Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Morning Meet in Oregon City

Amtrak train no. 500 meeting the OC Switcher in Oregon City.

Last night was another long one for the OC Switcher, which was just finishing its work at the Blue Heron mill when I got up this morning. It returned to the junction with the main line where it waited for one train to pass in each direction: first, Portland & Western run-through train no. 663, and then Amtrak Cascades no. 500. Once both of those were by, the switcher left its three boxcars on the siding, pulled onto the main, and ran light (without any cars) back to its base in Clackamas. The lowly local freights have a long tradition of waiting for higher priority trains, and this morning was no exception.

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