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On August 18, 1995, Genesee and Wyoming Inc, created a second Oregon railroad company, called the Portland and Western.
The P&W leased the last 53 miles of Southern Pacific branch lines that had not been sold or abandoned.
The Willamette & Pacific name and logo can still be found on a number of locomotives, buildings, equipment and documents, however.
The Willamette and Pacific was initially incorporated in 1993 to lease about 185 miles of track from the Southern Pacific, who was anxious to get out from under the low traffic volume area.
The WPRR, which was lead by Bob Melbo, was based out of Albany where it would build locomotive and car repair facilities by 1994.
WPRR initially began to operate on the Southern Pacific Toledo branch line, which exclusively served the Toledo paper mill, and on the old SP branch lines that ran as far north as Newberg.
On October 1, 1995, the P&W also leased the remaining Burlington Northern trackage in Washington County and Marion County north of Quinaby, except for the closed Bower's Junction to United Junction section.
Today, the property is technically owned by the state, but the track is owned and operated by the Portland & Western. It starts out showing the Mac Switcher finishing switching the Mc Minnville Cascade Steel mill, then follows the train to Newberg where it switches out the Newsprint Paper Mill cars and then follows it on it's return run to Mc Minnville.Plus a short Video clip of the , based out of Greenwich, Connecticut.Today, total mileage, including trackage rights over operational Union Pacific and BNSF mainlines is over 523 miles.The PNWR serves at least 135 customers and rail shipments have increased and improved since the days when the Southern Pacific and BNSF operated these lines.