The Airlie Branch
|Southern Pacific Railroad|
|Docket: AB-12 Sub 12||9/4/1973||Section: 1(18)|
|Application for authority to abandon its Perrydale Branch In Polk County, Oregon, between the point of initial switch at MP 737.69, at or near Broadmead, and the end of the branch at MP 739.90, at or near Perrydale, a distance of 2.21 mi.|
|Length: 2.210 miles||Citation:|
Dismantling of this line started in the 1920s and was probably mostly done by the 1930s. I'm not sure of the history, I know this line was acquired by the Southern Pacific. Judging by the grade traces that remain I think this line started out as a narrow gauge. I read that is was promoted to a rich Scotsman, the Earl of Arlie. That would explain the Scottish names along the way. Dundee was originally called Dundee Junction. The line was to extend east to Silverton. The rails made it to the river but they never built the bridge over the Willamette.
Yes, this was part of the narrow-gauge Oregonian Railway, purchased by SP around 1907 or so. This line branched off from the mainline to Sheridan at Broadmead, just north of Perrydale (and just south of the Yamhill County line).
The Perrydale train station is critically endangered. It is sinking into boggy soil and leaning. It may collapse in the next big windstorm, or even sooner. If you want to see this depot, possibly the oldest train station in Oregon, go RIGHT NOW to see it. Perrydale is a small village and you can't miss it. It stands next to Elliot's Feed & Seed building.
Unfortunately it doesn't look like anyone has the money to preserve this wonderful little building. If you do want to adopt it, Polk County will give it to you for free.
The diamond site crossing of the Valley and Siletz is still evident a short distance north of Airlie.