Albany to Idahna

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The Mill City Branch

The abandoned railroad route between Albany and Idahna, known as The Mill City Branch, of which 13.27 miles have been abandoned, was once operated in Oregon by the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD
Docket Number: 7512 Date: 3/23/1929 Section: 1
App. for certificate to abandon a portion or its Mill City Branch between Albany and Shelburn, Linn County, Oregon, a distance of 13.27 miles.
Length: 13.27 miles Citation: 158 ICC 439  
SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD
Docket Number: 15233 Date: 3/15/1946 Section: 1
App. for authority to abandon that portion of the so-called Mill City Branch between Gates and Idanha, a distance of approximately 20.568 miles [Marion County, Oregon].
Length: 20.568 miles Citation: 267 ICC 278  
SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD
Docket Number: 20890 Date: 11/2/1959 Section: 1(18)
Appl. for auth. to abandon that portion of the Mill City Branch, Portland Division, betw. M.P. 727.883 at or near Mill City, and the end of such branch line at M.P. 730.161 at or near Gates, a distance of approx. 2.278 mi. in Marion County, Oreg., together with all sidings, spur tracks and appurtenances.
Length: 2.278 miles Citation:  
SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD
Docket Number: 22421 Date: 1/11/1963 Section: 1(18)
Applic. for auth. to aband. the line and operation of that portion of the Mill City Branch, Portland Divn., near Mill City and the end of the branch line, a distance of approx. 2.278 mi., in Marion County, Oregon, together with all sidings, spur tracks and appurtenances.
Length: 2.278 miles Citation:  
SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD
Docket Number: 26513 Date: 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: 2.17 miles Citation:  

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
6/13/2013

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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
9/27/2015

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