There used to be a lot of track south of the Chehalis River, and its all gone now.
Two railroads crossed the river, one place was near downtown and the line shows on the 1990 USGS map.
A restaurant had a mural about Gray's Harbor, and in the upper right of this picture is a train crossing the river.
Nice center-cab loco, hinting at what used to run.
The center-cab might not be related to the tracks that went southwest along the shore of Gray's Harbor.
The places I saw line up better with the old route from Aberdeen Junction, 2 miles east of Aberdeen. You may study the old maps.
There are some old trestles by the bay southwest of Aberdeen, on the way to Markham and Wesport by Washington state highway 105.
The right-of-way is well grown over.
The 'notch' in the tree line shows only when looking straight along the line.
And no one has kept a path open by a foot or jeep trail.
The line ends up at a cranberry processing plant,
as shown on this 1990's USGS map on MSR maps,
and on the mural.
There was just sidings by the buildings
and I don't know if there was a run-around north of here to make the switching easier on the end of the line.
There could have been some boxcar traffic for canned cranberry sauce outbound,
or incoming cardboard boxes,
and tank cars for liquid sugar
or bunker oil for boiler fuel.
I don't know much about the area's history.
Google maps shows a tree line that suggests an old road or railroad once went beyond John's River.
The sand beaches of the Pacific Ocean are 8 miles west of here.
Oysters, clamming, fishing, and tourism.
Link back to my index page, Bruce's RailRoad Pictures
my best index page is on the TrainWeb site, as of January 2011.
This page was wrote in Oct, 2013.