4449 Vancouver to Tacoma

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Bob

Forum Host
Staff member
Off to my assigned car, the Silver Solarium. It was a great ride, and the view was wonderful!

But let's be honest. Views from the dome car, 10 cars or so back, through tinted glass, have two problems. First of all, they're not that great to start with. Then, after you've seen 3 or 4, they all start to look alike. So here's a few shots, and that's all I'll post.

Approaching I-5 at Woodland.
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Passing the Southbound Coast Starlight near Castle Rock
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Near Steilacoom
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Meet with the UP at Pioneer (Chambers Bay Golf Course)
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BN Oly

New Member
Poked around the tideflats quite a bit this evening, couldn't find where she's parked. Not at TR's engine facility or Bullfrog, that I could see.

Anyone know where she will be laying over each night?
 

Bob

Forum Host
Staff member
Poked around the tideflats quite a bit this evening, couldn't find where she's parked. Not at TR's engine facility or Bullfrog, that I could see.

Anyone know where she will be laying over each night?
She's tucked away in an out of the way and secured location. After having several items stolen off of the 2100 while she was parked in the Tideflats, I'm not quite so quick to give details any more.
 

funnelfan

New Member
Here are a few views from outside the train. As expected good sun angles would be hard to come by until the train reached Tacoma. I was expecting that the 4449 might be delayed by Amtrak and other trains, but that didn't happen for the most part and the train kept right on rolling along. I had Josh Delp and Andy Rose along in my rig for the chase. Napavine hill didn't slow down the train much as it chugged right up the grade without a hint of slippage.

The best shot of the day for me was this view of the NRHS convention special passing the Tempco grain elevator and Half Moon Yard arriving into downtown Tacoma.


First place we caught the train was crossing the Lewis River near Woodland, WA.


The train powered right on up Napavine Hill at Hawkins Road.


After dumping off the passengers at the Tacoma Amtrak station, the train had to see-saw it's way at Reservation to get on the right track to head into the Port of Tacoma where it will stay until Saturday.
 

p51

Marty, it runs on steam!
I didn't even see you taking shots of the obs end of the car. Thanks for not getting me while I was trying to eat that sandwich. Good food on that ride and great hospitality. The car hostess did a fantastic job. I was far and clear the youngest person back there by a wide margin, and I'm 41!
 




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