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Portland area ops
06-09-2012, 11:36 PM
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Portland area ops
I am going to be in Portland next weekend and wondering what I can expect or look for. I will only be railfanning around town on Sat. Will head out a little farther on Sun.

Looking at overhead maps. I see 2 yards North of downtown on opposite sides on the river. 1 says BNSF Lake Yard the other is listed as Portland Intermodal. I also see UP Brooklyn Yard Southeast of downtown. Also see there is an Amtrak Union Station near downtown.

I see several junctions South of Portland and even a diamond. I am wonder in one of these lines is a light rail or something. Saw some weird engine on a siding near some small yard near Bonita.

Looks like I can walk over Brooklyn Yard on Holgate Bl. Are there any other good spots around town?

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06-10-2012, 10:39 AM
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RE: Portland area ops
It depends where you go. There are the regular amtrak trains (cascades, builder, starlight), MAX light rail, portland streetcar, etc. for freight, you can see both UP and BNSF trains running between the two yards and thru the station. I also recommend a visit to brooklyn yard while the roundhouse is still standing. There isn't direct public access to the building but you can drive by on a road that crosses UP's Brooklyn yard.
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06-10-2012, 07:18 PM
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RE: Portland area ops
I know I am going to at least stop by Amtrak. I will also explore around Lake Yard, Portland Intermodal and Brooklyn Yard. I see that street that crosses Brooklyn and I was told on FB to drive into the yard to the roundhouse. Other than that there appears to be some other BNSF Yard (not Lake) that I want to check out as well as some little engines near Golf Jct. I was told the 4449 is kept NW of town.

Other than that I guess I will be spending time around Vancouver.

Is is worth a trip to Salem?

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06-10-2012, 07:45 PM (This post was last modified: 06-10-2012 08:39 PM by CoasterMike2105.)
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RE: Portland area ops
I haven't been fanning in Salem before but I think you see pretty much the same stuff as you do in south Portland (south of Brooklyn). 4449 is still to my best knowledge kept at the Brooklyn roundhouse.

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There are some neat overpasses you can get good shots of the trains in between Portland Union and Brooklyn.

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I also forgot to mention that you can see Portland and Western from time to time running through Union Station.

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If you are going to be in Vancouver for a bit, the BNSF line along the Colombia River is very scenic and usually sees good action. It is worth a visit.

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06-11-2012, 04:04 PM (This post was last modified: 06-11-2012 04:08 PM by jeff.)
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RE: Portland area ops
My two (or three ??) visits to Portland all included stops at the Vancouver, WA Amtrak station.
Easy access and plenty of rail traffic with some good photo angles in my eyes. Heading up
the Gorge would be my plan of attack, but your mileage may vary. The attached google map
shows the close proximity between the two locations. It is only a ten mile jaunt with travel time
varying depending on the time of day. I'd figure a half hour during rush hour/s.

~ jeff


   
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06-11-2012, 04:12 PM
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RE: Portland area ops
and some links to existing threads here on WCRF.com

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http://www.westcoastrailforums.com/thread-2297.html

http://www.westcoastrailforums.com/thread-3177.html

http://www.westcoastrailforums.com/thread-3182.html
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06-12-2012, 08:11 AM
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RE: Portland area ops
As for Salem, there is just the Amtrak that runs through on 12th st in downtown. Not alot of SP or BNSF
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06-12-2012, 05:38 PM
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RE: Portland area ops
(06-12-2012 08:11 AM)daisykngdm Wrote:  As for Salem, there is just the Amtrak that runs through on 12th st in downtown. Not alot of SP or BNSF

UP travels through Salem regularly, as does the Portland & Western. Both RR have their own trackage in town. P&W sometimes runs right through Salem on Front Street, splitting NB and SB traffic on the street.

Lots of good vantage points both North and South of downtown Salem. We routinely "camp" by Renard and watch both Amtrack and UP (there's a long siding there) and it can be fun to catch "meets" there as well. Willamette University has a pedestrian bridge which is just North of the Amtrak station. And there is a small UP yard in town, which is located just south of Hines St SE (use 12th street to get there).
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06-12-2012, 05:41 PM
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RE: Portland area ops
(06-11-2012 04:04 PM)jeff Wrote:  My two (or three ??) visits to Portland all included stops at the Vancouver, WA Amtrak station.
Easy access and plenty of rail traffic with some good photo angles in my eyes. Heading up
the Gorge would be my plan of attack, but your mileage may vary. The attached google map
shows the close proximity between the two locations. It is only a ten mile jaunt with travel time
varying depending on the time of day. I'd figure a half hour during rush hour/s.

~ jeff

I am headed to Kennewick and Pasco, WA this weekend on business. Hope to get a little railfanning in while I am there. Yes, the Gorge is a MUST VISIT railfan spot! Vancouver Amtrak depot is a hive of rail activity as well. Always lots of traffic coming and going over the Wilbridge junction to and from Oregon/Washington.

If you have time, Kalama is a truly wonderful spot! 2 ML along the river. So you get river and rail traffic. Great city park, lots of trackside parking areas. And the pedestrian bridge over the ML is a wonderful photo spot.
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