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Valley & Siletz Railway
Created 10/12/06
This old baggage car and locomotive tender sit outside of the then Willamette Valley Railway shops in
Independence. This was once the site of the V&S shops, and that is the old engine house that used to
service them in the background. Inside of the engine house when this photo was taken was a steam
locomotive, that used to run on the Santa Maria Valley RR in California. Out of the picture to the right
was a dilapidated diesel locomotive that used to run on SP lines and was still decorated as such. The
Valley & Siletz rail yards took up slightly more than one square city block. The rail yards were
bordered by Boatlanding Street to the North, Picture Street to the south, Walnut Street to the west,
and Log Cabin Street to the east.(7/94)
Along The Line
This ex-Valley & Siletz boxcar, still sporting the original Boise Cascade paint job, was seen at the Albany
yards getting ready to ship out. Note the new reporting marks of SRY. (1/1/98)
These concrete tiers used to be the trestle that crossed the mouth of Ritner Creek at the junction with the
Luckiamute River. The old covered highway bridge, which is now a county park, is out of the picture to
the left. (8/94)
This former trestle site can be found along the Hoskins-Valsetz Road, at the first crossing of the
Luckiamute River. (7/94)
Although hard to spot, in the center of this picture is one of the trestle tiers for the Luckiamute crossing
on the east side of Fisherman's Camp. Private Property does make this spot difficult to photograph.
Unfortunately, there are no remains of the trestle crossing the Luckiamute River on the west side of
Fisherman's camp. But, there is a lot of spikes and such in the river. Fisherman's Camp was at one time
a logging camp that served the Spauliding Company in their logging operations of this area. (4/4/97)
When the Valley & Siletz Line was pulled up, the wooden beams for the 2nd crossing of the Luckiamute
River west of Fisherman's Camp were left on the stretch of grade between the two trestles west of
Fisherman's Camp. This is a picture of one of those beams. Why they were not taken at this particular
spot I do not know. (6/5/99)
Here are some more of the wooden trestle remains on the grade following abandonment. (6/5/99)
Looking northeast at the second crossing of the Luckiamute River, just west of Fisherman's Camp. Notice
that the concrete tiers remain in place. Since the wooden beams lie on the grade just to the east, It would
have been nice if they had not bothered removing them at all. (6/5/99)
Looking north at the second crossing of the Luckiamute River, just west of Fisherman's Camp. The log
does add to the imagination. (6/5/99)
Here is the base of the west concrete tier at this crossing. The water was quite refreshing on this day.
Here is another shot of the second crossing of the Luckiamte River, just west of Fisherman's Camp. This
trestle is approximately 0.5 miles west of Gage Road on the Valsetz Mainline. (6/5/99)
The last shot of this trestle is looking at the concrete tiers from grade level. (6/5/99)
Old trestle piling that was bypassed when V&S rebuilt their grade and bypassed many trestles. This one
is located about 0.6 miles west of the 1610 Road. (4/4/97)
East side trestle abutment at the Luckiamute crossing, just south of Wolf Creek. Note the row of cut
trestle piling still standing in front of the abutment. (4/4/97)
Another shot of the east side trestle abutment across the Luckiamute River. Just above the grade, the
road makes a turn to the north to follow the ridge line. (4/4/97)
Here are the piling in the Luckiamute River at the crossing just south of Wolf Creek. Note not only the cut
piling in the center of the stream on the right side of the photo, but the next row of piling at the streams
edge where the fill comes in on the east side. Also, there is one more cut piling in the picture above that
row to the left. (4/4/97)
Here is a close-up of the abutment, the complete first row of piling, and the next row of piling on the west
side of the Luckiamute River, just south of Wolf Creek. (4/4/97)
Another look at the remains of this trestle across the Luckiamute River. (4/4/97)
Former trestle site crossing the Luckiamute River near where Miller Creek enters the Luckiamute. Note
the abutment still in place in the background of the photo. (6/94)
Same site looking at the middle of the Luckiamute River. Note the cut trestle pilings still sitting in the
concrete slabs. I tried finding this site once again in 2004, but was unsuccessful due to the dramatic
changes in the river that seem to have occurred following the 1996 storms. (6/94)
These trestle pilings and concrete slabs were found at the last crossing that the railroad made with the
Luckiamute River. Again, so much has changed at this site through the years that it is unrecognizable
today. (6/94)
Here is a later view of the engine house and yards. The old SP engine can be seen sitting on the siding.
Note also that the baggage car is sitting in the same place that it was 4 years prior. This view is looking
directly north. (9/1/98)
This view is looking at the back of the engine house from the intersection of Walnut St. and Picture St.
Note that the old Santa Maria Valley tender is now sitting in back of the engine house and is uncovered.
The rail yard for the Valley and Siletz had the track running in a NE-SW direction. (9/1/98)
Here are some random pieces of RR equipment on the NW corner of the railyard property. Note the old
speeder car to the right of the signpost. There is also a stack of ties on the right side of the photo.
Looking SW near the intersection of Walnut and Picture Streets. This is where the rail yards began on the
lower half, and would be the direction trains from Valsetz would approach from. The track itself is crossing
Picture Street. (9/1/98)
Here is a shot of the water car and the tender sitting behind the engine house. (9/1/98)
Another shot of the tank car. (9/1/98)
In this shot the lettering for the Valley & Siletz can still be seen on the car. Since the car is also lettered
for Maintenance of Way, and it has a pump on top, it is likely that it was used for fire duties. This is
especially likely considering the number of miles that the railroad had to travel through the dry forest
during the summer. (9/1/98)
Here is where the rails ended, just short of making it to Williams Street. The engine house can be seen in
the background. (9/1/98)
Once the railroad crossed Monmouth Street, it ran beside 9th Street, on its east side, until the tracks
crossed F Street and entered the Mountain Fir Lumber Company grounds, where F Street ends. This tie
was left in the ground, and except for the remaining roadbed, is the only reminder that the grade was
here. The tie was about 20 feet back from F Street. (9/1/98)
This view is looking into the old Mountain Fir Lumber Company property from 9th Street. The old
company offices can partly be seen on the right side of the photo. The V&S grade is on the left, and the
lumber shed(?) is nearly straight ahead. Although the company had gone out of business when these
pictures were taken, the property is once again being used for lumber manufacturing. (9/1/98)
Looking at the large, assumed to be lumber shed, from the old company parking lot along F Street.
Looking at the lumber shed (?) and possibly dry kilns from the parking area. Unfortunately, these 2
buildings and the company office were the only buildings standing at this time. (9/1/98)
Looking again at what is probably the dry kilns, assumed so because of the brick. (9/1/98)
A close-up shot of what are probably the dry kilns. (9/1/98)
Looking east down F Street at the junction with 9th Street. The old RR crossing symbol stands faded
warning passers-by of the tracks that no longer exist. (9/1/98)
These pictures shown below are of the same trestle as above, but were taken just a little earlier, when the Luckiamute
River was really flowing. It is also interesting to note that in that one and a half month time frame a tree managed to fall
on top of the trestle. (4/24/99)
To Part II of the Valley & Siletz