Portland & Western Railroad

Portland & Western Railroad

Overview

February 2014 Open Letter to the Communities Along the Astoria Line

The Portland & Western Railroad (PNWR) is a 520-mile short line freight railroad that interchanges with the Albany & Eastern Railroad, BNSF Railway, Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad, Coos Bay Rail Link, Hampton Railway, Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad.

Commodities transported include aggregates, brick and cement, chemicals, construction and demolition debris, food and feed products, forest products, metallic ores and minerals, petroleum products, and steel and scrap.

The PNWR was acquired by Genesee & Wyoming in 1995.

Did you know that Oregon leads the country in freight rail shipments of lumber and wood products, followed by healthy quantities of fertilizers, grain, farm products, coal and cement? Learn more about the importance of rail transport to Oregon's economy.


Transload Locations

We have the expertise and experience to handle your varied products safely and promptly. Each year we move more than 60,000 carloads of paper, steel, grain, forest products, chemicals, aggregates, fertilizers and consumer goods.

P&W aggressively seeks more traffic and new customers. Our full-time marketing managers work closely with their counterparts at Union Pacific and Burlington Northern-Santa Fe. As a locally managed property, P&W is sensitive to local issues and needs.

Historical Notes

  • The Tillamook District includes part of one of Oregon's first rail lines. In 1867, the Oregon Central Railroad Company had been incorporated to build a line toward Forest Grove and McMinnville, a route requiring heavy construction through the hills west of Portland. After a number of physical and financial problems, the first 20 miles from Portland to Hillsboro were completed December 18, 1871. Today, P&W's track from Lombard Street crossing in Beaverton to Hillsboro is part of the old Oregon Central.
     
  • The Astoria Line between Willbridge and Goble--35 miles--is of historic significance, having been first operated by Northern Pacific Railroad Company, October 1884, as part of its route between Portland and Tacoma. A ferry carried cars and locomotives across the Columbia River between Goble and Kalama until June 25, 1908, when massive new bridges opened across the Columbia and Willamette Rivers to link Vancouver, Washington and Portland. Trackage along the Washington side of the Columbia then became the main rail route between Portland and Puget Sound, and the Goble-Willbridge line, which had been extended to Astoria in 1898, was relegated to branch line status.
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Industrial Development
Transload Locations
Current Line
Other G&W railroads
Trackage Rights
Interstate lines with open access

Contact Information

 

Emergency Phone Number
(800) 800-2203

Portland & Western Railroad, Inc.
Willamette & Pacific Railroad, Inc.

3220 State Street
Suite 200
Salem, OR 97301

Customer Service
Phone: (800) 757-7387 Ext. 7697
pnwr-cs@gwrr.com

 

General Manager:
Kevin Haugh
Phone: (503) 480-7765

Assistant General Manager:
Kirk Bedford
Phone: (503) 480-7783

Vice President, Sales & Marketing:
Kimberly Thompson
Phone: (503) 480-7791

 

 

 

Director, Engineering:
Woody Ehrhart
Phone: (503) 480-7764

Commercial Support Manager:
Christy Wells
Phone: (904) 900-6285

 

Real Estate

Right of Entry and Accessing Property

Access G&W property for digging, surveys, drilling, soil sampling and monitoring. Permissions and right of entry permits are required before entering railroad property.

Procedures and Application

Utility Occupancies - Pipelines

Pipelines that go over, under and on railroad property may include natural gas, petroleum, water and sewer.

Restrictions apply, prior to submitting application contact Regional Manager.

Procedures and Application

Utility Occupancies - Wirelines

Wire lines and cable crossings that go over, under and on railroad property may include coaxial cables, copper telephone wires, electrical distribution and transmisison lines.

Restrictions apply, prior to submitting application contact Regional Manager.

Procedures and Application

Utility Occupancies - Fiber Optic

Fiber optic wire lines and cable crossings that go over, under and on railroad property.

Restrictions apply, prior to submitting application contact Regional Manager.

Procedures and Application

Grade Crossings

Public and Private road crossings over G&W tracks.

Restrictions apply, prior to submitting application contact Regional Manager.

Procedures and Application

Track Leases

Lease G&W or industry-owned track for railcar service and/or storage.

Restrictions apply, prior to submitting application contact Regional Manager.

Procedures and Application

Land Leases

Lease G&W land parcels.

Restrictions apply, prior to submitting application contact Regional Manager.

Procedures and Application

Land Leases for Signs

Lease G&W land parcels for the installation of signs.

Restrictions apply, prior to submitting application contact Regional Manager.

Procedures and Application

Insurance Requirements

When working within the railroad right of way or for personal use of grade crossings applicants are required to obtain and provide proof of Railroad Protective Liability Insurance.

Insurance Requirements

Real Estate Manager

Buck Workman Manager - Real Estate
Real Estate Department
Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.
13901 Sutton Park Dr., S., Suite 160
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Phone: (904) 999-3999
Email: buck.workman@gwrr.com