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We've reached the City of Port Columbia and Willow Grove yard.
We have now reached the mighty Columbia River and the bustling city of Port Columbia. Lewis and Clark ate lunch here and not many people know this was once the capitol of the Territory of Washington until it was moved (cowardly in the middle of the night!) northward. It remains a busy commercial center with manufacturing, warehousing, retailing and a variety of cultural offerings such as the famous Smelt Carving Festival in May or the Banana Slug Round Up in late September.
The east tower controls train movements into and out of Willow Grove.
The City of Port Columbia rises up behind Willow Grove roundhouse.
The principal western terminus of the PC&E, Willow Grove yard serves Port Columbia commerce, through traffic and the roundhouse engine facilities provides light service for PC&E locomotives here. The mainline vanishes down the river gorge to Holden and connections with the SP&S, UP and SP Railroads. A secret passage, "The Gorge", also reconnects with Orchard from this point.
Farley's "Floorless" factory.
East view of Willow Grove.
The west end of Willow Grove.