User: singingwinds
Date: 2007-11-13 00:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
http://picasaweb.google.com/SingingWinds/MosesCoulee
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-11-13 01:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Nice!
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User: tillyjane
Date: 2007-11-15 17:55 (UTC)
Subject: thanks Singing winds
Moses Coulee is one of my favorite landforms, and I have had the great pleasure of driving through it with Jay. Your pictures of the basalt columns are lovely.

TJ (might as well out myself, Im Jays mom)
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Jennifer
User: singingwinds
Date: 2007-12-05 20:24 (UTC)
Subject: Re: thanks Singing winds
Thanks! Sorry for the late reply.
Ah, so glad to meet you :)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-11-13 01:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, I'm glad I could help. Hee. It is lovely, yes? The upper coulee is cool if you admire the geology of that glacial moraine dump, and how the whole channel just fricking disappears. That's less spectacular to the casual eye, though, than the lower coulee.
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Chris McKitterick: To infinity and BEYOND!
User: mckitterick
Date: 2007-11-12 17:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:To infinity and BEYOND!
Cool photos of great old stuff. Can't wait to see the silo shots.

Y'know, about 15 years ago, I was tempted to buy a decommissioned silo near Lawrence, KS. They were super-cheap, considering the square footage (if you don't mind dark, dank underground dwellings), huge above-ground garages, guard tower, and Cold-War-era cool of it. But they all got bought up before I moved back here. Wonder what they've become....
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desperance
User: desperance
Date: 2007-11-12 18:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Cool photos of great old stuff.

That's no way to talk about the_child! She's only ten, y'know!

(Also, I'm not sure "miscellaneous militaria" should include her either, Jay...)
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Chris McKitterick: hearse - before
User: mckitterick
Date: 2007-11-12 18:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:hearse - before
8-D
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-11-12 19:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Silo shots are posted. Too bad you didn't score a silo, we could have NukeCon there...
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Chris McKitterick: 53-rocket
User: mckitterick
Date: 2007-11-12 22:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:53-rocket
Here's a site with silos for sale. There are even a couple not far from here. Hm!
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