Columbia River Trainwatching

featuring Nestor Torres' "Hero"

Near the city of Stevenson, Washington (population 1,465), train enthusiasts can catch magnificent views of freight moving along the edges of the scenic Columbia River Gorge.

The first railroad in this area might not have appealed to even the most devoted trainwatcher: it was nothing more than a track for a wagon, pulled my a mule, to portage cargo around some of the river’s rapids. Today, the Columbia River Gorge is a major commercial rail route through the Cascade Mountains, where a passing train is often the perfect complement to a dramatic natural landscape.

Nestor Torres is a versatile flutist who crosses the genres of jazz, pop, classical, and Latin music. He has toured with mostly Latin artists since 1981 and recorded thirteen CDs to date. Torres also plays at jazz festivals and with symphonies worldwide, and is frequently honored at the Latin Grammys.


A History of Central Oregon’s Industrial Period
The Columbia River: Railroads and Trains
City of Stevenson, Washington
Nestor Torres Official Site

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Saint Paul Trainwatching

featuring Joyce Cooling's "Another Time"

Railroads are a significant part of the history and culture of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Nicknamed “The Last City in the East,” Saint Paul was a hub on the “Milwaukee Road,” the railroad network that stretched from the Great Lakes to northwest Washington. It was also the headquarters of the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railways.

Today, Saint Paul is still a hub for rail traffic and provides plenty of venues for trainwatching. The Twin City Model Railroad Museum even lets visitors watch trains from the comfort of the indoors– albeit on a smaller scale.

This eScapes video takes you to the St. Paul neighborhood of Dayton’s Bluff, which offers a great view of four busy rail tracks along the Mississippi River.

Joyce Cooling is a contemporary jazz guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. She has to her credit two #1 radio singles, six top ten and thirteen charting singles in all, and has garnered multiple music awards including the Gibson Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year. Cooling notably prefers to play her guitar fingerstyle.


City of St. Paul, Minnesota
Explore Minnesota: Official Visitors Site
The Star Tribune (local newspaper)
Joyce Cooling Official Site

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