No one has mentioned this so I will ask. From the old MILW depot to the former NP, which was the original transcontinental main line from Kalama, the line will have to cross a valley and climb a grade of at least 2%. This will be all new construction and the bridge will be the most spectacular part of the project. I have not been to Tacoma to see it for years, but did spend one afternoon eyeballing the project. Does anyone have photos? Northwest?? Mac
I don't have photos, but Google's imagery shows it pretty well:
Overhead view: https://email@example.com,-122.4367104,496m/data=!3m1!1e3
Track at right curving dowward is the former MILW, the old NP ROW continued top left parallel to Hood Street.
On Hood Street with former NP tracks in place, facing where the new line splits off.
New crossing at C Street. Note new retaining wall construction. If one pans to the left, a huge sidewalk crossing and the new bridge over Pacific Avenue is visible.
New bridge at Pacific Avenue.
Different (!) C Street crossing showing the tie-in point where the ex-MILW splits off at left and new construction continues straight.
Test trains are currently running on the route using Cascades equipment.