Boy. Now this depends on your transportation. If you can go anywhere
via car. Stevens pass ( Hwy 2 East ) is about 30 miles north, then 60
miles east. BNSF main follows 2 almost all of the way from Everett to
Skykomish. Sidings at Monroe, Sultan, Startup, Baring, Skykomish, and
Scenic. You can get to the hole if you turn on the 'old Cascade hwy'
just before the bridge over the BNSF about 8 miles out of Sky. Go slow
there as there are *DEEP* pot holes. Road ends about 3/4 mile up, and
if you get to that, you went to far. You will figure it out.
Everett is another place. I-5 North about 30 miles. Head for the
waterfront. Along the bank near KimberlyClark ( old Scott paper ),
BNSF has a small classification yard. Mostly morning action. If you
continue North from that location, you will wind around to another yard
a little bigger. You can take Marine View Drive and follow it for
about 2 miles, then turn left at the 2nd day Bread store ( Snyders, I
think ) and go down toward the yard. Seems that something is almost
always happening there. Go in the office and let the folks know that
you are not going to climb on the equipment, and are going to stay off
the rails and they shouldn't fret about ya.
Can't go that far? Interbay is about 8 miles from downtown. Take
Westlake Ave toward Ballard, then just before you get to the Ballard
Bridge, take a right and head for Fishermans Terminal. ( loops over and
heads West). You should be able to see sanding towers from the bridge.
Take a left onto BN property, go past the roundhouse and park at the
engine yard office. Go in and talk with the Roadmaster and tell him
the same as above and they will put up with you walking around and
shoot'n some pix.
There is a small hobby shop on Westlake, just before the Magnolia
bridge if I remember correctly. Hard to see. I found it by hook and
crook as I was chasing BN power from the Old Spagatte (sp?) factory and
literaly stumbled on the curb at their door.
King Street Station ( before Quest Field and Safeco field ) is also fun
as you can walk around watching the movements from above. If the
waterfront trolley is still running, do that. Pike Street Market, then
down the long stairs.
Space Needle sux. Go to the tallest building ( Black one ) and get to
the top. Way better view of the surrounding area. EMP near the
Pacific Science Center is great. So is the PSC.
If you have a couple of extra hours, walk on the Bremerton ferry, ride
over then back.
Geesh, that should keep you busy for a week or so!
I suspect instead of Westlake Ave in Seattle ctclibby was thinking of
Elliott Ave W (which becomes 15th Ave W) as route to Ballard bridge and
BNSF yard at Fisherman's Terminal. Hobby shop referred to is Seattle
Train Center, 1463 Elliott Ave W, (206)283-7886.
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