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Burlington Northern train at Reservation Interlocking in Tacoma

Burlington Northern train at Reservation Interlocking in Tacoma

Extra 1624 East rolls by the interlocking at Reservation, WA on the outskirts of Tacoma at 4:20PM on February 3, 1973. The massive structure in the background is the Milwaukee Road bridge on their line to Chehalis. The Northern Pacific built Reservation Tower as a 31 lever GRS mechanical interlocker. It opened in 1929. The installation of the plant cost $32,000. At the time there were about 75 trains and an equal number of switching moves through the plant each day. It was closed around 1975.

Burlington Northern trains at Reservation Interlocking in Tacoma

A couple weeks later I was trying to get pictures from the highway bridges near Reservation. The Union Pacific, Northern Pacific, and Great Northern built small yards in the downtown area. As a result when Tacoma grew it had no where to go except up the hillside in the distance. Disk 9