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Willamette Valley Railroad/Railway

Willamette Valley Railroad - WVRD

Willamette Valley Railway - WVR

Route:
V & S Jct. - Independence, OR (1.8 miles)
Willamina - Fort Hill, OR (5.2 miles)
Woodburn - Geer - Stayton, OR (31.6 miles)
Geer - Salem, OR (4.7 miles)
Albany (Page) - Lebanon - Sweethome Jct - Mill City, OR (48.5 miles)
Headquarters:
Independence, OR
McMinnville, OR
Junctions with other railroads:
SP: Independence, OR
UP: Woodburn, OR
Radio frequencies:
161.475
History:
Line built between V & S Jct. and Valsetz by Boise-Cascade's Valley & Siletz Railroad in 1916.
Line abandoned by V&S beyond Pedee in 1978.
Line further abandoned to only three miles of track to Stapleton by 1979.
V&S Jct. to Independence segment purchased by WVRD on January 2, 1985. Rest abandoned.
Willamina & Grand Ronde Railway merged into WVRD on March 10, 1986.
Willamina & Grand Ronde Railway "un-merged" on March 1, 1988.
Independence line abandoned in December 1993 following closure of Mountain Fir mill.
Woodburn to Stayton, Geer to Salem, and Albany to Mill City lines leased from SP and operations began on February 22, 1993.
Geer - Salem line abandoned in 1995.
The formerly leased lines purchased on September 21, 1996.
Albany District (Albany - Mill City) transferred to Albany & Eastern Railway in 1998/9.
Ownership:
Rail-West, Inc.
Bernard Root
Roster:
Unit Bldr. Model B/D B/N F/N History Acq. Ret. Notes
WVRD 201 EMD SW1200 5/1965 30240 4477-2 ex WVRD 2273; ex SP 2273; nee SP 1608 ? 1993 to Port of Catoosa / Tulsa Port Authority 022 (Tulsa, OK), 1993
WVRD 2274 EMD SW1200 5/1965 30241 4477-3 ex SP 2274; nee SP 1609 1993 to Port of Catoosa / Tulsa Port Authority 555 (Tulsa, OK), 1993
WVRD 2890 EMD GP9 8/1959 25646 5608-16 ex SP 2890; ex SP 3723; nee SP 5887 to WGR 2890; to RPRX, 2000; to RPRX "Green Goat" 2001, 2001
2501 EMD GP35E 1963 28466 7695-5 ex SP 6303:2; ex SP 6524; nee SP 7412:1 1999 to AERC 2501, 1999
2502 EMD GP35E 1965 30185 7808-15 ex SP 6360:2; ex SP 6673; nee SP 7776:1
2503 EMD GP35E 1964 28484 7695-23 ex SP 6361:2; ex SP 6542; nee SP 7430:1
3859 EMD GP9R 3/1959 25152 5596-8 ex SP 3859; ex SP GP9 3660; nee TNO 456 to AERC 3859, 1999; to AERC 1750
4364 EMD SD9 1955 19940 5365-13 ex SP 4364; ex SP 3877; nee SP 5399 1992 199x to LLW 4364; to LLW 5399; to AERC 5399
4413 EMD SD9 1955 19941 5365-14 ex SP 4413; ex SP 3878; nee SP 5400 disposition unknown
4433 EMD SD9 1955 20204 5365-22 ex SP 4433; ex SP 3904; nee SP 5426 1992 199x to LLW 4433; to PNWR 1854:2

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Last updated: Oct. 07, 2017