• Wishram WA freight Hood (#0450)

    BNSF freight heading west along the Columbia just past Wishram, WA. Shrouded in the clouds in the distance, you can barely see the base of Mt. Hood.

  • Wishram WA "to market" (#0451)

    A placard near Wishram, WA explaining the role of trucks, trains, and barges in moving wheat and other freight through the Columbia Gorge.

  • Wishram WA Amtrak (#0446)

    Hidden by the freight behmoth, an Amtrak (Empire Builder) station in Wishram, WA.


  • Wishram WA steam (#0445)

    Great Northern P-2 Mountain No. 2507, on exhibit in Wishram, WA. There was only one sign on WA-14 indicating that a historic steam locomotive might be down in Wishram, and when I got down to Wishram I saw no signs indicating where it was. But, it’s a ti…

  • Wishram and Oregon Trunk Rail Bridge (#0444)

    On the right is the BNSF yard in Wishram, WA, but what was most interesting to me here was the rail bridge across the Columbia. It’s a very long bridge and I first saw this bridge from I-84 on the Oregon shore, and then again here from WA-14; in neither…

  • Bingen WA oil train (#0453)

    In celebration of the president's rejection of the Paris Accord on Climate Change, a series of photos of oil trains on the Columbia. Oil train stopped on the east side of Bingen, WA; across from Hood River, OR


  • Bingen WA oil train (#0452)

    In celebration of the president's rejection of the Paris Accord on Climate Change, a series of photos of oil trains on the Columbia. Oil train stopped on the east side of Bingen, WA; across from Hood River, OR

  • Hoquiam WA waterfront (#1334)

    A bulk transfer facility that apparently transfers between rail and barge/ocean shipping using silos as the intermediary storage facility. Updated 11/27/2016: Per an article in the 11/26/2016 Los Angeles Times, the owners of this terminal are seeking per…

  • Aberdeen WA railroad bridge (#1353)

    Rotating bridge of the PSAP (Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad.) The PSAP is a very active shortline that uses this bridge to connect the Port of Grays Harbor with the main BNSF line in Centralia, WA. See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puget_Sound_and_Pa cific_R…


  • Columbia River Railroad Bridge, Vancouver WA (#1494)

    Further downstream and not very visible, running across the center of the picture, the Columbia River railroad bridge. The bridge opened in 1908 and is still in use by both BNSF and Amtrak. The swing portion of the bridge, which opens for river traffic,…

  • Columbia River Interstate Bridge, Vancouver WA (#1492)

    A fascinating set of twin bridges, connecting Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. The first of the two bridges was built in 1917 as a single two-way bridge. Long before the Interstate highway system was named the bridge was named as the Interstate bridge si…

  • Columbia River Interstate Bridge, Vancouver WA (#1491)

    A fascinating set of twin bridges, connecting Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. The first of the two bridges was built in 1917 as a single two-way bridge. Long before the Interstate highway system was named the bridge was named as the Interstate bridge si…


  • Kalama WA Columbia River (#1489)

    From Kalama looking north, which is towards the mouth of the Columbia. The industrial area appears to be Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging in Longview, WA. In-between, pilings from the many abandoned piers that suggest various warehouses and factories…

  • Kalama WA Columbia River ducks (#1487)

    Ducks in a row...

  • Kalama WA Columbia River (#1486)

    If you look closely you can see that, behind the ship by quite some distance, is what looks like a buoy that appears to being dragged behind the ship.


  • Kalama WA Columbia River (#1490)

    A key theme of this trip was ports, so had to do what I could to find port traffic even inland. This is at a somewhat difficult to find beach on the Columbia at Kalama, WA.

  • Mt St Helens WA (#1480)

    At the Johnson Ridge Observatory at Mt St Helens, a very large model of the eruption and after effects. I thought the use of color lights to show distances and the travel of various flows to be quite good. In the background was a pad where it was possib…

  • Mt St Helens WA (#1479)

    More detailed view of the debris field at the base of the north side of Mt St Helens.This is much more interesting looking in the large (Lightbox) version.


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