Vancouver/Columbia River Area, WA Print E-mail

Announcement: The Vancouver/Columbia River Area radio closed down on 12/31/2018. We currently are evaluating a new stream with different coverage centered more around the Portland Vancouver area. Stay tuned!




The Vancouver, WA Railroad Radio covers the BNSF and UP operations around the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. This includes from Kalama, WA in the north to Coalca, OR in the south and from Vancouver, WA in the west to Stevenson, WA and Cascade Locks, OR in the east. The stream also covers Portland & Western and Oregon Pacific operations in and around the Portland, OR area.

 Amtrak 500 In The Fog

Amtrak Cascades train 500 of January 27, 2008 departs Vancouver shrouded in heavy fog. 


 Covered Subdivisions





 Fallbridge Sub (map) Portland to Washougal Vancouver
 Fallbridge Sub (map) Washougal to Stevenson Pasco
 Seattle Sub (map) Vancouver to Felida Vancouver
 Seattle Sub (map) Felida to Longview Jct. South Centralia



 Union Pacific




 Brooklyn Sub (map) East Portland to Coalca Portland
 Terminal (DS01)
 Brooklyn Sub (map) Coalca to Eugene Valley
 Dispatcher (DS68)
 Portland Sub (map) Cascade Locks to Portland
 via Graham and Kenton Lines
 Terminal (DS01)
 Seattle Sub (map) North Portland Jct. to Peninsula Jct. Portland
 Terminal (DS01)



  • P&W Astoria District (map), Salem Dispatch - Willbridge to United Jct. (160.875)
  • P&W OE District (map), Salem Dispatch - Wilsonville to Tigard (160.425)
  • P&W OE District (map), Salem Dispatch - Eugene to Wilsonville (160.770)
  • P&W Seghers District (map), Salem Dispatch - Hillsboro to Stimson (160.215)
  • P&W Tillamook District (map), Salem Dispatch - Banks to CP Farmington (160.425)
  • P&W Toledo District (map), Salem Dispatch - Albany to Toledo (160.845)
  • P&W United Railways District (map), Albany Dispatch - United Jct. to Banks (160.875)
  • P&W West Side District (map), Salem Dispatch - Corvallis Jct. to Cook (160.215)
  • P&W Wilamina District (map), Salem Dispatch - Whiteson to Willamina (160.215)
  • P&W Willsburg District (map), Salem Dispatch - CP Bonita to Willsburg Jct. (160.425
  • Oregon Pacific East Portland Division - East Portland to Milwaukie(161.190)
  • Oregon Pacific Mollala Division - Canby to Liberal (160.575)

Defect Detectors Heard

BNSF Fallbridge Sub - MP 19.8, MP 25.2, MP 37.6 (as of July 2015 these detectors are talk on defect only)
UP Portland Sub - MP 23.0
UP Portland Sub - MP 38.0
P&W Astoria District - MP 21.6
P&W OE District - 30.7
P&W OE District - 46.9
P&W Tillamook District - 755.9


The BNSF Vancouver Terminal is made up of 4 main yards.  Vancouver Yard located between Fruit Valley and Vancouver on the Seattle Sub.  Terminal 6 (T6) is located on a lead from North Portland Jct on the Fallbridge Sub.  This yard is shared with the UP.  Willbridge Yard is located at Willbridge on the Fallbridge Sub.  Lake Yard is located at Lake Yard on the Fallbridge Sub. Lake Yard is operated by BNSF and UP's joint subsidiary Portland Terminal.

UP also has 4 main yards in the Portland area. Barnes Yard is located on the Portland Sub Kenton line west of Peninsula Jct.  Albina Yard is located on the Seattle Sub at Albina.  Brooklyn Yard is located on the Brooklyn Sub at Brooklyn.  Lake Yard is located at Lake Yard on the Fallbridge Sub. Lake Yard is operated by BNSF and UP's joint subsidiary Portland Terminal.

Albina Run Through Yardmaster

The UP Albina Run Through Yardmaster works in conjunction with the Portland Terminal dispatcher and local yardmasters to coordinate train and yard movements in the Portland Terminal.   Generally the dispatcher will not line up movements or allow track and time without coordinating with the run through first.

Other Operations

The BNSF has three drawbridges on the Fallbridge sub from MP 5.1 to MP 9.6. All trains must contact the Willamette River and Columbia River drawbridges on the east and west approaches. The Columbia Slough drawbridge is not always manned and is rarely opened. Many times though dispatcher decisions are made based on openings made by the drawbridge operators.

The UP has a drawbridge on the Portland Sub (Graham Line) between East Portland and Portland. All trains must contact the Steel Bridge operator to confirm the bridge is down and locked.

On weekends in December the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation operates its Holiday Express trains on the Oregon Pacific East Portland Division.  Expect to hear the SP&S 700 and the SP 4449 referenced during these times. 


Amtrak has three train services that serve Portland and Vancouver. These trains are Cascades, Empire Builder, and Coast Starlight.

See Amtrak for schedule information.

Stream Information 

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Vancouver/Columbia River Area