Oregon Pacific Railroad

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Oregon Pacific Railroad Overview

  • OPR is a short line railroad that operates in the Oregon cities of Portland, Milwaukie, Canby, and Liberal.
  • The railroad was founded in 1991 when Richard Samuels purchased the 5.5 mile former Portland Traction Company Portland to Milwaukie branch.
  • In 1993 more trackage was added when Richard Samuels purchased the former 10 mile Southern Pacific Molalla Branch. However, a couple of miles of track from Liberal into Molalla were abandoned after the loss of all shippers in Molalla.
  • Currently the railroad handles freight operations on both divisions, and operates a seasonal tourist train on its "East Portland Division" from the Oregon Rail Heritage Center to Oaks Amusement Park in Portland.
  • Almost all freight cars handled on the "East Portland Division" are refrigerator cars.

Current Operations

  • The railroad is operated in two divisions: The "East Portland Division" and the "Molalla Branch Division." Both districts are isolated from each other.
  • The railroad interchanges with Union Pacific in both Portland and Canby.

Oregon Pacific Railroad East Portland Division Customers

  • Runs for 5.5 miles from Portland to Milwaukie.

Interchanges

  • Interchanges with Union Pacific in Portland.
Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Ross Island Sand & Gravel Portland Aggregate Supplier Hoppers Infrequent shipper.
Unity Foods Milwaukie Food Distributor Refrigerator Cars Active shipper?
AmeriCold Logistics Milwaukie Food Distributor Refrigerator Cars Main customer.

Oregon Pacific Railroad Molalla Branch Division Customers

  • Runs for 7.5 miles from Canby to Liberal (Molalla).

Interchanges

Interchanges with Union Pacific in Canby.

Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
American Steel Canby Steel Manufacturer Steel Coil Cars
RSG Forest Products Liberal Lumber Mill Centerbeam Flatcars
Satrun-Dybvad Milling Liberal Animal Feed Mill Covered Hoppers

Operational OPR Locomotives

Number Model Built History Notes
OPR 100 SW1 1952 Ex-PRTD 100/EPTC 100 Assigned to the East Portland Division.
OPR 801 SW8 1951 Ex-BN 99/GN 99. Back up Molalla Branch switcher.
OPR 901 SW1200RS 1953 Ex-CIC 91. Primary American Steel switcher on the Molalla Branch.
OPR 1202 SW1200RS 1953 Ex-CP 1202/LTEX 1202. Primary Molalla Branch switcher.
OPR 1413 GMD1 1959 Ex-CN 1045. Primary East Portland Division switcher. Used for tourist trains.
OPR 5100 70 Tonner 1949 Ex-SSTX 5100/SP 5100. Out of Service, Awaiting Repairs. Assigned to the East Portland Division.

Inactive OPR Locomotives

Number Model Built History Notes
SPI/OPR 45 45 Tonner 19?? Came from a Portland scrapyard. Converted to a tie crane. The engine is worn out and has seen very little use since the early 1990s.
OPR 1127 SW8 1954 Ex-OPR 802/EPTC 802/LINC 81/SP 4622. Currently under restoration in Milwaukie.

OPR Rolling Stock

Number Type of Railcar Built History Notes
OPR Open Air Car Open Air Flatcar 1990 Built on a former tank car frame. Used for tourist trains.
EPTC 11 Caboose 1952 Ex-UP 25240/UP 3940. In storage in Milwaukie.
OPR 22 Caboose 19?? Ex-BN. Used for tourist trains.
OPR 33 Caboose 19?? Ex-MOPAC. Under restoration.
SP 128 "Santa Rosa" Business Car 1917 Ex-RPCX 415/KYLE 13/YW 68/SP 128/EP&SW 500. Used for tourist trains.
OPR 900 Caboose 1926 Ex-STC 900/NP. Used for tourist trains. Heavily modified.
CRYX 1000 Refrigerator Car 19?? Ex-CRYX. Stored in Milwaukie.
NRMX 7500 Boxcar 19?? Stored in Milwaukie.
UP 25198 Caboose 1944 Ex-UP 25198. Currently on display at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. Occasionally used for excursion service.

Former OPR Locomotives

Number Model Built History Notes
OPR/KT 21 20 Tonner 1941 Ex-KT 21/SPMW 570/USAX 7706. OPR's first locomotive. Lettered for "Kellogg Terminal." Traded to PNWC-NRHS. Stored in Tigard, Oregon.
EPTC 101 80 Tonner 1956 Ex-PLC 101. Scrapped in 2014.
EPTC 102 80 Tonner 1956 Ex-PLC 102. Sold to Columbia Business Park in 1997.
OPR 187 NW5 1946 Ex-EPTC 187/REPCO 187/BN 987. Scrapped in 2014 after years of vandalism.
EPTC 500 80 Tonner 1943 Ex-EPTC/US Army Scrapped in 2014.
OPR 501 80 Tonner 195? Ex-US Army Sold to CDL Pacific Grain Terminal in February 2014.
OPR 602 SW8 1952 Ex-YW 602/Bambe 602. Sold to Western Rail in 2010. Status unknown.
OPR 803 SW8 1953 Ex-LINC 80/SP 1105/TNO 13. Sold to Western Rail in 2010. Status unknown.
OPR 1010 EMD Yard Slug 1953 Ex-SP 1010/Ex-L&N SW7 2247. Sold to SFGX. Status unknown. Last seen in Hugoton, Kansas.
OPR 1810 GP7 1951 Ex-ARR 1810/USAX 1821. Sold to SFGX. Now at ADM in Dodge City, Kansas.
OPR 2501 25 Tonner 1942 Ex-U.S. Maritime Commission L-060-3 Donated to Antique Powerland. Further sold to Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad in 2018.
OPR 4501 45 Tonner 1942 Ex-CCPR 007/ARR 7249/USAX Sold to PTOB. Further sold to Nevada Northern Railroad?

Former OPR Rolling Stock

Number Type of Railcar Built History Notes
GN A-26 Business Car 1911 Ex-BN 1970/A-26. Sold to a private owner. Stored at Golf Jct. Used as a wood shop.




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