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Location / Name:
Hillsboro to Beaverton OR,
Multnomah County

What's Here:
TriMet MAX Light Rail

Data:
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 503
ZIP: n/a

Access by train/transit:
TriMet MAX Light Rail
Westside Express Service/Beaverton (Commuter Rail/during the rush hours only)
Portland Streetcar (downtown)
Amtrak (downtown)

The Scoop:



Acknowledgements:
Bruce Fingerhood
Darrell Clarke
Aiko Kenobi
Jeremiah Cox
Denver Todd
Google Maps
Bing Maps
Wikipedia
Open Railway Maps

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
as needed


Map




Pictures


Hillsboro

https://news.trimet.org/2018/09/trimet-max-improvements-underway-in-hillsboro/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatfield_Government_Center_station





New track, switches, and signaling was installed over a two month period in 2018.



Bruce Fingerhood/Wikipedia

Darrell Clarke, 2008

Darrell Clarke, 2008

Darrell Clarke, 2008

Light Rail runs in the middle of Washington Street from the Hatfield Government Center station in Hillsboro to 10th Ave.



A century ago, this is what transit in Hillsboro looked like.

Aiko Kenobi via Pinterest

The Hillsboro Airport


Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport Station

Just west of the station is a pocket track...




Orenco

Darrell Clarke, 2008


Elmonica




The Shops at Elmonica




Merlo Rd/SW 158th Ave Station




St Marys Junction

GPS Coordinates: 45.503405, -122.838938 (roughly)
Access to the location can be had via the trail that runs alongside the tracks.
If you park over at the Merlo station, it is a short walk.  It's a shorter walk from 153rd, but not sure if there is a convenient place to park.
Looks like a good spot for pictures.






Beaverton Creek Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.500384, -122.833022




Millikan Way Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.495248, -122.821491
Must be a popular station, as there are four parking lots!




Beaverton Central Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.490479, -122.807060




Beaverton
Transit Center Station

http://light-rail.blogspot.com/2008/07/portland-max-hillsboro.html
https://gardenhomehistory.com/2018/06/20/development-of-sw-multnomah-boulevard/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_Home%E2%80%93Whitford,_Oregon

GPS Coordinates: 45.491439, -122.801530
Beaverton TC is where you interchange between the Westside Express trains, and the MAX Light Rail.
The light rail station has a pocket track, and is located in the middle of an "S" curve.
WES trains are inbound (into Beaverton) during the morning rush hour, and outbound during the evening rush hour.
Between here and Sunset, the tracks turn northward and follow 217 before going under US26 in a horseshoe type curve to get into the Sunset station.



Darrell Clarke, 2008

Oldtrails.com




Sunset Station

https://subwaynut.com/pnw/max/sunsettc/p2.php

GPS Coordinates: 45.510245, -122.781047
This is the last station (east bound) before entering the 3 mile long Robertson Tunnel under the West Hills on the way into downtown Portland.



Oldtrails.com

Jeremiah Cox



Looks like a good spot for pictures if you can time it right, from the yellow "X" in the aerial shot above.



Overpass over Baltic Ave, at the green "X" above...




Washington Park Station

http://oldtrails.com/LightRail/Portland/Westside/raillpor299.htm
GPS Coordinates: not provided, were inside the earth.
Here we are, 260 feet down in the Robertson Tunnel, the deepest transit station in the United States.

Oldtrails.com




Disclaimers:

I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in :-)

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given!  Please be NICE!!!  Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly inaccurate, wrong, or not true.

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