In General

Location / Name:
Portland OR, Multnomah County

What's Here:
TriMet MAX Light Rail
The Steel Bridge
Double Track Wye

Amtrak - across the river
Portland Streetcar - across the river

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

Access by train/transit:
Light Rail
Portland Streetcar

The Scoop:

This section of the Portland Transit guide covers the MAX Light Rail system from the Willamette River and the Steel Bridge, to the Gateway Center, where the Blue, Red, and Green lines go their separate ways - the Red line goes north to the Airport, the Green line goes south to Clackamas, and the Blue line runs east into Gresham.

From 16th Ave east, the line parallels I-84 and the Union Pacific, and if you are at the Hollywood station, and lucky, you could catch a passing freight.

I know it is covered elsewhere in the transit and the train sections of my guides, but we will start at the river with the Steel Bridge.

Denver Todd
Google Maps
Bing Maps

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

Getting Here

Exit 302 on I-5 gets you near the Rose Quarter and Convention Center stations.

Exit 1 from I-84 drops you off at the Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave station.

Exit 3 from I-84 will put you near the NE 60th Ave station.

Exit 5 from I-84 puts you very near the NE 80th Ave station and kinda close to the Gateway station.

Exit 21B from I-205 puts you close to the Gateway station.


the Steel Bridge

To get out of the downtown Portland area heading east, the four light rail lines cross the Willamette using the Steel Bridge.  The two tracks cross the bridge in the middle, and share the space with vehicular traffic.... quite a unique arrangement.

Light Rail Wye/Junction

This wye is a double track junction between all of the lines and allows the yellow line to head north.  Although it is technically a wye, it is not used as such as in conventional railroading, it just allows trains to go from any branch to any other.

Rose Quarter Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.530161, -122.665406
The light rail portion of the transit center is located under I-5, making really good pictures darn near impossible.

photo: Pi.1415926535

Convention Center Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.530089, -122.662128

NE 7th Ave Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.530075, -122.654215

Here at Holladay and 7th, we have several other items of interest....

Bar signal for the Portland Streetcar

MAX train coming sign

A couple pictures of the trolley wire junction between the light rail and Portland Streetcar lines at 7th and Holladay.

11th Ave Stub Track

This stub track is used as a turnaround for trains coming out of the downtown area, and as such, can only be accessed by cars going eastbound.  The Bing Maps picture below is upside down, and gives the best view from Bing.  It shows a historic trolley sitting on the stub.

Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.530075, -122.654215
The Double Tree hotel is across 11th Ave from the station, making it convenient if you don't have a car!

End of Street Running on Holladay St

GPS Coordinates: 45.530097, -122.652455
Holladay street is one way going east here.  Just after this, going eastward, the tracks cross 16th St and the UP.  There is also a single crossover here.

Crossing the Union Pacific

Just east of NE 13th Ave, the ROW crosses the UP tracks and then runs between I-84 and the UP.


If you take a ride on the MAX, you may be lucky enough to pass a UP freight running alongside you.

Once in a while we are luck when the Bing airplanes catch something in action, here, a train just went under NE 21st Ave....

Here at the exit ramp from WB I-84 going onto Lloyd Blvd (exit 1), Google catches three trains in different views.

Hollywood / NE 42nd Ave TC Station and Pocket Track

GPS Coordinates: 45.532871, -122.621070
This station is typical of the three MAX stations along I-84 (42nd, 60th, and 82nd).  In addition, there is a transit center to the north, and a pocket track to the east of the station.

NE 60th Ave Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.528697, -122.602869

NE 82nd Ave Station

GPs Coordinates: 45.533415, -122.578231
A Days Inn by Wyndham is nearby, a Comfort Inn is across the interstate, and there are numerous places to eat in the vicinity.

Gateway / NE 99th Ave Station

GPS Coordinates: 45.530592, -122.563583
Gateway station marks another division point in the system.  The Blue and Green line continue south from here, but the Red line loops around, deals with a pretty good grade to loop back under itself and head north along I-205 on it's way to the Portland Airport.

Gresham Shops

Three stops from the end, you will find the Gresham Shops off 202nd Ave.  Using my contacts from working at the light rail system in Baltimore, I was able to tour the facility in 1998 when in town for a job interview... one of these days, I will have to scan the slides from that trip.


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.

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