The abandoned railroad route between Beaverton and Cheshire, known as The West Side Branch, of which 5.409 miles have been abandoned, was once operated in Oregon by the Southern Pacific Railroad.
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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).
Do you have any pictures or information about The West Side Branch? Please