Port Townsend Southern
Railroad Co. 1890-
Created 12/12/08
Back To Jefferson County
Seattle & North Coast
These furry little critters followed me all of the way out onto the breakwater,
thinking I had food for them, and then followed me back to shore. It is amazing
how many were hiding in the crevices created by the large jetty rocks. (1/12/08)
Here you can see both the dock and the trestle to it. Also, note that a section of trestle was
removed awhile ago. (1/12/08)
Port Townsend:
In the pictures below, you'll see the barge slip/dock for the railroad connecting it with Seattle and the outside world.
Barges loaded with engines and/or cars would dock against this and load/unload the cars. The cables and winches
allowed the dock to be raised or lowered to meet the height of the barges. Sadly, all of this, including the old and new
trestle, was removed in late 2008. The only question is whether the wreck of the vessel "Ranger" was destroyed by the
removal. It sat alongside of the old dock. This dock was last used by the Seattle & North Coast Railroad. (1/12/08)
The pictures below show the trestle that remained coming off of the barge slip. Note the rails that were left in place and
how badly the rails and tie plates are. Also, as you can see there are actually two trestles here. The old one that was
part of the wye for steam locomotives, and the heavier one that was built for diesels. Also, in the first picture you can
see where the railroad went from here as it followed at the base of the cliff and around the paper mill in the
background. Most of this grade is now a trail as efforts are underway to make the whole Seattle & North Coast grade
into a trail. (1/12/08)
I have no idea what this is or what it was used for, but it was lying next to where the old rail ended.
The photos below show the old leg of the wye that was abandoned when the trestle was rebuilt. Also, note in the last
photo the area in the background. The tracks used to run through here from the east leg of the wye, but due to recent
activity, there is no trace of it at all. (1/12/08)
This view shows the grade between the two legs of the wye on shore. I do not know what the remnants of
the poles are since they seem to be too close for telephone poles. (1/12/08)