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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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All day
 
7:30am
 
7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
G364
General Tour

Step back in time and experience a bit of yesteryear. We will travel by motor coach to Garabaldi and board the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. Enjoy the beautiful Oregon Coast line by riding the rail behind a historic Steam Locomotive. This scenic trip chugs along Tillamook Bay and gives passengers views of the ocean. Great for all ages, this trip will give you a glimpse into history and a unique view of the Oregon Coast and the Nehalem River Canyon. A shop tour is available, where the unique Little River 2-4-4-2 is being restored.

 
 
7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Layout Tour
 
 
7:45 AM to 12:00 PM
Layout Tour
 
 
7:45 AM to 6:00 PM
P301
Prototype Tour

See the UP on the South shore (Oregon side) and the BNSF on the North shore (Washington side) of the majestic Columbia River Gorge. Catch fast freight and passenger service moving both east and west. Especially picturesque are the natural basalt tunnels and steep terrain that typify the BNSF mainline. See remnants of the last operating lumber flume in North America, shut down in the 1980’s. See the transition from the lush green west Cascade foothills around Portland to the high desert of eastern Oregon and Washington.

 
8:00am
 
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Layout Tour
 
 
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
G368
General Tour

This tour will include a visit to the operator's tower of the Morrison Bridge (to meet the operator) and, bridge willing, include an opening while people are standing either in the operator's tower or down below in the Morrison's west end bascule pit (gears 36 feet tall and 940 ton counterweight moving). You will also walk across the bottom deck of the Steel Bridge, look through Union Station with the station agent, visit ODOT Region 1's bridge museum, and travel to Vancouver to see an opening of BNSF Bridge 9.6 on the Columbia.

 
 
8:15 AM to 12:00 PM
P306
Prototype Tour

Visit this major BNSF junction and division point, with trackage going in all four directions. In the days of the SP&S, this was their main yard. Vancouver station, built in the 1910s, is on the National Registry of Historic Places and still serves 12 Amtrak trains daily, including the N-S Starlight and the E-W Empire Builder. The Columbia River Bridge is one of the longest swing bridges in the US. The yard services the Port of Vancouver, and is a major hub for the Portland area.

 
 
8:15 AM to 12:00 PM
P308
Prototype Tour

This tour provides a rare look at one of America's premier rail car builders. Gunderson builds anything that railroads or leasing companies order, but they are most famous for their double-stack container cars, center-beam lumber flats, S-Pack low profile TOFC cars, as well as box cars. This is a walking tour through the heart of an industrial plant, so sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and the physical capability for a one-mile walk with stairways is a necessity.

 
8:30am
 
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
P305
Prototype Tour

Visit the TriMet agency’s original maintenance shops where their light vehicles are serviced and repaired. Every fleet needs a home port, and for TriMet's light-rail trains, the Ruby Junction Maintenance Facility in Gresham is the main place to tie up for a little R&R.

The 17-acre campus of buildings, and a rail yard off of East Burnside, is the regional transit agency's oldest and largest maintenance yard, operating since the mid-1980s. But as the rail system continues to grow, so does Ruby. Attendance is very limited for this tour.

 
9:00am
 
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
P307
Prototype Tour

This is a chance to see a lumber mill from the past. The mill, which was on tour at both 1987 Eugene and 1994 Portland Nationals, is over 50 years old and still retains a steam boiler and a steam engine that powered some of its saws until very recently. The mill specializes in cutting heavy structural timbers and still uses straddle trucks to transport lumber. Here's a chance to see a historic sawmill that continues to successfully compete in the 21st Century. This tour will involve narrow pathways, steep stairways and tight turns. It will also require walking up to 1/2 mile or so.

 
11:00am
 
11:15 AM to 2:30 PM
P318
Prototype Tour

This tour provides a rare look at one of America's premier rail car builders. Gunderson builds anything that railroads or leasing companies order, but they are most famous for their double-stack container cars, center-beam lumber flats, S-Pack low profile TOFC cars, as well as box cars. This is a walking tour through the heart of an industrial plant, so sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and the physical capability for a one-mile walk with stairways is a necessity.

 
11:30am
 
11:30 AM to 6:30 PM
P317
Prototype Tour

This is a chance to see a lumber mill from the past. The mill, which was on tour at both 1987 Eugene and 1994 Portland Nationals, is over 50 years old and still retains a steam boiler and a steam engine that powered some of its saws until very recently. The mill specializes in cutting heavy structural timbers and still uses straddle trucks to transport lumber. Here's a chance to see a historic sawmill that continues to successfully compete in the 21st Century. This tour will involve narrow pathways, steep stairways and tight turns. It will also require walking up to 1/2 mile or so.

 
12:30pm
 
12:40 PM to 5:00 PM
Layout Tour
 
1:00pm
 
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
P314
Prototype Tour

Visit this major BNSF junction and division point, with trackage going in all four directions. In the days of the SP&S, this was their main yard. Vancouver station, built in the 1910s, is on the National Registry of Historic Places and still serves 12 Amtrak trains daily, including the N-S Starlight and the E-W Empire Builder. The Columbia River Bridge is one of the longest swing bridges in the US. The yard services the Port of Vancouver, and is a major hub for the Portland area.

 
 
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Layout Tour
 
 
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
G363
General Tour

While this tour has been cancelled as a convention activity, there will be instructions and maps available for anyone wanting to explore the area on their own.

 
 
1:20 PM to 6:00 PM
Layout Tour