The Mill City Branch

Albany to Idahna, Oregon

—  ICC Abandonment Filings  —

Southern Pacific Railroad
Docket: 26513 2/1/1971 Section: 1(18)
Application for authority to abandon the end portion of the Mill City Branch, Oregon Division, between MP 725.71 and MP 727.88, a distance of 2.17 miles, at or near Mill City In Linn and Marlon Counties, Oregon.
Length: 2.170 miles Citation:  

—  User Comments  —

The "Mill City Branch" was built as the eastern portion of the Oregon Pacific Railroad (1880-1893), which ran from Yaquina City to Idanha and was intended to be the western portion of an unfinished transcontinental railroad project. It was later sold to A. B. Hammond, who in turn sold it to the Southern Pacific. As can be seen from the notices above, the S.P. began trimming the railroad back.

Scott Gavin
Klamath Falls, OR

Several portions of ROW and a few trestle bents can still be seen between Mill City bridge and the dam. During dam construction it must have been a busy line and It is still obvious in Gates where the three tracks were used for switching. The interesting Phoenix truss parallel chord RR bridge remains for pedestrian use at right angle to an old polygonal truss road bridge.

At low water the site of old Detroit can be seen in the dry lake bed. Foundations are covered because of silt being dumped when the river hits the lake but I can still pick out the turntable pit.

Kenn Lantz
Clackamas, OR