March 7, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 46

Cheney short-line railroad gears up for busy year

Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad busy with track improvements to allow added business

When the railroading season really kicks into high gear later this month the Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad will be roaring to go.

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An EWGR train brings grain cars to Cheney last summer to meet Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains that will take the product to world markets. The local short-line railroad expects business to remain brisk as the grain hauling picks up pace later this month.

A lot of work during the time when train traffic is slower will hopefully keep trains running more smoothly – and swiftly – from the EWGR’s hub here in Cheney.

Those traveling SR 904 recently might have noticed increased activity along the tracks near the Cheney Rodeo Grounds where crews have been busy replacing ties. Others might have noticed a shiny new look to some of the short-line railroad’s locomotives.

“They’re actually cleaned up, they h...

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