Portland Union Station

Portland Union Station

Postby John B » Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:02 pm

Relatively compact and bijou as major US City stations go, Portland (Oregon) is a gem. This would have been quite the place for variety prior to the mega-merger era (pre 70s) as back in the day it was served by at least 5 railroads: Great Northern, Northern Pacific, Spokane, Portland and Seattle, Southern Pacific, Union Pacific.

Thankfully, like San Diego, it's survived relatively unscathed. Parts are in use as a restaurant, the rest still sees traffic from Amtrak and the local light rail system. It's crammed into a fairly compact site, between the Willamette River estuary and the City itself, and the clock tower can be seen for miles around.

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Clock Tower

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Overall view from street

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The concourse

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The interior concourse is finished all over in marble - rather like a miniature of Grand Central in New York

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Looking down from the footbridge - Amtrak F59 in one of the platform roads. The Willamette River is just off to the right, where the bridges cross..

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Platform side view of main buildings

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2nd radius curves, a signal tower, and background warehouses straight from the Walthers catalogue

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Ancilliary building with ornately-bricked chimney..
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