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‘Big Boy’ steam locomotive makes post-restoration debut

The Big Boy No. 4014 steam locomotive rolled out of a Union Pacific restoration shop in Cheyenne over the weekend for a big debut after five years of restoration. It then headed toward Utah as part of a yearlong tour to commemorate the Transcontinental Railroad’s 150th anniversary.

Conductors sue railroad, allege responsibility for illness

Two rail conductors who formerly worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad are suing the train company in Idaho state court, claiming they became ill after being exposed to dangerous materials on the job.

Then and Now: Washington Street Bridge

Early bridges across the various channels of the Spokane River were made of wood, then steel and, eventually, concrete or stone. And when the Great Northern Railroad depot opened on Havermale Island in 1902, with its iconic Clocktower, access from downtown was only via the Howard Street bridge. So a new steel-supported bridge was hastily built, aligned with Washington Street, that dead-ended at the depot to get passengers to the trains.

Then and Now: The First Transcontinental Railroad

The first white settlers came to Spokane on horseback in the 1870s but it was the railroad that filled the city with entrepreneurs, miners, loggers, farmers, tradesmen and other new residents. And modern trains still follow the route of that first rail line through town.

Then and Now: Union Station

Bob Strahorn planned the downtown Spokane Union Station, opened in 1914, to compete with the Great Northern depot, built in 1902.

Infrastructure improvements help lure new business to Spokane Valley

For one northeastern industrial area, planned infrastructure improvements – including the possible addition of an overpass rail crossing at the intersection of Barker Road and the train tracks – and the announcement of two companies building manufacturing facilities could add hundreds of jobs and potential for new businesses.

Derailment shows vulnerability of I-5

Amtrak derailment underscores vulnerable nature of Interstate 5 as it connects Western Washington cities with other communities between the Canadian and Mexican borders.

Asarco, Union Pacific RR back in court over CdA Basin cleanup $$

Eight years after paying out $482 million to fund cleanup from a century of mining contamination in North Idaho’s Silver Valley, the copper mining firm Asarco is back in court, demanding that Union Pacific Railroad pay it $130 million because it contends the railroad caused a big piece of the damage. The railroad is furiously denying the claim...