|Southern Pacific Railroad|
|Docket: 19869||8/2/1957||Section: 1(18)|
|App. for auth. to abandon the line of railroad and operation of that portion of its so-called Westside Branch, extending from Mile Post 671.48 near Monroe, Ore, to the end of the branch at M.P. 662.44 near Cheshire, Ore. in Benton & Lane Counties, a distance of approx. 9.06 miles together with all sidings, spur track & appurtenances.|
|Length: 9.060 miles||Citation: 295 ICC 801|
Other parts of this line are also abandoned:
* Between Bertha and downtown Portland.
* Between Gaston and north of McMinnville.
The line from Corvallis about five miles south has been sold to a local farmer after Willamette & Pacific (Portland & Western) embargoed the "Bailey Branch", or the Lower Westside Line south of Corvallis. The first five miles are being rehabilitated; but the line south of his farm (near the Corvallis airport) will likely be abandoned, including the historical Bailey Branch out to the sawmill. Despite protests, the sawmill and the few other shippers simply aren't shipping enough for the line to be viable, and Benton County has expressed possible interest in buying the line, but just doesn't have the money (and has other priorities).
There are additional filings that should be listed here, from 2011, with regards to abandonment from Monroe to Greenberry, and from Alpine Jct. to Dawson. The owner railroad is Union Pacific.
The southern end of the Westside Branch terminated west of Eugene at Transfer on the Coos Bay Branch (as shown in the second filing).