Sellwood Yacht Club
Willamette Shore Trolley
|The Willamette Shore Trolley runs from Portland south
to Lake Oswego. Originally constructed in the 1880's, it served as an electric
Trolley line until 1929. SP Red Electrics once ran on that line. After 1929,
the line served as a freight line for SP until 1984, at which time SP abandoned
the line and it was taken over by the State. Historic trolley cars are now
run on that line by the Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society. More detailed
information can be
found at their website.
There are three remaining wigwags on that line, all of which operate and have uniquely painted banners. All three are of the classic "SP" style installation, and still have their Magnetic Signal cases. Thanks to Russell Myjak for sending in photos.
A video of one of these
wigwags was posted to YouTube
by deloreanman14 - click logo below to view:
Update - 7/08
This wigwag was damaged and removed from service. Brian Sopke, Roadmaster for the
Willamette Shore Trolley explains...
The wig-wag located at Willamette Park (Nebraska Street) has been removed
from service as of April 2008. We believe that a garbage truck hit the wig-wag
doing fatal damage to the mechanism. It was decided by those in charge to remove
it as replacement parts are scarce. The crossing is now a 4-way stop. Our head
signal guy and I removed the mechanism from the mast this past weekend.
The mast will be removed in the near future. Fortunately we still have the
other two wig-wags still doing their job for the forseeable future.
Close up of the Magnetic Signal base at Riverwood. Only in the Pacific Northwest
would you find that much moss on a wigwag!
|The Willamette Trolley Line runs along the western
shore of the river. It closely parallels Highway 43. The three wigwags are
closer to the center of the line near the Sellwood Bridge. (2 north of bridge,
and one south)
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