Westward UP priority intermodal freight is nearly making track speed of 70 MPH as the train approaches Arlington, OR on the last crew district before arriving at Portland. Trailing unit 3781 developed problems and quit loading en-route to Hinkle. So doing what any respectable Chief Dispatcher would do to keep the train on time, had the Hinkle Roundhouse add additional unit 2497 to the point so this hotshot could maintain its schedule into Portland. Of course it would be nice to have Centennial 6941 leading to "get the shot" but after all, this is railroading! Not to mention keeping up with a 70 MPH train on adjacent Interstate 84 when the national speed limit was 55 MPH in a Toyota Corolla would be quite difficult.
The famed natural aspect of the Pacific Northwest has drawn tourists and railfans alike from all over the world. This photo compilation showcases the sections where rails meet water between Washougal, WA/Troutdale, OR and Plymouth, WA/Boardman, OR.