Yippee! A semaphore! this would've been near the intersection of a line from the current location of city hall to the current location of the old Bonneville Dam Visitor center, near the marina park.
spinsur on 13th January 2015 @ 7:29am
This just a pure "chilling" photo......Seems somewhat strange to see snow instead of RAIN in Cascade Locks.
Doesn't appear that the train has even gone through there.
Charlott on 13th January 2015 @ 8:10am
Pretty cool, nice photo, but how could the elevation be higher in Cascade Locks than HRiver (90)? Doesn't the Hood River station say 90 feet elevation?
James Holloway on 13th January 2015 @ 9:21am
yes, chilling and hopeful......if and when a train comes, semaphore says stop. when did the depot go away?
arlen sheldrake on 13th January 2015 @ 11:02am
And an appearance of a large building and a couple of smoke stacks. Woodcutting factory? Were these semaphores manual or electrical?
nels on 13th January 2015 @ 11:55am
I just looked up some elevations the other day. Underwood is 118' and Bingen 131'
On the east Oregon border close to Boise, Idaho. It was on the Oregon Navigation and Railway line.
l.e. on 13th January 2015 @ 2:27pm
I had no idea what that funny looking pole was. Learned a new word.
Looks like the power lines have some problems.
l.e. on 13th January 2015 @ 2:32pm
James, maybe the depot building in Cascade Locks is further and higher from the river than the depot building in Hood River.
Buzz on 13th January 2015 @ 3:50pm
This is not a semaphore, this is an order board indicating stop for orders. Union Pacific and Southern Pacific used lower quadrant semaphores while GN and NP used semaphores similar to this.upper quadrant. No RR used a semaphore near a depot so there would be no mixup with an order board.
Kenn on 13th January 2015 @ 4:20pm
Wow, thanks Kenn, I thought anything along a track w/ arms that went to different positions was a semaphore. Had not heard of an order board. I must be showing my youth, yeah, that's it! ;-)
spinsur on 13th January 2015 @ 8:05pm
A bit more on the order board, straight out as these are indicate stop for orders, straight up proceed, and in between position indicates pick up orders without stopping being "hooped up", handed up with a hoop or loop on a handle, to the engine and to the caboose. The semaphores out on the line were straight out indicating the block or section ahead is occupied, dropped down the next block is clear. No semaphores near a depot to avoid confusion between the two.
Kenn on 15th January 2015 @ 4:52pm