Most of the black and white photos in this gallery
were taken with a Kodak Brownie camera that used 620 film. The quality
varies greatly. The s have been run through photoshop with varying
results. The photos were taken between 1950 and 1952.
The Steam Era
Freight trains were handled by 3200-Class 2-8-2 Mikados until
1952 when they were replaced by four new two-unit sets of F7As, numbered 271-274.
My friends Mike Wheeler (left) and Gary Thompson are shown talking to the engineer of Mikado 3213.
The Diesel Era
first southbound freight of the day, First 711, has arrived
Ferndale and has stopped on the long passing siding for a meet with the
northbound Afternoon International. This photo was taken shortly after
A-A sets of F7s had replaced the 2-8-2 steam engines on the freight
trains. The F7 sets were numbered 271-274. The building at the right is the I.O.O.F hall.
This is another view of the same train as above. The building at the right is Keith's Grocery.
The northbound Afternoon International passes by First 711 as it waits on the passing track.
completed its meet with the Afternoon International, First 711 leaves
Ferndale and can be seen stretched along the broad curve crossing
Second Street in the left distance. The cars in the foreground are
waiting on Washington Street for the long train to pass. Two box cars
are spotted at Pynor Feed on the right. The loading dock is at the left.
On another day 272 holds the main as it rolls by the depot, too fast to be captured without blurring by my Kodak Brownie camera.
Sometimes diesels other than 272, 273 or 274 would show up on one of
the freight trains. Here FT 404, a permanently coupled A-B set, is the
power for northbound First 712.
A closer look at the front of FT 404.
There are many more photos of trains in Ferndale and Bellingham on the follwing web pages:
Created: April 16, 2009