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Columbia River Gorge

Postby theseaandalifesaver » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:44 pm

Quick question,

I know that UP owns the tracks south of the Columbia River in Oregon while BNSF owns the tracks north of the river in Washington. Where do the UP trains generally go to from Portland? Where do the intermodels end up? Crew change points, etc...
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Re: Columbia River Gorge

Postby Wayside » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:00 am

Portland is a hub for UP. Trains go to and from Eugene to the south, and Seattle to the north. Out the Gorge, UP goes to Hinkle, OR (crew change) and from there north to Spokane, WA and points north (CP interchange at Eastport), and east to La Grande, OR (crew change) and on to Nampa, ID (crew change), Pocatello, ID (crew change) and from there connecting to the UP Overland route in Green River WY. There is also a line down to Ogden and Salt Lake yards.

As for intermodals through the Gorge, they connect with the rest of the intermodal network to all points east. Hotshots go all the way to Chicago terminals/gateway, plus St. Louis and KC.
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Re: Columbia River Gorge

Postby wigwagfan » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:25 am

Wayside wrote:Portland is a hub for UP.


Arguably, Hinkle Yard is *the* hub for the Union Pacific in the northwest. It is the UP's own hump yard in the Pacific Northwest, and makes up trains in literally every direction - northwest to Seattle (via Portland), west to Portland, south to California (either via the SP through the Willamette Valley or via the UP to Ogden and south), northeast to Spokane and into Canada, and eastward to anywhere else on the continent.

For trains running Seattle-Hinkle, they will do a crew change at one of the sidings in Northeast Portland as trains don't even need to access Albina Yard.

So as for where to trains go, they are either going west to Portland or Seattle, or east to Hinkle and points beyond; some trains such as the potash trains will head up the Washy to Spokane and to Eastport where they interchange with the CP (hence, a lot of Canadian run-through power). The intermodals typically head through Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and beyond. Local trains run between Albina and Hinkle, serving customers in Cascade Locks, Hood River, The Dalles, Arlington, and Boardman. There are also a couple branches such as the Mount Hood Railroad, the Arlington Industrial Lead (think: garbage trains from the Puget Sound region) and the spur to the Boardman Coal Plant. While UP does have trackage rights (and owns a portion of track) on the Oregon Trunk, it currently doesn't use those rights south to Bend; but they can prove useful if the ex-SP Cascade Line is blocked.
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Re: Columbia River Gorge

Postby Rockingham Racer » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:46 am

Crew changes for the UP are Hinkle, and La Grande. Crews from Portland/Vancouver run all the way to Pasco, or down to Bend on the Oregon Trunk.
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