After climbing for about 20 minutes up the hill and waiting for nearly two hours, finally we got a train shortly before sunset
Only on early mornings, you can get a shot like this. We were quite happy that this train had helper locos...
The Santa Fe lives on...sort of...on ex-BN tracks...and a modified Warbonnet scheme....close enough for me. An eastbound is seen popping out of one of the tunnels at the Lyle highway rest stop.
BNSF 4379 is the DPU on a westbound freight seen here about to enter one of the tunnels just west of the town of Lyle in the Columbia River Gorge.
An ex-Santa Fe GE bursts out of the short tunnel east of Lyle on its way to Portland. You got to love that red and silver paint.
SP 4449 crosses the mile-long fill just west of Lyle on its way back to Portland. The hike into the spot was worth it for this vista since I came all the way for Texas for some classic Columbia R... (more)
SP 4449 speeds westward back home toward Portland, OR seen here just west of Lyle along the mighty Columbia River.
Catching the last two minutes of sun on this fine spring day, BNSF 8295 leads an auto train west at Lyle, Washington. Gotta love the silver and red at sunset.
Looking across the Columbia River Gorge from Rowena, OR a coal train powered by two different models of GE power and an EMD ACe head west across the fill just out of Lyle.