Tennyson
Living here in Oregon there is a lot to see in the railroad scene. Once the territory of the Sothern Pacific, Burlington Northern, Great Northern and Northern Pacific there are many reminders of the railroading past here still in active service to this day. 

Now days the main player is the Union Pacific which bought up the Southern Pacific lines. There are a number of Class 2 railroads the fill in the gaps as it were formed of the old Southern Pacific Branchlines and the Oregon Electric Railway system. Today they are operated by the Central Oregon & Pacific (CORP), Portland & Western (PNWR), Coos Bay Rail Link (CBRL), and the Albany & Eastern (AERX). The CORP and PNWR are both under the Gennesse & Wyoming umbrella. The main commodity for all the lines here is lumber. There is also stone, steel, scrap, woodchips, paper to name a few. 

As with most Class 2 Roads the power tends to be hand-me-downs and second-hand power from the Class 1s. It is mostly 1st and 2nd generation power with the odd newer item. Here I will share my finding and adventures from here in timber country. You can also look at my youtube channel where I post all my films. 
The best layouts are never finished.

American Modelling
https://www.dccconceptsforum.com/post/american-ho-workbench-modern-9844934?pid=1305446559
British Modelling
https://www.dccconceptsforum.com/post/west-coast-mainline-workbench-modern-9846756?pid=1305446444
Youtube Channel - Sidetracked
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3G510Eh35CTWGzzYDU_eiw?view_as=subscriber
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Tennyson
PNWR 3006 Tied down just east of Portland with what are possibly loads from the Astoria Branch in the far northwest of Oregon.
3006 Is a GP40 that has had a few owners in its time before coming to be with the PNWR. 
Starting life on the Rock Island as #375. It then ended up working for GO Transit as #721 before being bought back by EMD to be used as a leasing unit #205. Going to another locomotive leasing company the locomotive ended up finally as #3006 on the PNWR. 
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Tennyson
PNWR 2311, a GP36-2, seen parked on a spur in Lintton where the P&W run trains from Portland South to Albany or West to Astoria.
This unit, like many on the PNWR, is not in the corporate colors of it's current owner but rather that of it's past one. 
Built in 1974 for the Atchinson, Topeka, & Santa Fe it was sold to the Wallamette & Pacific (sister company to the PNWR) in 1993 which then became part of the PNWR when it absorbed the W&P into it in 2000.
If you look along the side every owner has made their mark.
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Andywp
Love the dash 8 in that livery. Nicely done. Do they just operate with P42s as tandem units on The Coast Starlight, as I have not seen them elsewhere?
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AHJAY
That GP36 #2311 is a great project loco Rand - paint, weathering and branding are all a challenge.
Come on.... lets see it :-) :-)

regards, Ahjay
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Tennyson
[QUOTE username=AHJAY userid=5898566 postid=1310902910]That GP36 #2311 is a great project loco Rand - paint, weathering and branding are all a challenge.
Come on.... lets see it :-) :-)

Indeed depending on what I finally decide to model this will be one worth doing. 
There are several locomotives in their fleet that have this mis-mash to them. First though I will most likely do one of their GP9s of Southern Pacific heritage.
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Tennyson
Andywp wrote:
Love the dash 8 in that livery. Nicely done. Do they just operate with P42s as tandem units on The Coast Starlight, as I have not seen them elsewhere?


Now days they mainly work only in the various Amtrak yards as switchers. 
Every so often the Los Angeles based units will be seen on either the Coastal Starlight or the Pacific Surfliner runs. 
Two have been sold to the California State transportation (501/502) which is run as Amtrak California. These have a different livery.
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AHJAY
Hard to believe that the first generation road switchers are still running... Love the GP7/9 etc. They must be like grandpa's axe these days - everything replaced more than once but still the same loco on the surface.

Ahjay
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Tennyson
[QUOTE username=AHJAY userid=5898566 postid=1310909202]Hard to believe that the first generation road switchers are still running... Love the GP7/9 etc. They must be like grandpa's axe these days - everything replaced more than once but still the same loco on the surface.

You would be surprised.
There serveral GP7/9 and SD7/9 still in service in Oregon across several short lines. By the sounds of it they all have original engines and parts in them. I will try and get a photo of the Ex SP unit on the Albany and Eastern which they have painted in original SP "Black Widow" livery and post it up.
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Tennyson
PNWR 2305, a GP39-2, seen currently switching in Halsey, OR as part of the American Turn. 
This is a service that is based out of Eugene switching industries in Junction City, Harrisburg, and the Paper Mill in Halsey.
This unit is one of the several that is carries a name. The names are of the main towns and cities that are served by the railroad (much like the LMS Duchesses) and in this case #2306 carries the name "Dallas" after the town just west of Salem. 
Built in 1974 for the Atchinson, Topeka, & Santa Fe as #3605 it was sold to the Wallamette & Pacific (sister company to the PNWR) in 1993 becoming #2306 and then became part of the PNWR when it absorbed the W&P into it in 2000.

Also notice the "Zero Injuries" Decal just behind the engineer's seat. You will recognize this from the Freightliner Locomotives.
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Bunkerbarge
My own interest has always been steam orientated however you cannot help but be awed by the sheer power of such locomotives and the engineering that goes into them.  Not only that but they are designed to run continuously for many hundreds of miles, reliably and with continued efficiency.  Hence why a lot of locomotive diesel engines share a lot of technology with marine diesels.  i.e. Deltics.

I take it that is the fuel tank slung underneath, that should keep it going for a while!
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