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Along the Columbia River by Scott Borchardt
Below are several pictures that were taken on June 28, 2000 along the north (BNSF) side of the Columbia River between the towns of Plymouth and Maryhill, Washington.  Highway 14 runs along this section of the river and there are many places you can photograph trains right next to the road and river. We only spent a few hours here on the way home from Helper, Utah and saw several trains in a short time.

This is an eastbound, empty BNSF grain train at MP 160.0, west of Alderdale with two BNSF C44-9Ws.  It was just another 99 degree day on the arid Columbia River.

The big picture.  An eastbound BNSF bare table train with a Warbonnet on the point just west of McNary Siding.

This is a great spot that my friend, Tom Hayden, showed us.  This is at the east end of Bates Siding and the view is great in both directions.
Here is the same location and train, a westbound BNSF "Earthworm" grain train, with Heritage II C44-9Ws split by a EMD SD60.  This is what most of the terrain is like along the north side of the Columbia River.
Finally, here is the DP unit on the tail end of the  "Earthworm" as it moves on to the west.  You can see the east end of Bates Siding in middle of this image.

All of these images are copyrighted work of Scott Borchardt, 2000.  Email Scott about his photos. 
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