Portland & Western in Corvallis

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jhf0551

New Member
I'm visiting Corvallis next week. I heard that Portland & Western railroad's mainline cuts through the downtown Corvallis and OSU campus. There is a street running scene. I'm wondering what is the best time of day to see the P&W trains.
 

JDLX

New Member
The line that passes through Corvallis is the line to Toledo, OR, which is mostly a nocturnal only operation. PNWR runs an almost daily train out to Toledo that seves the giant paper mill out there...but the only semi dependable times they come through in daylight hours is when the return trip is delayed, and then it can come through in early to mid morning hours.

PNWR also runs a Corvallis switch job, but the only reason it will venture into town is to effect interchange with the Albany & Eastern in the vicinity of the old Corallis yard, which happens once or twice a week. Vennel Farms purchased the couple miles or so of the old Bailey Branch running south from Corvallis and hired AERC to be their operator; AERC has a GP-9 stored down at the Vennel Farms facility, and one of their crews comes over as needed to switch out the facility, run the loads north, and then come back south with empty cars.

I would recommend joining the PNWR or Albany & Eastern discussion groups at Yahoo Groups...Charles Bonnville keeps a pretty close tab of operations through Corvallis of both roads and posts what he sees to both groups.

Jeff Moore
Elko, NV
 

jhf0551

New Member
Thanks for your information! The PNWR yahoo group is new to me. I'm looking into it.

The line that passes through Corvallis is the line to Toledo, OR, which is mostly a nocturnal only operation. PNWR runs an almost daily train out to Toledo that seves the giant paper mill out there...but the only semi dependable times they come through in daylight hours is when the return trip is delayed, and then it can come through in early to mid morning hours.

PNWR also runs a Corvallis switch job, but the only reason it will venture into town is to effect interchange with the Albany & Eastern in the vicinity of the old Corallis yard, which happens once or twice a week. Vennel Farms purchased the couple miles or so of the old Bailey Branch running south from Corvallis and hired AERC to be their operator; AERC has a GP-9 stored down at the Vennel Farms facility, and one of their crews comes over as needed to switch out the facility, run the loads north, and then come back south with empty cars.

I would recommend joining the PNWR or Albany & Eastern discussion groups at Yahoo Groups...Charles Bonnville keeps a pretty close tab of operations through Corvallis of both roads and posts what he sees to both groups.

Jeff Moore
Elko, NV
 




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