The mighty Columbia River carves its way through the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest as it fashions much of the boundary between Oregon and Washington State. The Columbia River Gorge is rich in scenery from snow capped mountains to magnificent waterfalls. This is the backdrop for Union Pacific’s Portland Subdivision between Portland, Oregon and Hinkle Yard.
Many manifest trains make their way to and from UP’s classification yard at Hinkle while expedited intermodal trains race between western ports in Portland, Tacoma and Seattle to major intermodal hubs in and around Chicago. With a gentle grade and many high-speed curves, this water-level route through the Cascade Mountains is ideal for long, heavy trains. Add the breath-taking scenery found along the gorge and you have the perfect recipe for great train watching.
See UP's mighty SD90 MACs pounding the rails with 130 car potash trains! ES45AC's on the point of long double-stack trains! Vintage geeps in local service and much more, all in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge!
This program was shot between June, 2011 and February, 2012.
1 hour 58 minutes
WIDESCREEN DVD NTSC No Region Code
1080i Hi-Definition Blu-ray BD-R
May be viewed with or without narration.
Union Pacific's Steel Bridge over the Willamette River marks the starting point for our journey through the Columbia River Gorge.
An EMD SD90/43AC leads a westbound Canpotex potash train under the Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks.
A westbound manifest crosses McClure Lake on the Oregon side of the Columbia River.
More SD90's lead an empty grain train through Heppner Junction on is return trip to Canada.
A westbound grain train approaches Tunnel 2 between Hood River and The Dalles.
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