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Earlier that spring, I had camped


atop Tunnel 6 at Cruzatte, a lonely sid- ing 80 miles north of Calimus and ten miles down from Cascade Summit. From the rocks above Tunnel 6, you can see the tracks in both directions and the course of Salt Creek 2000 feet be- low, opening towards the promise of the Willamette Valley. Another brilliant sunset had burned out bright that evening, albeit without any approach- ing trains. I had watched the last bit of color drain from the western sky and savored the full darkness of the star- splattered night enveloping the high country.


Even better than the view at Cruzatte


is the symphony of sound that plays out with each passing of an uphill train— amplified in both volume and meaning by the power of the night. Sometime later, from way down the valley rose the first faint murmur of the next southbound. The deep bass notes of the heavy freight grew slowly and steadily, the baritone chords of whistle blasts for the Heather grade crossing piercing all


RIGHT: One can easily lose sight of Portland’s history in the bustle of the day, but the coming of evening concentrates activity to a few parts of the city. Departing nearly an hour late, the eastbound Portland section of Amtrak’s Empire Builder casts it headlight through the fog-filled cut just north of BNSF’s Willamette River drawbridge on December 17, 2009.


BELOW: Detouring due to floods in North Dakota, BNSF southbound mixed freight train HPASGAL (Pasco, Wash., to Galesburg, Ill.), crosses the tall Willow Creek trestle in Madras, Ore., at dusk on June 28, 2011.


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