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...

Sharing today with Mersad's Through My Lens

Saturday, July 6, 2019


I was a bit confused by this little train--  one engine, four tank cars, and a caboose!  Trains don't run with cabooses anymore! But then a friend explained that this was a fire train--  water in the tank cars, and crew in the caboose to fight fires near the tracks.  Oh.  Not something you see everyday.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Happy birthday America! I hope we can heal the wounds soon...

Looking across a vineyard in Maryhill, Washington, toward the Oregon side of the river and a long Union Pacific train.  The vineyard, the mighty Columbia River, the powerful bluffs, and the Union Pacific all seem to embody America to me...

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Sometimes they are amazing to see...

About 70 hopper cars full of coal headed west at high speed...

Unit trains like this one are common-- they might be coal, oil, cars, wheat, or containers.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

They always smile for her...

Three locomotives in front and three in the back taking a train load of specialized train cars that carry new autos and light trucks.

Monday, June 24, 2019

The BNSF yard and Amtrak station at Wishram, Washington, on the Columbia River...

The Oregon Trunk Railroad bridge was opened in 1912. It's owned by the BNSF. The bridge had to be raised and a lift section added in 1957 when the Dalles Dam raised the level of the river and covered the Celilo Falls-- a fishing and trading spot for Native Americans for many hundreds of years.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

A BNSF grain train speeding through the night...

Three railroad names in one--- The Burlington, The Great Northern, and the Santa Fe--- BNSF. Their engines are that orange-red design that reminds us of the old Santa Fe colors. Their track is on the Washington side of the Columbia river as it goes through the gorge and beyond.  The the locomotives are mostly GE's, and the scenery on the Washington side is more exciting than on the Oregon side. The Union Pacific is on the Oregon side. UP engines are a shade of yellow and are generally EMD diesels.  Nearer to where we live, the main north-south route is in Western Washington and is used by both railroads--- usually more than 60 trains a day.  This train had two engines in front, and two pushing in the rear.

Sharing today with Mersad's Through My Lens

Saturday, June 22, 2019

One of the many tunnels on the BNSF line on the Washington side of the Columbia River east of the Cascade Mountain range...

Since I got many positive comments on my series of abandoned schoolhouses and other old buildings last year, I thought It might be fun to do a series of my railroad pictures this summer.  This is the first.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Friday, June 14, 2019

Hi! You guys out for a walk?

We've lived here for almost 30 years and we've never seen deer quite as friendly.  Yesterday evening this one didn't seem to mind us both clicking away with our cameras, but he or she decided to head for the trees when a fire engine siren startled it.  

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019

A starling estate...

Every year a starling pair builds a nest and raises a family in the hollowed out part of the back side of a fence post-- just up the road from our house.  The nest is only about 4 feet above the ground, but they seem to like it.  The fence post is behind the mailboxes in my picture from last Monday.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019