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For this series we will follow Union Pacific trackage form Portland, OR east to Huntington. The Oregon Railway & Navigation Company completed the first portion of this line between Portland and Wallula, WA in October 1882. The line was extended east from Umatilla, reaching LaGrande in June 1884 and joined the Oregon Short Line at Huntington in November 1884. In 1911 the railroad installed automatic block signals Tekoa to Spokane, WA (50 miles) and Deshutes, OR to Blalock (30 miles). That same year it ordered telephone dispatching equipment for Portland to The Dalles (90 miles). In 1916 it installed automatic block signals Hinkle to Boardman, OR on the Coyote Cutoff (20 miles) constructed in 1915. During 1942 the UP did extensive work replacing semaphore signals with US&S color light signals and Portland to The Dalles got 162 signals on four miles of double track and 80 miles of single track.
UP installed US&S CTC between La Grande and Huntington 100 miles in 1947. The machine had 87 levers controlling 38 switches. In 1951, UP ordered US&S CTC for Reith to Hinkle, WA 28 miles. This territory was finished in 1952 and added to the machine at La Grande. In 1952, it was replacing semaphore signals and lengthening sidings between Hinkle and The Dalles. Scheduled completion in late 1953. The dispatchers office was in LaGrande from the early 1940s until 1966 when dispatchers were moved to Portland.
All pictures in this series are on disks 10, 14, 15, and 16. You can purchase a disk and printout any of the pictures for your own use to dress up your train room or add color to a house that just cries out for more train pictures.
Mount Hood Railroad