Over the Line
We begin our trip east, by the front door, where the line swings
Southern Pacific line adjacent to the Medco mill. (This is the P&E
connection with the SP Siskiyou Line and interchange with the SP at Medford). The line passes between mill buildings,
crosses Hwy. 99, Bear Creek, I-5 and Biddle
as we proceed to Crater Yard. Crater
Yard is the western hub of operations.
When our train, The East Hauler, is ready we climb aboard and
yard east to White City. At White
City we pass through an
industrial area with lumber and saw mills.
We continue east crossing over Little Butte Creek, across Nick
Young Road and enter Eagle Point. Dispatch has given us a clear line for the
We slow as we pass through Eagle Point and begin to climb as we
east signal. We will stay on a continual
climb to Butte Falls
passing over several bridges and pass the first of three passing
sidings at Derby.
As we roll into Butte
we pass the “Y”, a small yard and a large sawmill.
The Butte Falls
area is fairly level with the grade increasing after we leave Butte
Falls on our final climb to
summit and the second of three passing sidings.
As we crest the summit we begin a long decent that will take our
to the Keno Loop, (on the far back wall) and the third of three passing
tracks. The bottom of the Keno Loop marks
the end of
our decent and the beginning of flat running to Pelican Yard in Klamath
Falls. As we do
so we will pass between several mills.
When we arrive at Klamath Falls
we turn our train over to the yard switcher. Pelican
Yard is the Eastern terminal and
engine service facility for the Pacific and Eastern. The
yard switcher will break down our train
making up two smaller trains that will send the cars to interchange at
the SP or BN yards.
If we have time to wait we can watch as the trains depart the
slowly cross the trestle and lift bridge that carries the trains over
Ewauna to the yards for continued movement east.