RailPictures.Net Photo: Unknown Burlington Northern Railroad Cushman pickup at Wenatchee, Washington by Bill Edgar
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» Burlington Northern Railroad (more..)
» Cushman pickup (more..)
» At the yard office/freight house. 
» Wenatchee, Washington, USA (more..)
» May, 1984
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» Unknown (more..)
» Unknown
» Bill Edgar (more..)
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Prior to the BNSF, BN regularly used helpers on Stevens Pass. In the mid-1980s crews were protected by these BioPaks, one per crew member. Helpers were cut in near the rear or on the back of trains and cabooses were still in use. The 8 mile Cascade Tunnel was on a 2.2% grade, cresting just inside the east portal. Today use of DPUs, Freds, and directional running have eliminated helpers for the most part.
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One artifact of the steam era that remains in use to this day; even modern AC traction locomotives need help on the biggest hills.
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