Wednesday, September 2, 1998
P&W engineer Bob Slover of Woodland, rolls a diesel electric GP-9 road/switch engine down the "A" line from Rainier to the Ft. James paper mill at Wauna. The locomotive was hauling an empty-center beam flat car for loading at the Stimpson lumber mill in Clatskanie, plus two hopper cars full of a special clay for paper making. Two empties were then picked up at the Ft. James plant. Slover is operating the locomotive 'backward' because there are no 'wye' nor turntable facilities on the line. Slover trades duties with fellow engineer and brakeman/conductor Bernard Carlton. 'It gives us a chance for exercise after the sedentary life behind the throttle,' he said.
- Koppers Industry - RR materials and the tars & treatments for ties & poles
- Mobile Petroleum - ships clays and chlorines for paper mills
- Corn syrup & starch from Archer Daniels Midland to Steinfeld
- Armstrong ceilings
- McCormick pole & piling
- Letica Plastics
- Boise Cascade
- Friesen Lumber
- Lumber to and from Dixie Line
- Coastal chemicals - fertilizers
- Potential Morse Bros. rock and gravel
- USG at Rainier - center-load flat cars for Sheetrock
- Stimson Lumber
- Crystal Ocean Foods
- Fort James Paper
In addition to shipping, P&W also stores rail cars. "You may have noticed all those blue Alaska Railroad box cars in the Rainier area," Walsh-Enloe said. "We are storing them for the Gunderson and Greenbrier shops south of Portland to be reconditioned."
The company also operates a major diesel maintenance shop that is used by other railroads.
"We are known for our reliable power," she said. "We do a lot of repair and maintenance for other companies. We have wheel lathes, and re-turn wheels in a contract with UP."
Walsh-Enloe says the staff and people in the communities are fond of the company's brightly painted engines.
"It costs about $12,600 to paint a locomotive - that will buy a lot of ties. It takes a little over 3,000 ties to a mile of track at $30 apiece. We paint about two locomotives per year."
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