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  1. E/B Z train - Bates, WA - June 7, 2008

    E/B Z train - Bates, WA - June 7, 2008

    An eastbound BNSF Z-train rolls along the Columbia River east of Bates, WA.
  2. BNSF 4492

    BNSF 4492

    BNSF C44-9W 4492 leads a Westbound grain train through the Gorge.
  3. BNSF 4733

    BNSF 4733

    After the 4449 went past Eastbound, BNSF C44-9W 4733 leads a Westbound manifest. The 4733 met the 4449 in the siding at Maryhill, a few miles to the East of where I was.
  4. 4449 east at Maryhill

    4449 east at Maryhill

    SP 4449 east is between Wishram and Maryhill, WA.
  5. BNSF Z-train east

    BNSF Z-train east

    An eastbound BNSF Z-train rounds the curves between Wishram and Maryhill (actually at MP 110).
  6. 4449 Through the Gorge

    4449 Through the Gorge

    Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 leads an excurtion train on it's way to Michigan.
  7. BNSF 4470

    BNSF 4470

    While waiting for the SP 4449, BNSF 4470 highballs a Z train East though the Gorge.
  8. BNSF GE smokin' it up!!!!

    BNSF GE smokin' it up!!!!

    BNSF #4915 accelerates just west of Stevenson siding after meeting an eastbound.. This was a rare day that the sun was out and the trains were actually moving on the BNSF Fallbridge Subdivision.. To show on a nice spring day, snow is still in the hills in the background of the 4915 on the...
  9. Westbound DPUs through the Gorge

    Westbound DPUs through the Gorge

    Two ES44DC's shove on the rear of a 100 + car grain train Westbound through Goodnoe, WA about 15 minutes before the sun rose enough to come over the hills.
  10. Westbound Empire Builder

    Westbound Empire Builder

    Powered by two P42's, the four car Portland section of the Westbound Empire Builder, train #27, is about to start its trip through the Gorge.
  11. Paradise Local

    Paradise Local

    Montana Rail Link's Paradise Local pulls into Thompson Falls to switch a lumber customer powered by two aging GP9's.
  12. Trash Is Cash

    Trash Is Cash

    For the BNSF, trash IS cash and it hauls a lot of it. Here is an empty trash train headed westbound through the Columbia River Gorge near Bingen, Washington. This train usually has a mix of 2nd generation power such as these 3 SD40-2's.
  13. Splitting the signals after sunset

    Splitting the signals after sunset

    This is a shot that I didn't think would come out. Well after sunset, an eastbound BNSF manifest splits the signals and enters the siding at Avery, WA.
  14. Morning Z-train

    Morning Z-train

    A westbound BNSF Z-train blasts up the Columbia River Gorge near Goodnoe, WA, just after sunrise. Third unit is a CEFX ex-Soo Line SD60.
  15. H2 SD70MAC in the Gorge

    H2 SD70MAC in the Gorge

    A treat for us last weekend was an empty coal train in the Columbia River Gorge with SD70MAC's in H2 and Executive colors, along with an ES44AC with the DPU's. In nice morning light, nonetheless.
  16. Once the pride of the Santa Fe...

    Once the pride of the Santa Fe...

    ...now hauling garbage. Ex-Santa Fe GP60M #109, along with a GP60B and an ex-BN GP50 are returning to Seattle from Roosevelt, WA, with an empty trash train.
  17. Z-train & Mt. Hood

    Z-train & Mt. Hood

    Every year I try this shot, and while waiting for the train, the sun swings around and back-lights the train. At least this year I got clear skies, snow on the mountain, and NOT a faded red/silver Dash-9 on the lead!
  18. Morning w/b Grainer at Avery

    Morning w/b Grainer at Avery

    An eastbound empty grain train charges through Avery, WA, just after dawn.
  19. Spring at Wishram

    Spring at Wishram

    Coal train beneath puffy clouds that brought showers a few hours later...a touch of green here and there.
  20. UP 4682 in the Gorge

    UP 4682 in the Gorge

    One of many stops along the highway as we followed him on our way home.




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