I originally posted this on my old website on March 26, 2009.
The Tualatin Station is located at 18955 SW Boones Ferry Road.
It has the most sizable and visually-imposing platform on the WES line.
Nearly the entire platform is covered by a peaked roof.
The roof is topped by a 4-sided clock tower with clocks by Electric Time.
The Tualatin Station features a 154-space Park & Ride lot, 6 bike lockers and 24 covered bike rack spaces.
The station connects with TriMet's #76 bus line.
The WES trains and the freight trains have to share the same track here.
Because of this, a gauntlet track is used.
This lets the WES trains get closer to the platform while still giving freight trains the clearance they need.
Just north of the Tualatin Station the WES line passes Tualatin Community Park and passes underneath another rail line. The rail line that crosses over the WES line was originally built in 1886 as the narrow-gauge Portland & Willamette Valley Railway Company between downtown Portland and Dundee, through Lake Oswego and Newberg. Within a few years it was taken over by the Southern Pacific Railroad and standard-gauged, and between 1914 and 1929 the line was used by Southern Pacific's "Red Electric" interurbans, a competitor of the Oregon Electric Railway that originally operated the line WES now runs on, carrying passengers between Portland and Corvallis.
These lines remained competitors into the 1990s, with the Oregon Electric having become part of Burlington Northern Santa Fe while the Southern Pacific became part of Union Pacific. Today, both are operated by the Portland & Western Railroad.
At the north end of Tualatin Community Park, the WES line crosses the Tualatin River on this truss bridge. This truss span may date from the original construction of this line as the Oregon Electric Railway in 1906. The long north approach of this bridge was rebuilt to accommodate WES trains, but the main span and short south approach remain.
The following video shows a WES train crossing this bridge during a demonstration trip on January 21, 2009.
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