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100 years ago in Cheney: Officials debate space between trains at hearing on crash that killed five

From our archives, 100 years ago An emotional public hearing was held in Cheney to determine the cause of the passenger train collision that claimed five lives.


100 years ago near Cheney: Gruesome train crash kills five, injures many

From our archives, 100 years ago Five men were killed and scores of people were injured in a gruesome train collision at South Cheney. A Burlington passenger train was stopped …


Plans for second rail bridge across Lake Pend Oreille put on hold

BNSF Railway Corp. has backed off from plans to build a second span over the water at Sandpoint, saying freight volume doesn’t justify the project at this time. The railroad …


BNSF upgrading track, installing computerized safety system across Washington

BNSF Railway is spending $235 million across Washington to upgrade track and roll out a computerized safety system that experts say can prevent devastating train accidents. The move is expected …


Proposal for one-person train crews criticized

A proposal that some freight trains through Spokane could have just one person on board as early as January has divided a union of rail workers and added fuel to …


Then and Now photos: Get the goods

Although the first transcontinental railroad connected through Spokane in 1882, north-south travel was still laborious and slow, by saddle or in wagons, for long trips to places like Colville and …


Would-be train hopper may lose legs

A group of people was waiting in a car at a railroad crossing on Fancher Road near Felts Field on their way to lunch Monday when they saw a man …


Even in retirement, Bob Shanklin remains true to career

One way to experience the region’s autumn colors is aboard the North Pend Oreille Valley Lions’ tour train. Last year, more than 10,000 passengers made the 90-minute round trip between …


Railroad renovation planned if grant, loan win approval

Spokane County officials hope to give their Geiger Spur railroad a $416,808 renovation next year. The project depends on approval of a grant and a low-interest loan from the state …


Consultant explains prospects for Geiger Spur

A long, low railroad tunnel on Snoqualmie Pass could help Spokane County’s Geiger Spur railroad project. A consultant told county commissioners recently that westbound trains from the East Coast might …


Train derailment repair deadline set

Repairs to parts of State Route 231 at Edwall that were damaged in a train derailment last week will not be completed until Friday, the Washington State Patrol reported.


Track, roads under repair after derailment

The main railroad between Seattle and Spokane is back open, following a derailment.


100 years ago avalanche wreaked havoc in the Cascades

On Feb. 28, 1910, exactly 100 years ago, a group of desperate Great Northern train passengers – many from Spokane – signed the following petition addressed to the railroad superintendent: …


Vintage steam train continues journey through Spokane

Rail fans converged on downtown Spokane on Monday with the arrival of a historic steam locomotive on its westward journey to its home in Portland. The locomotive is pulling a …


1900s Spokane, CdA linked by new book

A new book is about to hit the shelves which should have great appeal to Spokane railroad enthusiasts: “Inland Empire Electric Line: Spokane to Coeur d’Alene and the Palouse” (Museum …


Freya bridge work enters next phase

Truella Stone often witnessed car crashes during slick conditions in front of her store along Freya Street Cars driving over a railroad bridge struggled to stop at the light at …


Getting There: Vintage rail cars link up for tour

A restored steam locomotive and train of vintage rail cars will swing through the Inland Northwest on July 3 and 4 in a special excursion that’s hoping to connect with …


Modelers construct world in miniature at club’s new home

On a recent morning the pounding of hammers and whir of saws filled the air as members of the River City Modelers prepared for an open house. They were working …


Memory lane

From 1907 through 1909, the Milwaukee Road blasted a route through the Bitterroots, into the Inland Northwest and onward to Puget Sound. Today, you can explore the most spectacular section …


Crews Begin Cleaning Up After Derailment Of Runaway Train

An employee of Montana Rail Link walks along the wreckage of the derailment on Tuesday. Photo by Associated Press


Freight Train Breaks Loose, Intentionally Derailed

An unmanned 107-car freight train broke loose at Garrison Monday night and was intentionally derailed east of Clinton without injury, Montana Rail Link said. The eastbound train was traveling backward …


Sandpoint Man Ok After Train Hits Car

A Sandpoint man escaped injury, but his car was totaled after it became stuck on a set of railroad tracks and was hit by a freight train. Thomas E. Parks, …


Six Killed In Train Collision 170 Injured In Wreck, Renewing Criticism Of British Rail System

A crowded passenger train collided with a freight train here Friday, killing 6 people, injuring 170 and raising renewed questions over the privatization of Britain’s railways, which some experts contend …


Man Fleeing Police Drives Into Train

A Spokane man attempted to elude six police cars early Friday morning but instead ran into a train, police said. Witnesses said the man was driving with a beer can …


Toll Now 13 In French Truck-Train Accident

Police pulled a charred body Tuesday from the wreckage of a fiery truck-train collision in southwestern France, raising the death toll to 13. The body was not immediately identified, police …


Blast Zone Despite Legislation Allowing A Ban On Train Whistles, The Nighttime Horns Continue At University Road Crossing

1. No capion - photo of train 2. Eastgate Motel manager Tony Lazanis has lobbied for years to silence train whistles he says disturb customers’ sleep. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The …


Two Killed When Train Hits Pickup

An Amtrak passenger train collided with a pickup truck at a railroad crossing Monday, killing a teenager and her 6-month-old son. Monica Ortiz-Navarro, 16, and the baby, Antonio, were thrown …


The Pioneer Ends Its 114-Year Run Amtrak Pulls Plug On Southern Idaho Service

After the Ogden-to-Hood River, Ore., Amtrak Pioneer returns to Utah on Sunday, 114 years of passenger service across southern Idaho are over. Since the Oregon Short Line Railroad was completed …


Amtrak Leaves Boise Off The Beaten Track

Two decades of hard-won rail passenger service will end when the last Pioneer crosses southern Idaho on May 10. Amtrak’s Pioneer route began in 1977 after extensive lobbying by former …


Driver Killed When Train Rams Van That Rolled Onto Tracks

Gary Callihan’s minivan was struck by a speeding train at Ramsey and Diagonal roads. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review