At milepost 1624.9, just up the hill from the east end of Trinidad Siding, a local dirt road crosses over the main on this wooden bridge. the tracks run through a series of long, shallow cuts, s-curves and fills in this area of the grade.
In both of these shots we see westbounds descending down the coulee.
Above: The spud local returns to Wenatchee after working Quincy and the Air Force base. This train, albeit small, can be counted on as a morning eastbound and an early afternoon westbound.

Left: Two classic BN SD40-2s lead a cabless GE and a "Heritage" BNSF unit down from the loop with a long string of SeaLand containers.

Again we see the Spud Local coasting downgrade at the wooden bridge, this time from the structure.
This view of the coulee is from high on the east wall near the crater. A westbound intermodal is decending towrds the wooden bridge. Behind the power is a long cut of the specialized Boeing cars and three fuselages on the way to the Boeing airframe plant in Mukilteo Washington.
In the foreground we can see the original GN alignment to the crater. This was replaced when the new horse shoe curve and tunnel 11.1 were constructed. The first line had many fills, a steper incline and several giant wooden trestles that were expensive to maintain.
An eastbound stacker winds upgrade towards the horse shoe curve. One unusual aspect of this mainline is that it still has an extensive line of telegraph poles. These can be a pain, but they can also add to the railroad feel if properly worked in.
The mainline follows the contours of Lynch Coulee as it meanders northwards. The tracks curve accross fills and through cuts. The first alignment can be faintly seen above today's main on grey fills. That line crossed the entire coulee on a high wooden trestle on the original horse shoe curve. The bridge spanned eastward just above the pair of white hoppers in the westbound mixed train at the left.
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Iron Horse America