Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sample the Salmonberry River Railroad Trail on coast - Full Article

William L. Sullivan, Special to the Statesman Journal
November 11, 2015

Steel rails hang in the air above the raging Salmonberry River. Floods damaged this railroad line northeast of Tillamook beyond repair, but the historic track may live again as Oregon’s next spectacular rails-to-trails conversion project.

Already hikers can follow the historic line 4.8 miles upriver, over abandoned trestles and steel bridges, to a water tank where steam locomotives once stocked up before tackling the Coast Range grade.

The fires and waters that mark its history

Built in 1906-1911 by the Pacific Railway & Navigation Company, the line had initials (PN&R) that soon inspired the nickname “Punk, Nasty & Rotten” because of the area’s rainy climate. Even before the Southern Pacific took over in 1916, excursion trains were hauling Portlanders to vacations at Rockway Beach and Bayocean...

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