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Pacific Coast Railroad

Maple Valley Dispatchers Record of Movement of Trains

Monday November 12 1951

The Pacific Coast Railroad, 22.3 miles between Seattle and Maple Valley with a 7.3 mile branch from Maple Valley to Black Diamond was the route used by the Milwaukee Road for access to Seattle. The Milwaukee track from the East ended at Maple Valley. The Milwaukee track to the south from Seattle began at Black River. The train dispatcher at Maple Valley was also the telegraph operator for the Milwaukee Road at Maple Valley. The following is a transcription from the Dispatchers Record of Movement of Trains (Trainsheet) for November 12 1951, with all recorded events listed in chronological order so that the events of the day can be followed as they occurred.

Time Remarks  
1159 PM MILW on duty Seattle Eng 1653  
1201 AM Dispatcher DL Vernor on duty  
330 AM MILW No No 17/26 on duty Othello Eng 95  
435 AM MILW on duty Tacoma Eng E39  
600 AM Weather Cloudy Calm 46 degrees  
625 AM Extra MILW E39 West by Black River 4 cars to Van Asselt  
630 AM MILW on duty Seattle Eng 1613  
645 AM Extra MILW 1613 East left Spokane Street to Argo Light Engine  
653 AM No 17 arrived Maple Valley  
654 AM No 17 left Maple Valley 13 cars  
700 AM MILW No 15/28 on duty Othello Eng E1  
707 AM No 17 arrived Renton  
712 AM No 17 left Renton 13 cars  
725 AM Extra MILW 1653 East left Spokane Street to Van Asselt 61 ld/3 mty  
726 AM No 17 by Argo 13 cars  
745 AM MILW on duty Renton T-1 tower car (trolley maintenance)  
800 AM MILW on duty Seattle Eng 1614  
801 AM Dispatcher RE Ozura on duty DL Vernor off duty  
801 AM MILW T-1 works between Renton and Maple Valley until 501pm  
810 AM Extra MILW E39 East by Black River 61 lds/3 mty No report leaving Van asselt  
815 AM Pacific Coast local on duty Seattle Eng 79  
819 AM No 26 by Argo 7 cars  
825 AM Extra MILW 1653 West by Spokane Street 4 cars from Van Asselt  
828 AM No 26 by Black River 7 cars  
830 AM MILW T-1 between Renton and Maple Valley cancelled  
845 AM Pacific Coast local No 78/79 on duty Seattle Eng 16  
850 AM Extra MILW T-1 West left Renton  
855 AM Extra MILW E39 East arrived Renton  
903 AM Extra MILW T-1 West by Black River  
917 AM Extra MILW T-1 West arrived Van Asselt  
928 AM Extra 79 East left Spokane Street  
930 AM Extra MILW 1613 West by Spokane Street 2 cars from Argo  
938 AM No 15 by Maple Valley 11 cars  
945 AM MILW on duty Tacoma Eng 1204  
958 AM Extra 79 East arrived Black River 11 cars  
958 AM No 15 arrived Renton  
1000 AM Figure on arrival of Inspection Car 33 at Maple Valley  
1000 AM No 15 left Renton 11 cars  
1005 AM Extra MILW E39 East left Renton 80 ld/4 mty  
1005 AM Extra 79 East left Black River 12 cars  
1007 AM No 15 by Black River  
1010 AM Extra PC 16 East by Spokane Street (Black Diamond local-No 78 is annulled Seattle to Maple Valley)  
1015 AM Extra 79 East arrived Renton 12 cars  
1018 AM No 15 by Argo 11 cars  
1035 AM Extra PC 16 East by Black river 16 cars  
1040 AM Extra MILW E39 East arrived Maple Valley  
1045 AM Extra PC 16 East arrived Renton  
1055 AM Inspection Car 33 by Maple Valley  
1055 AM Extra MILW E39 East left Maple Valley 80 ld/4 mty  
1058 AM No 28 by Argo 11 cars  
1107 AM No 28 by Black River 7 cars  
1120 AM Inspection Car 33 by Renton to Black River (no report at Black River)  
1135 AM Extra PC 16 East left Renton 24 cars  
1159 AM Weather Cloudy Calm 50 degrees  
1230 PM Extra 16 East arrived Maple Valley  
1248 PM Extra MILW T-1 East left Van Asselt  
100 PM MILW No 27/16 on duty Tacoma Eng E2  
103 PM Extra MILW T-1 East by Black River  
115 PM No 78 left Maple Valley 24 cars  
130 PM Extra MILW 1614 left Spokane Street cab hop to Van Asselt  
210 PM No 27 by Black River 9 cars  
219 PM No 27 by Argo 9 cars  
225 PM No 78 arrived Black Diamond 24 cars  
235 PM Extra MILW 1204 West by Black River 2 lds/3 mty  
250 PM Extra MILW 1204 West by Spokane Street 2 lds/3 mty  
253 PM No 16 by Argo 9 cars  
306 PM No 16 arrived Renton  
307 PM No 16 left Renton 9 cars  
315 PM MILW on duty Seattle Eng 1653  
320 PM Extra 79 West left Renton 4 lds/7 mty  
321 PM No 16 by Maple Valley 9 cars  
330 PM Extra MILW T-1East arrived Renton  
330 PM Extra 79 West arrived Black River  
337 PM Extra MILW 1204 East left Spokane Street 9 ld/4 mty  
342 PM Extra MILW 1614 West by Spokane Street 25 cars from Van Asselt  
350 PM Extra 79 West left Black River 2 lds/7 mty  
355 PM Extra MILW 1204 East by Black River 9 ld/4 mty  
400 PM MILW on duty Seattle Eng 1614  
401 PM Dispatcher RE Ozura off duty FJ Campbell on duty  
419 PM Extra 79 West by Spokane Street 2 lds/7 mty  
445 PM MILW 263 on duty Othello Eng E33  
600 PM Weather Cloudy Calm 45 degrees  
610 PM No 79 arrived Maple Valley 25 cars no report at Black Diamond  
630 PM No 798 left Maple Valley 24 cars 1475 tons  
700 PM MILW on duty Tacoma Eng 1649  
700 PM No 79 arrived Renton  
721 PM Extra MILW 1614 East left Argo 2 cars to Van Asselt  
725 PM No 79 left Renton 11 cars 675 tons  
735 PM No 79 arrived Black River 11 cars 675 tons  
745 PM No 79 left Black river 10 cars 625 tons  
815 PM MILW No 25/18 on duty Tacoma Eng E5  
840 PM Extra MILW 1649 East by Black River light engine  
845 PM Extra MILW 1649 East by Renton light engine  
900 PM No 263 by Maple Valley 74 ld/11 mty 3634 tons  
925 PM Extra MILW 1649 East by Maple Valley light engine  
925 PM No 263 arrived Renton  
930 PM No 25 by Black River 8 cars  
933 PM No 79 by Spokane street 10 cars 625 tons  
940 PM No 25 by Argo 8 cars  
953 PM Extra MILW 1653 East left Argo to Van Asselt  
1015 PM No 263 left Renton 73 ld/11 mty 3577 tons  
1020 PM No 263 arrived Black River 73 ld/11 mty 3577 tons  
1030 PM No 18 left Seattle on UP 10 cars  
1040 PM No 18 by Argo 10 cars  
1040 PM Extra MILW E33 West left Black River to Van Asselt 53 ld/2 mty 2432 tons  
1051 PM No 18 by Black River 10 cars  
1055 PM No 18 arrived Renton  
1102 PM No 18 left Renton 10 cars  
1115 PM Extra MILW E33 East by Black River cab hop no report leaving Van Asselt  
1119 PM No 18 arrived Maple Valley  
1120 PM No 18 left Maple Valley 10 cars  
1122 PM Extra MILW 1614 West by Spokane Street cab hop from Van Asselt  
1136 PM Extra MILW 1653 West by Spokane Street 55 cars from Van Asselt  
1159 PM Weather Part Cloudy Calm 46 degrees  


Copyright 1998 Thomas A White

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