Re: Oregon lumber traffic


Larry Rice
 

Greetings,

Freight traffic to, from, and via the SP&S and especially its Oregon Electric Willamette Valley lines has been an intense interest of mine for over 15 years. I offer the following information for those who are interested in lumber and plywood shipments originating in the Willamette Valley. Carloads of lumber and plywood originating on Oregon Electric served Willamette Valley points during 1960 and 1961 with general routings and regional destinations are shown below. The information comes from SP&S Traffic Department monthly and annual traffic reports owned by the SP&S Historical Society and housed at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archives.


For the Oregon Electric excluding the Forest Grove branch during 1960…
Total lumber carloads originating - 10,932.
Transcontinental destinations via SP&S and the Pasco NP, Scribner/Yardley NP, or Spokane GN gateways - 7,993.
Transcontinental destinations via SP&S GN WP route – 600.
Transcontinental destinations via Portland and GN – 81.
Transcontinental destinations via Portland and NP – 63.
Carloads interchanged to the SP at Lebanon or Eugene – 134.
Calif., Ariz., Nevada, and Utah destinations via SP&S GN WP – 848.
Northwest destinations via the SP&S – 843.
Northwest destinations via the GN – 191.
Northwest destinations via the NP – 179.


For the Oregon Electric excluding the Forest Grove branch during 1961…
Total lumber carloads originating – 11,160.
Transcontinental destinations via SP&S and the Pasco NP, Scribner/Yardley NP, or Spokane GN gateways – 7,596.
Transcontinental destinations via SP&S GN WP route – 773.
Transcontinental destinations via Portland and GN – 102.
Transcontinental destinations via Portland and NP – 93.
Carloads interchanged to the SP at Lebanon or Eugene – 269.
Calif., Ariz., Nevada, and Utah destinations via SP&S GN WP – 1,153.
Northwest destinations via the SP&S – 775.
Northwest destinations via the GN – 211.
Northwest destinations via the NP – 188.


For the Oregon Electric excluding the Forest Grove branch during 1961…
Total Plywood carloads originating – 11,847.
Transcontinental destinations via SP&S and the Pasco NP, Scribner/Yardley NP, or Spokane GN gateways – 9,603.
Transcontinental destinations via SP&S GN WP route – 224.
Transcontinental destinations via Portland and GN – 49.
Transcontinental destinations via Portland and NP – 107.
Carloads interchanged to the SP at Lebanon or Eugene – 33.
Calif., Ariz., Nevada, and Utah destinations via SP&S GN WP – 415.
Northwest destinations via the SP&S – 438.
Northwest destinations via the GN – 251.
Northwest destinations via the NP – 727.

The same information is available for each station on the Oregon Electric, an example is provided below…

For all mills in Eugene for 1960…
Total lumber carloads originating – 3,526.
Transcontinental destinations via SP&S and the Pasco NP, Scribner/Yardley NP, or Spokane GN gateways – 2,283. 
Transcontinental destinations via SP&S GN WP route – 255.
Transcontinental destinations via Portland and GN – 11.
Transcontinental destinations via Portland and NP – 6.
Carloads interchanged to the SP at Lebanon or Eugene – 1.
Calif., Ariz., Nevada, and Utah destinations via SP&S GN WP – 286.
Northwest destinations via the SP&S – 514.
Northwest destinations via the GN – 76.
Northwest destinations via the NP – 94.

The same information is available for each mill on the OE, a pair of examples are included below…

For Cuddeback Lumber Co. in Eugene for 1961…
Total lumber carloads originating – 579.
Transcontinental destinations via SP&S and the Pasco NP, Scribner/Yardley NP, or Spokane GN gateways – 241. 
Transcontinental destinations via SP&S GN WP route – 109.
Transcontinental destinations via Portland and GN – 0.
Transcontinental destinations via Portland and NP – 2.
Carloads interchanged to the SP at Lebanon or Eugene – 0.
Calif., Ariz., Nevada, and Utah destinations via SP&S GN WP – 112.
Northwest destinations via the SP&S – 82.
Northwest destinations via the GN – 20.
Northwest destinations via the NP – 13.

For Bauman Lumber Co. in Waterloo Oregon (Santiam branch) for 1961…
Total lumber carloads originating – 1857.
Transcontinental destinations via SP&S and the Pasco NP, Scribner/Yardley NP, or Spokane GN gateways – 1380. 
Transcontinental destinations via SP&S GN WP route – 52.
Transcontinental destinations via Portland and GN – 38.
Transcontinental destinations via Portland and NP – 11.
Carloads interchanged to the SP at Lebanon or Eugene – 33.
Calif., Ariz., Nevada, and Utah destinations via SP&S GN WP – 267.
Northwest destinations via the SP&S – 39.
Northwest destinations via the GN – 32.
Northwest destinations via the NP – 5.

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A few notes… The total lumber or plywood carloads from the OE in the Willamette Valley routed via the inside gateway would be the total of the third and seventh lines in the examples above. Northwest destinations are defined in this data as points in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Idaho, extreme western Montana and southwestern Alberta. Transcontinental destinations are all points east of the identified Northwest destinations but DO NOT include points in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Cars interchanged to the SP at Lebanon or Eugene are traveling on OE waybills, thus the count DOES NOT include the large numbers of cars loaded for and interchanged to the SP per the open reciprocal agreements and therefore moving on SP waybills as originating carrier. Similar information is available for the OE for most of the fifties, but it will require a return to the PNRA to pull the appropriate SP&S/OE file.


Larry Rice
Port Townsend  WA









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