Friday August 7, 1987
on the Union Pacific

Seattle, WA to Portland, OR

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From Seattle (mp180), the line immediately crosses the BNSF at Argo and parallels the BNSF main to Black River Jct., where the line crosses the BNSF again. UP once joined the Milwaukee Road here for the run down the west side of the valley to Tacoma. The line joins the BNSF at Reservation (mp146), just east of downtown Tacoma. South of Longview, the tracks run next to the Columbia River to Vancouver and then cross the river on a swing bridge. At North Portland Jct. (mp7), we regain UP rails for the short run across Peninsula Jct. (mp6) and into Albina Yard (mp2).

Union Pacific train symbol SENP2 Argo Yard
Union Pacific train symbol SENP2 Argo Yard

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SENP2 was being put together in Seattle. It was called for 100PM and would have 11 loads and 22 empties at 1,741 tons. It would leave with engines 3717 and 2504.

Union Pacific train symbol SENP2 at Reservation
Union Pacific train symbol SENP2 at Reservation

XHKSE left Portland at 435AM with 93 loads and 34 empties, 12,237 tons. It picked up and set out at Longview and Centralia and was plodding through Tacoma. It had engines 3372 and 3601 and was preparing to pick up and set out more cars at Fife (two miles east of Tacoma).

SENP1 departed Seattle at 415AM with 10 loads and 12 empties, 1,353 tons. It picked up 15 loads and two empties at Tacoma. It had just picked up 31 loads and five empties and was departing Longview with engines 3283 and SP9331 pulling 56 loads and 19 empties at 6,742 tons.

Union Pacific local at North Portland Jct
Union Pacific local at North Portland Jct

XLOC50 left Albina Yard at 900AM with 51 loads, 6,553 tons, engines 2506, 2957, and 2411 and was pulling into the clear at Kalama. It would set out the loads, pick up a bunch of empties and return to Portland.