Mountain West Rail
Frank Keller's Oregon, Washington & Idaho
While traveling from Colorado Springs to Portland, Oregon to attend the annual Southern Pacific Historical Society meeting, Frank had the opportunity to photograph trains in some areas he had not previously visited.  Below is a sampling from that trip.

Willamette & Pacific has repainted this GP-9, 1801, into former SP 
Black Widow colors.  This is the W&P local that operates to the Hull-Oakes sawmill at Dawson, Oregon which is one of the last steam powered sawmills in the United States.  The local still operates with a caboose as a 5 mile backup move is required to reach the mill.  The local is making is near Dawson on September 28, 2000 at 11:42 am.

Central Oregon & Pacific 3818 West with the Coos Bay Hauler at Finn, Oregon at 2:10 pm on August 28, 2000.  Those of you familiar with the Colorado & Wyoming Railroad should recognize these units as former C&W GP38s.

After catching the Coos Bay Hauler, we set out to catch the W&P Toledo Hauler.  We knew that it had already had left Albany and we weren't sure where we would meet up with it, if at all.  But, with a heavy train and some slow running we caught the hauler at Eddyville, Oregon at 4:20 pm on August 28, 2000.
W&P 2303 West, the Toledo Hauler, powered today by three former Santa Fe GP39-2s and a W&P slug set.  This train is passing one of the few remaining covered bridges in Oregon at Chitwood on August 28, 2000 at 4:47 pm.
Another shot of the Toledo Hauler, this time at Toledo, Oregon, at 5:30 pm on August 28, 2000.  Having just set out their loaded train in the small yard, they will gather up the empties and head back for Albany.  The shot was the last of a productive day of photography.

Having left Montana earlier in the day headed towards Portland, Oregon, we cruised along the Columbia River and the BNSF.  In the distance we noticed a headlight and decided to pull over to capture an image in the fast fading light.  I'm glad we did.  This is EMD 9022 East with two sisters and an empty grain train at McCreddie, WA at 6:30 pm on August 27, 2000.

Eastern Idaho GP35 3510 near Twin Falls Idaho at 3:30 pm on October 1, 2000.  Those of you who are DRGW fans will recognize this unit as a former Rio Grande unit with some Eastern Idaho modifications.

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