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Or the more modern and sprawling industry like the paired concrete plants nestled in the passes around Durkee, Oregon. (August 3, 2014, Durkee, OR)

Although, like most rail enthusiasts, the moving parts tend to garner a lot more attention. (

UP 7406 – UP 7877 on double-stack duty near Durkee. (both AC45CCTE units, August 3, 2014, Durkee, OR)

Even more attention if it involves tunnels. (UP 8000 (AC45CCTE) – UP 6383 (AC44CW in Southern Pacific livery) – UP 5454 (AC45CCTE), August 3, 2014, near Rye Valley, OR)

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Hugh Baird is the engineer responsible for the Union’s trio of great aqueducts, this one marginally bigger than the Almond Aqueduct. Just before the aqueduct a flight of 86 steps descends to reach a sturdy footwalk passing under the aqueduct and railway viaduct – part of the Water of Leith Walkway. Left lies the fascinating Water of Leith Centre with information and interpretive displays, coffee bar, and the first public toilet since leaving Edinburgh Quay. The Water of Leith rises in the Pentlands and can be followed afoot (or cycled) right through the city to the sea. A stump of milestone and staging marks the west end of the aqueduct, and the towpath runs parallel with the A70 Lanark road to an iron girder of a bridge with the far abutment strapped up. There’s a signpost and a sculpted indicator for the National Cycle Network (75) and a sign for the Millennium Acres Community Woodland, then the first of several tree sculptures: of two men, one with a spade, the other holding a rock, carved from a tree in situ. Railings mark a low, arched, abandoned underpass, then the railway angles across the travel destination. Bridge 5 is in standard MM style, then playing fields are passed (Hailes Quarry Park). The park was once a quarry 100ft (30m) deep. Much of the stone went to London.

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