The Columbia River Gorge of the Pacific Northwest is rich in scenery from snow capped mountains to magnificent waterfalls. This is the backdrop for Union Pacific’s Portland Subdivision between Portland and Hinkle Yard.
Manifest trains make their way to and from UP’s classification yard at Hinkle while expedited intermodal trains race between western ports in Portland, Tacoma and Seattle to intermodal hubs around Chicago. With a gentle grade and many high-speed curves, this water-level route through the Cascades is ideal for long, heavy trains. Add the breath-taking scenery found along the gorge and you have the perfect recipe for great train watching. See UP’s mighty SD90 MACs pounding the rails with 130 car potash trains! ES45AC’s on the point of long double-stack trains! Vintage geeps in local service and much more, all in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge! With UP and BNSF (in Part 2) railroad tracks for company, the mighty Columbia River carves its way through the Cascade Mountains as it fashions much of the boundary between Oregon and Washington State. Action was shot between June 2011 and February 2012.