Historic Hood River
Train Meets Pipeline
We have a series of Alva Day photos from September 1, 1949 showing the aftermath of a railcar landing on the penstock flume of the Powerdale hydroelectric plant. It’s hard to tell what caused the train to derail, but it sure created a mess. The pipeline damage was considerable, and other images suggest the water released undercut the railroad tracks too. I can’t quite picture where this incident happened, but the railroad and the pipeline are only on the same side of the river for the lower mile or so above the power station.
Here’s another view of the incident.