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Encyclopedia > Portland and Western Railroad
Portland & Western Railroad
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Reporting marks PNWR, WPRR
Locale Oregon, United States
Dates of operation 1995 – present
Track gauge ft 8½ in (1435 mm) (standard gauge)
Headquarters Salem, Oregon

The Portland and Western Railroad (AAR reporting marks PNWR, WPRR) is a 520 miles (837 km) Class II railroad serving the U.S. state of Oregon, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of shortline and regional railroad holding company Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. (NYSEGWI). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Reporting marks on two CP Rail covered hoppers passing Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, June 20, 2004. ... Official language(s) (none)[1] Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... The dominant rail gauge in each country shown Rail gauge is the distance between the inner sides of the two parallel rails that make up a railway track. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... A millimetre (American spelling: millimeter, symbol mm) is an SI unit of length that is equal to one thousandth of a metre. ... As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... Nickname: Location in Marion and Polk Counties, state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Marion, Polk Founded 1842 Government  - Mayor Janet Taylor Area  - City  46. ... Reporting marks on two CP Rail covered hoppers passing Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, June 20, 2004. ... A Class II railroad, as defined by the American Association of Railroads, is a railroad with an annual operating revenue between $10 million (1978 dollars) and $50 million (1978 dollars). ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... Official language(s) (none)[1] Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... A subsidiary, in business, is an entity that is controlled by another entity. ... Company logo Genesee and Wyoming, Inc. ... The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ...


PNWR's tracks lie entirely within Oregon, extending from Astoria to Portland along the Columbia River, from Portland to Eugene through the Willamette Valley, and along several spurs through the Northern Oregon Coast Range. The Astoria Column Suomi Hall, the meeting hall of Finnish and Scandinavian immigrants, under the Astoria-Megler Bridge Woman walking her dog along the Columbia River in Astoria The city of Astoria is the county seat of Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... The Columbia River (French: fleuve Columbia) is a river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. ... It has been suggested that Track Town, USA be merged into this article or section. ... The Willamette Valley The Willamette Valley The Willamette Valley is the region in northwest Oregon in the United States that surrounds the Willamette River as it proceeds northward from its emergence from mountains near Eugene to its confluence with the Columbia River. ... The Northern Oregon Coast Range is the northern section of the Oregon Coast Range located in the northwest portion of the state of Oregon, United States. ...

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Founding

The Portland & Western's roots are in sister company Willamette & Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting marks WPRR), founded in 1993. This company was created to take over operations on many branchlines of the Southern Pacific, a class one railroad. These branches included the "Toledo Line" running from Albany, Oregon to Toledo, Oregon, serving a large Georgia Pacific kraft paper mill; the north-south "Westside Line" from Corvallis, Oregon to Newberg, Oregon, serving many agriculture, steel, and forest products industries; and three lesser branchlines serving primarily forest products industries. Reporting marks on two CP Rail covered hoppers passing Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, June 20, 2004. ... The Southern Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting marks SP) was an American railroad. ... A Class I railroad in the United States, or a Class I railway (also Class I rail carrier) in Canada, is one of the largest freight railroads, as classified based on operating revenue. ... Location in Oregon Coordinates: County Linn County Incorporated 1864 Government  - Mayor Chuck McLaran Area  - City 41. ... Toledo is a city located on the Yaquina River and along U.S. Highway 20 in Lincoln County, Oregon. ... Georgia-Pacific LLC. is an American pulp and paper company based in Atlanta, Georgia, and is one of the worlds leading manufacturers and distributors of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. ... The Kraft process (also known as Kraft pulping or sulfate process) is used in production of paper pulp and involves the use of caustic sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide to extract the lignin from the wood fiber in large pressure vessels called digesters. ... Corvallis (IPA: ) is a city located in central western Oregon, USA. It is the county seat of Benton CountyGR6 and the principal city of the Corvallis, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Benton County. ... Newberg is a city located in Yamhill County, Oregon. ...


PNWR was created in 1995 to take over operations of the remainder of the SP's branchlines in the state, primarily the "Tillamook District" in the southwest suburbs of Portland, Oregon, and the "Rex Hill" segment of the Westside line, which served as WPRR's outside connection to the SP mainline in Portland. Shortly after startup in fall of 1995, class one railroad Burlington Northern "spun off" part of its Oregon Electric Railway branchlines north of Salem to the new carrier. Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... Categories: Rail stubs | Defunct railroad companies of the United States | California railroads | Colorado railroads | Idaho railroads | Illinois railroads | Iowa railroads | Kansas railroads | Kentucky railroads | Minnesota railroads | Missouri railroads | Montana railroads | Nebraska railroads | North Dakota railroads | Oregon railroads | South Dakota railroads | Washington railroads | Wisconsin railroads | Wyoming railroads ... Oregon Electric Railway was an interurban railroad line that linked Portland, Oregon to Eugene, Oregon. ...


According to former WPRR/PNWR General Manager Robert I. Melbo, the Portland & Western was created to take over the new lines, rather than just extending the WPRR, due to regulatory issues then in force.


Most of the former SP branches are operated via a lease agreement, which in the wake of the 1996 Union Pacific-Southern Pacific merger, are now held by UP. The operations on the former BN branches are mixed between leases and outright ownership. The Union Pacific Railroad (NYSE: UNP) is the largest railroad in the United States. ...


Relationship with WPRR

Originally, the Portland & Western has been operated as a "paper corporation". Its officers were the same as those of the sister WPRR, with which its lines are contiguous. WPRR locomotives and other equipment were used to operate the line, although two locomotives were painted and lettered for the PNWR as a publicity move. Operating crews were divided between the two companies, but in practice, crews of PNWR or WPRR would be used anywhere they were needed on the system.


The late 1990s brought changes to the relationship. System additions which brought with them more operations in Portland led the company to move its headqaurters north from Albany to Salem, Oregon. With an increasing profile in the metro area, the Portland & Western became the predominant corporate image in December 2000. Everything from locomotives to letterheads began to bear the brand Portland & Western. In effect, the situation of 1995 has been reversed, and WPRR is now the paper corporation. Nickname: Location in Marion and Polk Counties, state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Marion, Polk Founded 1842 Government  - Mayor Janet Taylor Area  - City  46. ...


System expansions

The combined PNWR/WPRR system has expanded rapidly. In 1997, PNWR acquired the "Astoria Line", running from Northwest Portland through to the deepwater port of Astoria, Oregon, from Burlington Northern. At nearly 92 miles in length, the line brought a significant number of paper, lumber, and chemical customers onto the system. In 2002, PNWR acquired a long term lease of the remaining Burlington Northern branches in the state, giving the company access to Salem and Eugene via its own tracks. The acquisition of the former allowed PNWR to make through movements from its Portland area lines to its central yard at Albany without routing over the steep and curvy Rex Hill. The Astoria Column Suomi Hall, the meeting hall of Finnish and Scandinavian immigrants, under the Astoria-Megler Bridge Woman walking her dog along the Columbia River in Astoria The city of Astoria is the county seat of Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. ...


Traffic base

Log Train originating in Rainier, Oregon
Log Train originating in Rainier, Oregon

PNWR has a diverse traffic base based on carload commodities. Woodchips, paper, agricultural goods, and aggregates are all major sources of traffic. Primary amongst the road's over 135 customers are Georgia Pacific, Stimpson/Forrestex, Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, and Hampton Lumber Sales. PNWR handles over 90,000 carloads annually. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 468 pixelsFull resolution (3532 × 2066 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 468 pixelsFull resolution (3532 × 2066 pixel, file size: 2. ... Rainier is a city in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. ...


Two other shortlines which interchange with PNWR are of note. The first is the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad (AAR reporting marks POTB), which interchanges with PNWR solely. This line carries a significant number of carloads, primarily lumber, from Tillamook, Oregon, over the coast range via 100 miles of winding mountain railway. Tillamook (IPA: ) is the county seat of Tillamook County, Oregon. ...


The other is the Central Oregon & Pacific, (AAR reporting marks CORP), a subsidiary of GWI's competitor holding company, RailAmerica. Although CORP and PNWR cross each other in Eugene, Oregon, operating agreements with Union Pacific prevented the two railroads from interchanging traffic directly. Congestion problems experienced by UP in 2004 resulted in a new agreement allowing direct interchange, creating a new traffic flow on PNWR. Today, PNWR handles a great deal of log traffic from a log import-export firm on its lines in Rainier, Oregon, clear across the entire system to an interchange with CORP at Eugene. The Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark CORP) is a shortline operating between Northern California and Eugene, Oregon. ... ... It has been suggested that Track Town, USA be merged into this article or section. ... The Union Pacific Railroad (NYSE: UNP) is the largest railroad in the United States. ... Rainier is a city in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. ...


Operations & equipment

PNWR operates between 20 and 30 trains per day over its system. PNWRs main yard, shops complex, and dispatcher are all located at Albany. Additional crew bases in St. Helens, Oregon, St. Marys (Beaverton, Oregon), McMinnville, Oregon, and Eugene, Oregon. Executive offices are maintained in Salem, with A. Bruce Carswell President and General Manager, replacing Larry Phipps, who retired in November 2005. Motto: The Payroll City Location in Oregon Coordinates: County Columbia County Incorporated 1889 Mayor Randy Peterson Area    - City 13. ... Location in Oregon Coordinates: , County Washington County Incorporated 1893 Government  - Mayor Rob Drake Area  - City 42. ... McMinnville is the county seat and largest city of Yamhill County, Oregon, United States. ... It has been suggested that Track Town, USA be merged into this article or section. ...


Primary trains on the system are the "Harbor Turn/Albany Turn" pair, which runs from Portland through to Albany; the "Toledo Hauler", running from Albany over the Coast Range to Toledo; the "Eugene Hauler", from Albany to a Eugene interchange with UP over UP trackage rights; the "Westsider" running from Albany to McMinnville; and the Albany Hauler from Albany to a CORP interchange at Eugene, via the PNWR's leased BN trackage. In 2006, PNWR took over operation of the 663/664 train pair from BNSF Railway. These trains run between Vancouver, WA and Albany (663 is the southbound train, 664 goes north) and are PNWR's first to regularly operate outside of Oregon. They alternately use the Oregon Electric District out of Portland and a nearby Union Pacific line between Portland and Salem under an inherited trackage rights agreement. A Coastal range is any range of mountains forming a coastline. ... A union station or union terminal is a train station where tracks and facilities are shared by two or more railway companies, allowing passengers to connect conveniently between them. ...

Two standard-fare Portland and Western locomotives in Beaverton, Oregon.
Two standard-fare Portland and Western locomotives in Beaverton, Oregon.

The locomotive fleet of the PNWR/WPRR primarily consists of used "second generation" products of General Motors' Electro-Motive Division. Notable exceptions in the fleet include a handful of SD9 locomotives which are now 50 years old and still in regular service. Neither road owns much freight equipment of its own, although there are a number of WPRR gondolas for woodchip service and centerbeam flatcars for lumber. Three of the railroad's woodchip cars have special paint schemes. One is in green and yellow to honor the University of Oregon, and includes the school's "duck" logo. Another is in orange and black, honoring Oregon State University, and includes that school's "beaver" emblem. And the third is painted black with the red "DARE" logo to promote the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 251 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I took this picture on December 27th, 2004. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 251 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I took this picture on December 27th, 2004. ... General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is an American automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab and Vauxhall. ... General Motors Electro-Motive Division (normally shortened to GM EMD or just EMD) is the worlds largest builder of railroad locomotives. ... An EMD SD9 is a 6-axle diesel locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between January 1954 and June 1959. ...


Locomotive Fleet (as of March 20, 2007):


  • 101, 102 Slugs (used with 3001, 3002)
  • 1201 EMD SW-9
  • 1501 EMD SD-7
  • 1801, 1803-1805 EMD GP-9
  • 1851, 1852 EMD SD-9
  • 1853 EMD SD-9M
  • 2005 EMD GP38
  • 2301-2317 EMD GP39-2
  • 3001-3002 EMD GP40P-2
  • 3003-300? EMD GP40
  • 3051 EMD SD40-2
  • 3300 EMD SD40-3MR
  • 3603, 3604 EMD SD-45

Commuter rail

Portions of the PNWR system in Washington County, Oregon (in the Portland metropolitan area) are currently being planned for conversion to commuter rail operations by area transit operator, TriMet. Significant upgrades, including the installation of centralized traffic control signals, will be made to the lines to be used. The line, known as the Washington County Commuter Rail, will run from Beaverton to Wilsonville. Construction began on October 23, 2006, with an estimated opening date sometime in 2008. It is anticipated that the system will employ Colorado Railcar's Diesel-Multiple Unit (DMU.) These trains will be operated by Portland and Western Railroad, though fares, livery and reporting marks are those of TriMet. Washington County Commuter Rail is a proposed 14. ... Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. ... The Portland metropolitan area is the urban area centered around Portland, Oregon and the Willamette River. ... A Connex commuter train stands by the platform in Melbourne, Australia Regional rail systems, or commuter rail systems, usually provide a rail service through a central business district area into suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis. ... Current TriMet logo TriMet, more formally known as the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, is a public agency that operates mass transit in a region that spans most of the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. ... Centralized traffic control (CTC) is a signalling system used by railroads. ... Washington County Commuter Rail is a proposed 14. ... Location in Oregon Coordinates: , County Washington County Incorporated 1893 Government  - Mayor Rob Drake Area  - City 42. ... Motto: Serving The Community With Pride Location in Oregon Coordinates: County Clackamas County Incorporated 1969 Government  - Mayor Charlotte Lehan Area  - City 17. ... Colorado Railcar is a manufacturer of railroad rolling stock. ... DMU, type SA108 of Great Poland Voivodship in PoznaÅ„, Poland The Transwa Prospector DEMU capable of up to 200km/h provides a passenger service between Perth, Western Australia and the mining town of Kalgoorlie A Diesel Multiple Unit or DMU is a multiple unit train consisting of multiple carriages powered...


Historical trivia

Although a young railroad, the Portland & Western operates over some of the oldest trackage in the state of Oregon. Segments of PNWR include portions of railroads of the following heritages:

  • The Oregon Central, one of the first bids for a railroad to California, begun in 1867;
  • The narrow gauge granger railroads, the Dayton, Sheridan & Grand Ronde, and the Portland & Willamette Valley, dating from the 1880s;
  • The original 1880s Northern Pacific transcontinental mainline;
  • The original Oregon Pacific, a failed trancontinental attempt to link Yaquina, Oregon to the Midwest;
  • The Oregon Electric Railway, an extensive electric interurban railway that linked Portland and Eugene;
  • The Southern Pacific's "Red Electric" interurban.

Northern Pacific Railway Categories: Stub | Defunct railroad companies of the United States | Idaho railroads | Minnesota railroads | Montana railroads | North Dakota railroads | Oregon railroads | Washington railroads | Wisconsin railroads ... Oregon Electric Railway was an interurban railroad line that linked Portland, Oregon to Eugene, Oregon. ... An interurban, also called a radial railway in parts of Canada, is a streetcar line running between urban areas or from urban to rural areas. ...

References

  • Genesee & Wyoming corporate website
  • TriMet commuter rail page
  • Correspondence with Robert I. Melbo, PNWR & WPRR General Manager 1995-1998.
  • Correspondence with PNWR employees

External links


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