The Portland-Seattle Vans has crested the grade near Encina, OR, but there are more ahead in the Blue Mountains for this quartet of SD40, 40-2s. CNW 6922, third out, was one of only two SD40-2s to... (more)
The premier power of the era, four SD40s lead the Portland/Seattle Vans (symbol PSV) up the steep grade out of the Snake River valley into the Blue Mountains near Encina, OR.
In full dynamic braking mode, UP 8174 leads the eastbound MCONP-25 down the grade east of Encina, OR. 8174's nose still bears the shadow of the "Big Red Express" sticker.
A westbound manifest digs its heels into the grade leading up towards Encina, OR on a cool fall day, as it climbs out of the Burnt River Canyon.
UP 150th Special from Portland, OR to Green River, WY.
Green River, WY sits atop one of the largest natural Soda Ash deposits in the world. To get this product to hungry Asian markets the soda must cross Union Pacific's Encina Hill. Encina is a ruli... (more)
After leaving the Snake River valley, the UP's Oregon Short Line had to negotiate the Blue Mountains in order to reach the Columbia River valley. Here a DPU'd manifest struggles west on its first ... (more)