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Nov. 23, 2010 at 6:54am

Photo ~ Sounder Construction Update

A series of what?

Sounder rail D-M extension. A series of tubes? ;) Happy Tuesday!

comments [17]  |  posted under construction, pipes, sounder, tacoma

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by jenyum on 11/23/2010 @ 7:59am
Yes! A series of tubes.


by Mandiferous on 11/23/2010 @ 9:41am
"From now on we shall travel in TUBES!!" (Sorry. Had a Tenacious D moment)

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/23/2010 @ 11:19am
Surely, the train will now travel as fast as teh internets!

by Nick K. on 11/24/2010 @ 1:09am
History side note. That parking lot used to be what stood the original Tacoma Eastern, then Milwaukee Road, depot (PHOTO). The platform tracks extended all the way to Pacific. The route of the Olympian-Hiawatha (Chicago-Tacoma) until April 1954 when moved to the Tideflats. Imagine; big bi-polar electric locomotives (PHOTO) fronting Pacific Ave, cold night like tonight, power arcs from the wires above lighting the sky, steam heat billowing up from the cars!

by Dave_L on 11/24/2010 @ 9:50am
Like.
Nick, is that what is aka a Little Joe?
Hiawatha rules, and I am surprised it hasn't yet made an appearance in a Tacomic like our favorite Kalakala.

by The Jinxmedic on 11/24/2010 @ 10:24am
Nick- fantastic visual. It gives me an idea.....

by Dave_L on 11/24/2010 @ 12:17pm
I hadn't discovered this one before:
earthseaimagery.com/tacoma-hist.html
[Stephen Thompson photos]

by NineInchNachos on 11/24/2010 @ 3:56pm
cool site dave!

by Nick K. on 11/24/2010 @ 4:00pm
No, Dave, the Little Joes were the General Electric EF-4's, so nicknamed because they were built in 1946 for the Soviet Union but the Cold War kept them in the U.S., to be bought by the Milwaukee and others. They only saw regular service in Idaho and Western Montana, but were scrapped in Chehalis in the 70's. The only regular electrics in Tacoma, other than the Bi-Polars (built 1919), were the Baldwin-Westinghouse EP-3 "Quills" (built 1919) and the massive GE Boxcabs (built 1915). I found that site as well; fantastic photos!

by Nick K. on 11/24/2010 @ 4:16pm
Oh, and you know those Toyota Hybrid Synergy drive commercials showing regenerative breaking to send power to the battery when you break, those electrics were using that technology in 1915.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/24/2010 @ 4:21pm
Amazing how we keep reinventing the past.

Really, imagine where we'd be today if the standard behavior was to do what is best, not what's the quickest way to profit.

BUT, then again, who gets to decide "what's best"? My own view of what's best doesn't necessarily match what would be considered what's best in Fredotopia or in what's best in Rranders0rzville, for example...

by Jesse on 11/24/2010 @ 7:04pm
If the Tacoma of 1930 existed today, we'd have everything we want.

Great site Dave! I bookmarked that one.

by NineInchNachos on 11/24/2010 @ 8:14pm
we're going back to the future! where rail meets sail!

by Jesse on 11/24/2010 @ 9:37pm
Aren't we going forward to the past??

by NineInchNachos on 11/24/2010 @ 11:51pm
cut em off at the past!

by The Jinxmedic on 11/25/2010 @ 9:21am
I put a nice EP-2 bi-polar on yesterday's O&J in homage to Nick K.'s vision, but it seems to have been completely missed due to comments on the Old City Hall flood.

Oh, well. I tried, Nick. Better luck next time.

by Dave_L on 11/26/2010 @ 5:40pm
Nice panels, Father Jinx.
comics.feedtacoma.com/ocryx/ocryx-ocryx-...
(There must be a Tacoma / bi-polar reference that hasn't been tapped, too.)

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