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I found some photos I took around Pomeroy, WA at a car rally (so excuse the occasional car ;) ). They aren't directly railway related, although Pomeroy did at one time have a rail connection, but they give an idea for the type of scenery in the SE Washington, W Idaho, NE Oregon area. The date was early Maylast weekend in September, 2007, so the wheat fields have just been seeded (for the winter wheat?) and everything outside the valleys is quite brown.


Note the bundled hay



The next few are at a cattle ranch. Note that the buildings and towns in the area are almost all in the valleys.





Out of the valleys it is pretty flat - this is a seeded field



Dropping down into a valley



In the valley, just east of Pomeroy



Back up on top, this area is a bit more rolling



More flatness






In a small valley with another farm





Back up top again




Another farm area



And another



From the road between Pomeroy and Spokane, the path of the old Milwaukee Road Pacific Extension cuts its way across the landscape




Edit for date.

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Now a couple from the Columia River in the vicinity of Hood River OR




Note the train:



On the north side, the rails are hidden behind the Armco barrier



Bridge of the Gods, from the south end - note the centerbeam flats on the other side




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Certainly recognise all the Columbia river locations. Just wish we have had a clear sky like the Mount Hood shot you took - despite being sunny its always been a bit hazy over that distance.


Like the centre beams under the bridge.



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Was it a Classic rally? Some classic cars in it whatever!


Nice photos even if they're not my area.


No, it was a Rally America regional event - cars (that don't have unfortunate encounters with the local flora) tend to have longish lives, especially in areas where it they don't use salt on the roads.


Here are a few of the older cars:

BMW 2002tii



Mazda RX-7



Dodge Omni




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Do you happen to remember where this grain elevator was?





Jason Cook


It is almost certainly on the east side of US195, somewhere between WA 26 and WA 271. I'll see if I can narrow it down more.


EDIT: Here, I think https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=47.058436,-117.380397&spn=0.005935,0.009602&t=h&z=17


Edit 2: It looks like it was probably originally rail-served - there was certainly a line that came down from the north along the alignment of Klaveano Road, you can see the trackbed where Klaveano road and US195 come back together.



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Thank you!  That elevator is even cooler than I first thought.  Looks like a new project.





You are welcome. That's the reason that I posted these - while they aren't railway pics they are scenes from an area of the country that most people (even those who live over here) don't normally go.



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I'm pretty sure the 'small valley with another farm' is here: https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=46.518839,-117.652953&spn=0.005995,0.009602&t=h&z=17


The straight dirt road is (both pictures) Bowman Rd here: https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=46.512644,-117.316947&spn=0.011991,0.019205&t=h&z=16


The cattle ranch is here: https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=46.51202,-117.384453&spn=0.002998,0.004801&t=h&z=18


That's the best I can do from memory.


BTW. If you have seen the animated movie Cars, Pomeroy is something like Radiator Springs, including the rusting farm machinery at the edge of town.



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It's amazing how dry and arid the countryside gets the further a East you go in Oregon and Washington States once beyond about Good River along the Columbia a Gorge.


It was a revelation to me, as I flew into Spokane and drove to Pomeroy from there - the Spokane area is more what you think of when you picture Washington State - lots of tree cover etc., but it rapidly gets drier as you drive south onto the high plateau (~2000' ASL) of the south east of the state.


Pomeroy was apparently one of the biggest grain shipment points on the UP in 1946, and the rails were only lifted in the '80s. The old UP depot is still in use and there is still a large grain elevator complex on the east side of town.




Columbia St is the railroad alignment. The depot is at Columbia and 8th and the grain complex is on the highway near the east end of town.

Potted history of Pomeroy: http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?displaypage=output.cfm&file_id=9578



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Dear RMwebbers, Logging fans,


Best reason I can think of for heading to Polmeroy,



(although Rally-driving Subies comes a close 2nd... ;-) )


Happy Modelling,

Aim to Improve,

Prof Klyzlr


That would appear to be in Yacolt, WA, which is in the south west of the state - one of the bits with trees.



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