www.stulev.com

USA 5 - PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Since developing an interest in US railroads in the mid-1990s it quickly became apparent to me that the states of Washington,
Idaho, Oregon and Montana offered amongst the most spactacular locations for watching railways anywhere in the world,
but it was not until 2008 that I decided to venture to the 'Pacific Northwest' as the area is collectively known. A little
research revealed to me that there was far more to the landscape than initially meets the eye and also that a railfan/
sightseeing trip to the area would be a challenge.

Arriving in Seattle on 17th May, my route then followed the BNSF crossing of the Cascades to Wenatchee then taking-in
Trinidad Loop, Spokane and Sandpoint before entering Montana. Three days in the Glacier National Park were then followed
by a southerly transfer to Helena and a two-day inspection of the awesome Mullan Pass before venturing back to Sandpoint.
I then followed the path of the great Glacial Lake Missoula Floods before reaching Pasco and following the Columbia River
down to the Pacific Coast at Vancouver/Portland, finally returning to Seattle via Tacoma.

To be honest, I made the trip at the wrong time of the year - in hindsight I should have gone in August - as some of the
mountain passes were still snowbound and shrouded by cloud in any case. Notwithstanding that, I was still able to garner
some good photos in pleasant weather.

Photo 0831 Photo 0832 Photo 0833 Photo 0835 Photo 0836 Photo 0837 Photo 0838 Photo 0839 Photo 0840 Photo 0843 Photo 0842 Photo 0841 Photo 0844 Photo 0845 Photo 0846 Photo 0847 Photo 0848 Photo 0849 Photo 0851 Photo 0852 Photo 0853 Photo 0854 Photo 0855 Photo 0857 Photo 0858 Photo 0860 Photo 0827 Photo 0861 Photo 0863 Photo 0862 Photo 0864 Photo 0865 Photo 0867 Photo 0868 Photo 0829 Photo 0869 Photo 0870

Copyright: Stu Levene, 2009.