The journey over the grade from the Columbia River gorge begins in the small city of Wenatchee Wa. This agricultural town sits at the eastern base of the Cascade Mountains and the western edge of central Washington's hot desert land. The Trinidad grade climbs up to the desert plateau. Crew changes happen at the Railroad offices and engine facility downtown, west of Apple Yard.
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In Wenatchee, the "Apple Capitol of the World", trains coming east from Stevens pass stop to have extra engines removed. Westbounds headed into the mountains usually get some units added here. BNSF does not employ any helpers on this line, although occasional use of DP or Distributed Power remote control units is not uncommon.
Above: A yard crewman installs a new headlight for this eastbound just before it heads towards the Trinidad Loop grade. The BNSF police are there to monitor the train as it passes, for damage or riders.
The main industry for Wenatchee's agricultural base of course is fruit. Here a Santa Fe SD40-2 "snoot" leads a BN SD60M and another unit westward past the Cascadian fruit warehouse with a heavy stack train.
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