The Pacific Northwest Tour,2003
Idaho Northern - Cascade Branch
The Cascade Branch was the OfficialDay One of the Tour. Set on was at Emmett, Idaho on Monday June 16,with the majority of people taking the opportunity to set on andsocialise.
It was also the chance to buy a Meet Shirt (hencethe lime green background to this and all other pages on this site)from the effervescent Jan Dominguez. It was also a chance to sayG'day to Chuck Lee, who had joined us on one of the ASSCO runs toLeigh Creek, in South Australias Mid North.
After signing a heap of paperwork, releasing MOWand the various railroads from liability, all the cars were inspectedand set on, ready for departure the following morning, Tuesday June17.
This line was a logging railroad, and the trip toCascade would take us up to the site of a mill,that had been recentlyshut down. This railway is now looking to expand its business throughthe promotion of Tourism. The railroad now runs a train for the WhiteWater Rafting market, TheThunder Mountain Line. For almost all ofthis line, the railway follows the Payette River.
Orignally, this territory formed part of the UnionPacific Empire, but was sold off in the 1980s when the larger ClassOne roads decided to concentrate on the long haul market. This is thelightest trip for pics.
I rode with Chuck Lee for part of this line, aswell as with Carl Vanderspek.
Climbing up from Emmett, the railway follows an irrigation canal.Then, to the left of this photo, the railway sits just above highwater on a dam.
Horseshoe Bend- home of the INP's passenger train, and untilrecently the home of a large mill.To the right of the photo is ahardware manufacturing business.
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