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  1. Yard Limit

    Arrival of the Chargers!

    BNSF 4595 led a five hour late Amtrak 7 into Seattle with the first two Siemens Charger units on Friday, May 12, 2017.
  2. UP 8471 South

    UP 8471 South

    Southbound UP Manifest makes it's way down the mainline at Crescent Lake, OR
  3. Crescent Lake, OR

    Crescent Lake, OR

    Southbound UP 8471 Blasts through the Crescent Lake signal bridge on the Union Pacific Cascade Crossing
  4. UP 5354

    UP 5354

    Southbound UP mixed freight climbs up the 1.8% grade at Frazier, Slide
  5. Southbound Starlight

    Southbound Starlight

    Southbound Amtrak Coast Starlight makes it's way up the 1.8% grade at Frazier, OR on the Cascade Crossing
  6. UP 5381 Frazier, OR

    UP 5381 Frazier, OR

    Northbound UP mixed freight heads down the grade at Frazier, Slide on the Union Pacific Cascade Crossing
  7. Flushing the CASCADE TUNNEL

    Flushing the CASCADE TUNNEL

    An eastbound stack train has completed its uphill run thru the Cascade Tunnel and cleared the east portal at West Berne,WA.The Seattle East Dispatcher has closed the tunnel door located at the east portal which forces all the exhaust gases out the west portal.It will take about 30 minutes before...
  8. In At the East End,Out At the West End

    In At the East End,Out At the West End

    BNSF 5397 leads its westbound "Z" out into fresh air as it clears the Cascade Tunnel West Portal at East Scenic,WA after almost 8 miles underground.
  9. Approaching the Stevens Pass Summit

    Approaching the Stevens Pass Summit

    BNSF 5397 leads its Westbound "Z" as it approaches the East Portal of the Cascade Tunnel where it's all downhill to Puget Sound ports
  10. Wicopee, OR

    Wicopee, OR

    A northbound UP manifest drops down the UP's Cascade line and is nicely framed by this SP signal bridge. Dispatcher 68 was nice enough to send us three freights (and Amtrak) down the hill in rapid succession into this beautiful morning light. The rest of the day was a bust, though.
  11. Amtrak 192 Wicopee, OR

    Amtrak 192 Wicopee, OR

    A northbound Amtrak Coast starlight makes it's way through a Curve at Wicopee OR on 6/12/2010
  12. UP 4208

    UP 4208

    A northbound UP mixed freight makes it's way down the grade at Wicopee, OR
  13. Meet at Scenic

    Meet at Scenic

    On Saturday 3-27-2010, the M-SPOEVE exits Cascade Tunnel at Scenic. An EB Z-trains waits in the siding.
  14. There's something about a train on a curve!

    There's something about a train on a curve!

    BNSF 4185 leads its train into daylight after clearing the East Portal of the Cascade Tunnel at West Berne,WA
  15. Cascade and Columbia

    Cascade and Columbia

    A short Cascade and Columbia freight, in parent Rail America colors, heads south along the Columbia River near Entiat, WA.
  16. There Is Light At The End Of The Tunnel

    There Is Light At The End Of The Tunnel

    BNSF 7848 leads its eastbound stack train out of the Cascade Tunnel after almost eight miles of underground darkness as heads for a crew change about 50 miles ahead at Wenatchee,WA. SD40-2s seem to be a thing of the past on the Scenic Sub
  17. SP at Crescent Lake in 1994

    SP at Crescent Lake in 1994

    Over 15 years ago (wow!) a "westbound" manifests blasts through Crescent Lake, OR. After topping Cascade Summit ten miles back, this train is accelerating to 60 mph for the fast run south towards Klamath Falls.
  18. INPR north to Elgin

    INPR north to Elgin

    Idaho Northern and Pacific #2094 hauling empty IBT and CRLE boxes to the Elgin Boise Cascade mill, nears the Hwy 82 underpass.
  19. Cascade at Edmonds

    Cascade at Edmonds

    A northbound Cascade passes through Edmonds on a cold, clear spring morning. In the background can be seen the snow-capped Olympic Mountains and a ferry arriving from Whidbey Island.
  20. Northbound at McCredie Springs

    Northbound at McCredie Springs

    This is a true grab-shot. While "chasing" the UP 5099 North - which may have been the only northbound freight of the day - I was looking for a new photo angle at McCredie Springs. Working my up the adjacent access road, the train appeared much sooner than I expected. This was shot... is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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