On the 14th I spent an impromptu day in the Columbia River Gorge watching trains and hanging out with some friends. I decided to make a full day of it so I was up at 4 and on the road at 5. My goal was to be at tunnel 2 east of Cooks when the sun came up and my timing was impeccable as I was able to sit on the shore of the mighty Columbia and watch the sun pop over the mountains to the east. It was a beautiful morning…as long as you could stay out of the wind. I fought hard to keep everything on the ground while perched up on the rock just east of the tunnel. Brutal.
I captured three trains there but I’m not quite ready to share those images just yet.
I followed the last eastbound to Bingen where it met a manifest. A 10mph slow order and the slow down for the meet allowed me to get ahead to capture the image above of the train winding around the rocks and across the Locke Lake fill. These guys were in a hurry to get to Lyle to meet the Builder so I let them go about their business and found a place to photograph 27.
More about the day in my next post…