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I just got back from a couple of days up in the Portland Vancouver area. It wasn't a train watching trip by any means, but I did get a couple of shots in!

The first night as I was approaching my hotel in McMinneville, I caught a local Portland & Western with some classic EMD power at the lead along 99W. I shot these out my van window from the side of the road with my little Sony Nex 6 and kit lens. A few miles up the road is one of the coolest wooden trestle locations I have seen still in service. I need to come back up this way with a more train oriented trip!
20130815-_DSC0705 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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I heard the trains in the Gorge all night from our lodge in the gorge, but I was too busy shooting some raptors that a rescue organization were showing off for the guests. So like the wise owl shown below (Barn Owl), I passed on trains for the night and took a bunch of bird photos and enjoyed some cocktails while doing so.

Barwn Owl Face by lennycarl08, on Flickr

The day after a wonderful evening (Skamania Lodge in Stevenson Washington), I was exploring the gorge along Washington Hwy 14, and caught sight of an approaching Z train. I was in luck as I spotted a great place to pull over safely and snap a few.

20130817-AQ4E1648 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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20130817-AQ4E1663 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

20130817-IMG_9296 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

20130817-IMG_9297 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

I somehow missed the fact that there is now a train museum in Portland, so I definitely want to get back up there soon. For now, it's back to prowling my local California rails. 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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