This article profiles the history and present operations of the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad in the Pacific Northwest. The shortline railroad, once a component of Southern Pacific’s bustling network of log-and-lumber branches, features a 96-mile-long run that haul finished lumber as well as shipments of feed for dairy farms. Major geographic aspects of the region, such as steep grades over mountainous areas, as well a difficult weather conditions, have been a source of concern for the railroad over the years. Despite severe floods in 1996 which caused the railroad to lose around 16 miles of track, rescue funds from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), along with other resources, enabled the railroad to bounce back and meet the demands of its growing traffic. The article also looks at the railroad’s vintage fleet of 15 SD9 diesel locomotives, which despite their average age of around 50 years, remain as the railroad’s trademark.

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    Kalmbach Publishing Company

    21027 Crossroads Circle, P.O. Box 1612
    Waukesha, WI  United States  53187
  • Authors:
    • MOORE, J
    • Jennison, B
  • Publication Date: 2005-8


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 30-37
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  • Accession Number: 01005445
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2005 12:44PM