The smoke has finally cleared, allowing for a lovely fall hike. Amtrak 28 rolls east along the mighty Columbia River and is seen from the Cape Horn Trail.
As protestors gather only a few miles away, the Amtrak veterans unit leads the eastbound Empire Builder to Spokane.
In order to serve the Pacific Northwest’s two largest cities, Amtrak’s Empire Builder added a Portland section in 1981, with the train splitting in two at Spokane, Washington, and conti... (more)
The Portland section of the Empire Builder navigates the BNSF causeway at Horsethief Lake, WA at sunset.
My 1st day out in Oregon for Winter Rail we had the afternoon free so we headed out into the Columbia River Gorge. Unfortunately the BNSF wasn't running much west. Towards sunset the only train mo... (more)
My 1st day out in Oregon we had the afternoon free so we headed out into the Columbia River Gorge. Unfortunately the BNSF wasn't running much west. Towards sunset the only train moving was the Emp... (more)
The Spokane-Portland leg of the Empire Builder has arrived at PDX and will wye after crossing the Steel Bridge, for the return trip to Spokane.
At about 17:00pm, along the banks of the Columbia River, the Portland Section of the Empire Builder still has 100 miles to cover before arriving in Pasco, WA. In tow is a private varnish, RVIX 80... (more)
Along the banks of the Columbia River, the Portland Section of the Empire Builder is about to duck into Tunnel 9, just west of Lyle at 15:25pm.
A late Amtrak Portland Section of the Empire Builder, Rolls through the long siding at Cooks, Washington on the beginning of it's long run to Spokane and eventually Chicago. Amtrak temporarily re... (more)
The Portland section of the Empire Builder stands ready to depart for its trip east. On the other side of the platform is the southbound Coast Starlight that arrived from Seattle not long ago. A... (more)
The "Baby Builder" section of the Empire Builder travels through the small Columbia River town of Lyle, Washington.
This photo was taken during the 2013 Railroad: AmtrakLocomotive: GE P42DCLocation: Lyle, Washington, USALocomotive #: AMTK 124Train ID: AMTK 28Photo Date: May 18, 2013
The Empire Builder's Portland section power takes a side track near the station while the Seattle section joins the two section to create a proper train.
The late evening sun just manages to catch the silver bodied coaches of this Amtrak train coming from Seattle and heading down the Columbia river.
A 1/30th second zoom pan captures the Eastbound Empire Builder rolling through St. Cloud with two properly appointed private cars on the rear.