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Watch Great Scenic Railways online: Episode 5 Pacific North West and Alaska

Our first stop in this segment of great scenic railway journeys takes us to Northern California and the Shasta Sunset Dinner train. Here we'll take a journey in grand dining style through the pristine mountain beauty of this region of the country. This line serves up a gourmet meal as it transports its passengers around the base of the 14,000-foot Mt Shasta. We will also climb on board the railroad's day time excursion train, which is pulled by a 1918 Baldwin Steam engine.In 1805 the Lewis and Clark expedition discovered the riches of the Hood River region in Oregon, better known today as the Columbia Gorge. The Mount Hood Railroad reveals the beauty of this area as it travels 22 miles from Hood River to the base of the 11,235-foot Mount Hood in Parkdale. Because of the steep grades for the train to climb the 1700 feet to Parkdale it must use a switchback to get there. This railway is one of only four in the country that still uses switchbacks.

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