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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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All day
 
7:30am
 
7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Layout Tour
 
 
7:45 AM to 6:00 PM
P401
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.

 
 
7:45 AM to 12:00 PM
Layout Tour
 
8:00am
 
8:15 AM to 12:00 PM
P408
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 12:30 PM
G465
General Tour

Fabric Depot is one of the largest, most complete, locally and independently-owned fabric stores in the country. They stock a vast array of brand name, first quality fabrics, notions and crafts in an enormous, well-maintained store. You'll be inspired by 20,000 fabrics in various departments: Quilting, Bridal, Home Decor, and Fashion. Fabric Depot also carries a great selection of quilting supplies, sewing notions, books, patterns, yarns, gifts and even specialty foods!

 
 
8:45 AM to 5:15 PM
P409
Prototype Tour

Enjoy an excursion on this tourist and freight shortline railroad that used to be a branch of the UP. The trip goes from Hood River to Parkdale, Oregon in the shadow of 11,238 foot Mt. Hood. The line includes an operating 3 mile switchback. Switchbacks used to be common, but this is now only one of five remaining railroad switchbacks in use in the United States. Travel behind chopped nose GP9s on a 4 hour round-trip ride (22 miles each way). (Lunch included)

 
11:00am
 
11:15 AM to 2:30 PM
P418
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.

 
12:30pm
 
12:45 PM to 5:30 PM
P410
Prototype Tour

SP Fiber Technologies is a manufacturer of newsprint and packaging papers and is served by the Portland & Western Railroad on former SP track. They convert used paper into these products using mechanical refiners rather than chemicals. During the tour you will walk through the mill, viewing the warehouse full of bales of recycled paper, the separation of paper from plastic and other unwanted materials, and the high horsepower refiners that reduce the paper back to individual cellulose fibers before being run through a paper making machine, and made into paper again for reuse.

 
1:00pm
 
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Layout Tour
 
 
1:10 PM to 5:00 PM
Layout Tour
 
6:00pm
 
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
G475
General Tour

The Portland Spirit is a 150' yacht with three public decks, two of which are enclosed and climate controlled. We will be enjoying this 2 1/2 hour cruise with views along the Willamette River and a fantastic dinner on the Columbia Deck, a vibrant setting enhanced by dazzling city sights and city lights. An evening filled to the brim with festive cuisine, locally sourced and prepared fresh on board.