Friday August 7, 1987
on the Union Pacific

LaGrande, OR to Huntington

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From LaGrande, the line crosses the Grande Ronde Valley to Union Jct. (mp302) at 2,718 feet and then climbs to Telocaset (mp313) at 3,449 feet. The line then descends to North Powder (mp322) at 3,251 feet and comes into the Powder River Valley. The line climbs again to Encina, then begins dropping down to Huntington (mp389) at 2,116 feet.

Union Pacific train symbol SENP1 Crooks
Union Pacific train symbol SENP1 Crooks

SENP2 left Seattle at 130PM yesterday with engines 3348 and 3259. It departed Hinkle at 215AM with 62 loads and 20 empties at 7,353 tons with engines 3346, 3768, and 3174 on the point. It met CSSEZ at Minthorn, XAPSED at Homly, GLNEKA at Bonifer, PCHK on the double track near Meacham, and NPSE at Hilgard. With the helpers cut in, it was climbing Telocaset Hill near Crooks (mp309). It would meet Amtrak 25 at Telocaset and pass the HKPC at Haines (mp332).

Union Pacific train symbol BANPZ at Telocaset, OR
Union Pacific train symbol BANPZ at Telocaset, OR

2PDNPZ departed Hinkle at 450AM, met XAPSED at Echo, CSPDZ at Huron, NPSEZ at Hilgard, and ran around the NPSE2 at LaGrande. It was shifting into dynamic brakes after cresting Telocaset and had engines MP9000 and MP9016 holding back 55 loads at 4,275 tons. It would meet Amtrak 25 at North Powder and pass the HKPC at Haines.

HKPC used it engines; 3201, MP6031, and 3088; to help the GLNEKA to Kamela. After returning to LaGrande, it left with 43 loads and 58 empties, 6,291 tons, and met NPSEZ, SCHK, and LOGH4 (local out of LaGrande) at Crooks. It was in the siding at Haines (mp332) exchanging crews.

Union Pacific train symbol NPSE2 Huntington, OR
Union Pacific train symbol NPSE2 Huntington, OR

If you would like a video of this beautiful line check out "Union Pacific Trains in Eastern Oregon" in the video section.