What a fitting final image for our "age of steam" week at Historic Hood River. Locomotive 154 is threading the Needles (AKA Pillars of Hercules) on its way between Hood River and Portland. We saw another view of the same spot a while back. Remember to drop by the train tracks this weekend to see the SP 4449 on its excursion to Bend. Give Arlen a wave and a thumbs up as they pass through the Gorge.
This has been a very interesting and memorable series of photos........especially for those of us who can remember seeing these engines chugging along the gorge. For the generations after, they have no vision of what we saw or heard, as we hung our heads out the windows as children so we could hear the sounds those machines made, while we kept telling Dad to go faster, so we could catch up to the engine, as all engineers waved to children as we rolled on down the river. Oh yes, and they wore the striped overalls with the bandana around their necks...........and engineer caps to match.
Thanks Arlen as you certainly know your trains? I bet he has model trains all over the place......
charlott on 19th October 2012 @ 7:09am
I wonder why the N is backwards.
This photo expresses the tremendous improvement to transportation the railroad provided for traveling rapidly up and down the gorge.
It is spring flood time and it looks like a pretty high water. I think In the late 1800's there was a high flood that washed out the railroad tracks and devastated HR's strawberry growers. They couldn't get the produce to market.
Hope to find a place to watch you go by tomorrow Arlen.
l.e. on 19th October 2012 @ 7:33am
Many thanks Arthur for the great pictures this week. Our schedule Saturday calls for a Portland Union Station departure of 8:30 AM, Vancouver 8:55 and Wishram at 11. On Sunday we depart Bend at 8:30 AM, Wishram at 3:00 PM and Vancouver at 5:05 PM. Our expectation is that BNSF Railway will again be a great host and if possible keep us on time. I will be waving back from the Plaza Santa Fe.
This sure looks like a tough spot to take a photo, neat that the photographer had some company and included him in the photo.
Arlen Sheldrake on 19th October 2012 @ 8:56am
Why the N is backwards: The way you burn in text to a photo is to apply the text (ink, or prepared letters) to the emulsion side of the negative. Since the text prevents the passage of light it results in white text on the print. You have to apply the text in reverse, which means you had to learn to write backwards. It's easy to mess up your Ns and Ss when doing that.
Arthur on 19th October 2012 @ 9:14am
I'll be jumping up and down with excitement when 4449 steams into Bend!
Jill Stanford on 19th October 2012 @ 6:53pm