Saturday in the Gorge III

by Steve Eshom on May 30, 2012

This post is a continuation of a series of posts about my visit to the Gorge in April.  You can find the first two posts here and here.

After last photographing the grain train east of Bingen, I drove east to meet up with my friends who’d taken up station at MP 116 east of Maryhill.  I figured the fastest way to them was the old highway past the Stonehenge Memorial.  I calculated I’d arrive at the crossing and find the grain train rolling past.  As I descended the hill I could tell the train hadn’t arrive yetg so I jumped into position to capture it rounding the curve near the east switch.

As soon as I’d fired off a few test shots the grain train’s headlight appeared under the U.S. 97 overpass.  After a moment for a breath I captured this image of the train winding around toward the east switch with Wy’east (Mt. Hood) towering above.  This location is one of several popular locations between East Wishram and the John Day Dam for railfans to capture a train and Mt. Hood in the same scene.

Railfans in the Northwest sure are lucky!  Where else can this sort of scenery be captured so readily?

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