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Milwaukee Road and Chehalis Western trains meet at Maytown, Washington

Chehalis Western log trains meet at Maytown, Washington

The loaded Chehalis Western log train meets the empties at Maytown on March 13, 1973.

Milwaukee Road and Chehalis Western trains meet at Maytown

A month later on April 19, a four train meet is about to take place at Maytown. The Maytown Turn has pulled just clear of the junction switch. The train is not in a siding but is headed west on the Milwaukee Road branch line down to Aberdeen. The Chehalis Western empty log train has just arrived. Since the railroads are using old single channel radios the two trains cannot communicate with each other. The engineer in Chehalis Western 684 is calling the operator back at Western Junction and asking him to call the engineer on the Maytown Turn to pull forward another forty car lengths so his train could clear the switch.

Milwaukee Road and Chehalis Western trains meet at Maytown, Washington

Milwaukee Road train 262 is ducking under Interstate 5 and is the third train in a four train meet at Maytown. Disk 10

Chehalis Western trains meet at Maytown

Chehalis Western engine 492 was a Fairbanks Morris H10-44 switcher built in 1949. The railroad rebuilt the locomotive with a 1,200 horsepower prime mover at the Vail shops in the late 50s. It is pulling the loaded log train. Once the loaded log train is by, the empty log train can back up, throw the switch and continue south to Chehalis and Pe Ell. Disk 39