Union Pacific Railroad


In the yard at Hinkle, Oregon

Scene of the famous high speed "kick" of a tall gondola full of railroad ties. 

The gondola was much lighter after it stopped rolling!


A typical freight working on the Portland to Seattle run. 

This run though was not to be without incident.

We ended up tying the train down, a northbound Amtrak service stopped and picked us up. 

We then rode back to Seattle "on the cushions" at 10 mph because of the risk of fallen tress and landslides.


Approaching the Tacoma "Narrows" from the south


Underside view of the new, under construction and old Narrows Bridge, west of Tacoma, Washington. 

December 2006


Crossing from BNSF to UP tracks north of Tacoma with Mount Rainer in the distance


Rob Meyers


Kenny Boucher


Kenny in a classic pose watching the sunset as we wait for the road


Leaving Simpson Lumber on the Tacoma waterfront with approx. 3,000 tons

An image that was displayed on the UP web site


UP1996 under the sand tower at the Albina yard in Portland


Amtrak 119 at the Albina shops after an argument with a UP autorack


4449 Engineer, Doyle McCormack


UP1996 at Fife


Heading north at Steilacoom


Leaving Tacoma heading north


UP conductor Terry Waltman reporting for duty


Union Station 

Tacoma, Washington


UP engineer Alan Hanson (left) and visiting German engineer Dieter Sessler


Click here to see a video clip of the clean up from this Nisqually incident.


Four images taken by Trevor Bower








Tacoma Narrows bridge 

May 2007


Southbound Amtrak passing the southbound UP steam passenger working


Amtrak steam loco?


Centralia arrival


Janet enjoying literally a once in a life time experience in the 21st century, riding in a UP dome car from Tacoma to Portland behind double headed steam power.


UP passenger train conductor, Reed Jackson


Sitting in the UP observation car chatting with Reed


Reed looking out upon our Vancouver arrival


The view north from the observation car as we crossed the slough between Vancouver and Portland


Backing through a tunnel on the approach to Portland


UP steam program general manager, Steve Lee


A brief look in the cab.  Thanks to Seattle pilot Andy Ison and engineer Lynn Nystrom


The other UP "Challenger"


Riding home northbound on Amtrak at the end of a great day.















































































































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