Columbia River Gorge Railroad Pictures

In a recent article, I asked which railroad you model on your layout.

One of the areas I mentioned that I would like to model was the Columbia River Gorge area that separates Washington and Oregon.

I recently had the opportunity to travel through that area and took some pictures to share with you here.

There are rail lines on both sides of the river and run parallel to the highways on the Washington and Oregon sides of the river. I was travelling on the Oregon side on U.S. Interstate 84 headed east towards The Dalles.

These two pictures show the trains on the Oregon side right next to the highway.

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

This picture shows the rail line on the right side of the highway. It’s hard to make out the screen between the poles that is meant to catch falling rocks to keep them off the track. Visiting the area you plan to model to get pictures like this can help you model the area accurately.

Columbia River Gorge

Falling rock protection

This picture looks across the Columbia River to the Washington side where a long freight train heads west.

Columbia River Gorge

Looking across to the Washington side

Have you visited areas that you model or plan to model on your layout in order to get detailed pictures? Share your experiences in the comments area below.

Rick Brock

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