Monday, August 19, 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The end of the line--- The log train tracks, now unused, but still full of memories...

Number 55 in my train series-- Thanks so much for your likes and comments on these since June 22d. I thought it would be appropriate to end with a bit of wistfulness--- The log train tracks, unused, but still full of memories.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019


Notice that the second locomotive is pointed the opposite direction, but they're just as happy going backwards...

Friday, August 9, 2019

The log train is gone now...

Portions of track have been ripped up now. But we were fortunate enough to see one of the last runs through the clouds just before it started the down the hill to the Weyerhaeuser mill. So long, log train-- I wish I'd thought about getting more pictures while it was still running.

Another Christmas day shot, with a southbound BNSF freight--- that's moss on the trees, not leaves.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 2019

A northbound UP freight near Castle Rock-- And an important sign!

And by the way, I have no idea what the sign means other than it has to do with rails and turnouts.  But I like the sign!

Addition:  Railroad maintenance vehicles have wheels for the highway and special flanged wheels to go on the tracks.  They are the hy-rail vehicles.  Frogs are part of turnouts and switches.  The sign is a warning to the maintenance vehicles that the "frog" is there.  Thanks to my RR friends!

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Moving to the wet side of the mountains...

Not far from where we live--- A Union Pacific freight crossing the Cowlitz River. The double-tracked mainline is used by both the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroads.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Empire Builder...

...or at least a portion of it. Amtrak's Empire builder starts in Chicago as a much bigger train. By the time it gets to Spokane, Washington, a portion is split off to go through the Gorge to Portland, Oregon. The other portion heads over the Cascade Mountains to Seattle.

Sunday, July 21, 2019


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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Friday, July 19, 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

It's always busy in the Gorge...

A long BNSF train is headed through the tunnels westbound on the other side of the Columbia River.  A Union Pacific container train is headed East on this side-- at the bottom of the picture.  And there's also a westbound barge.

There are still things to be proud of...

Monday, July 15, 2019

American Dream II

Just a couple of minutes later-- In the foreground, the BNSF train is moving empty container cars west.  A barge boat is pushing 4 gigantic barges east into the lock around the Dalles Dam.  

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

Through the cliff...

In the center-bottom of yesterday's picture you can see a break in the basalt formation--- seen closer in this picture. It's actually been carved out by the Union Pacific Railroad.  This is a UP container train on the tracks running through that break.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Monday, July 8, 2019

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Drano Lake tunnels!

A wonderful sight when the light hits them just right... And yes, that really is the name of the lake. The Columbia River is on the other side of the highway and the BNSF tracks...

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