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Guided Railfan Tour of Columbia Gorge #3
See the UP on the South shore (Oregon side) and the BNSF on the North shore (Washington side) of the majestic Columbia River Gorge. Catch fast freight and passenger service moving both east and west. Especially picturesque are the natural basalt tunnels and steep terrain that typify the BNSF mainline. See remnants of the last operating lumber flume in North America, shut down in the 1980’s. See the transition from the lush green west Cascade foothills around Portland to the high desert of eastern Oregon and Washington. See Wishram, Washington - a classic railroad town built at the turn of the 20th century as a division point and north end of the Oregon Trunk.
On the Oregon Side, there are lacy waterfalls dropping from high basalt bluffs, the terminus of the Mt. Hood Railroad, and a wide variety of typical UP trains. (Box Lunch included)