Thursday, October 29, 2009

Riding the Mt. Hood Railroad–Part 4, returning to Hood River

Soon, our train was making its way back down the from Parkdale, Oregon and on back to our starting point in Hood River.

On our return trip, I got a better view of the forgotten logging town of Dee.

Looks like its not completely abandoned, those are honey bee hives that are used amongst the fruit orchards during the pollenating months. 

Old sidings can still be seen branching off from the main spur line, some are still usable, others are like this one next to this old barn, where the road is too close to them now and there’s a stop sign sticking up in between the ties. 


Coming back down the hill to the Y switch that was used on the railroad to make the tracks fit in the narrow valley without having to try and curve the tracks around to zig zag up the hill. 

Another piece of history that wasn’t visible to me on the ride up. 

The large pipe is a remnant of the hydroelectric power plant that used to supply the entire city of Hood River with its power for a great many years.   It was shutdown a year or two ago because of a stink raised by environmental groups, trying to force this change or that change on the plant.  In the end, the little power plant couldn’t afford to make the changes and shutdown the plant. 

Crossing over the Hood River, we’re just outside of town now….

Remember that lumber mill from the ride up?  We stopped on the way back and picked up several more cars to bring back down with us that will later be picked up by the Union Pacific railroad to continue their journey to their customers. 

Back in Hood River at last, a quick tour round the station and then Dawn and I say our farewells to the little town and its neat little railroad and start to make our way back home. 

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