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22 October 2017

New pages:

Goose Lake Railway #2422
Lake Railway #1259, #1270, #4001, #4031

Updated pages:

Goose Lake Railway and Predecessors homepage.



8 April 2017

New pages:

Driving the Owyhee Dam Railroad Grade today
Oregon Eastern #2171
Oregon Eastern #2182
Winter of 2016-2017 on the Oregon Eastern

Updated pages:

Oregon Eastern Division of Wyoming/Colorado homepage, mostly updated locomotive roster information.
Oregon Eastern #1608
Oregon Eastern #2072
Malheur Railroad homepage, updated locomotive roster information.
Oregon & Northwestern/Edward Hines homepage, updated mostly locomotive roster information.
Edward Hines #529



17 September 2016


New page added for the forthcoming Eastern Oregon Shortline Railroads book:

Eastern Oregon Shortline Railroads



17 May 2015


Dick Roth has released a second edition of his The Central Railroad of Oregon. Information and a flyer can be found on the following page:

Central Railroad of Oregon

New pages:

Wallowa Union Railroad homepage, with a couple tributary pages.
Owyhee Dam Railroad homepage
Intermountain Western homepage
Lake Railroad #2802

Updated pages:

Union Railroad of Oregon homepage, mostly roster information for #2.
Lake Railroad homepage



18 March 2014

High Desert Rails is pleased to be part of the availability of two new books on railroads this website profiles. The first is Oregon & Northwestern Railroad by Wayne I. Monger and I, published back in November by Arcadia Publishing Company. The book can be ordered direct from Arcadia or nearly anyplace else where books are sold. Information on the book can be found on Arcadia's website at the following:

Oregon & Northwestern Railroad

The second book is The Central Railroad of Oregon by Dick Roth. High Desert Rails has added a page off of our Union Railroad of Oregon page about this book:

Central Railroad of Oregon



5 January 2014

Again, quite a while since the last update.

New pages:

Idaho Northern & Pacific- New section, including several tributary pages.
Lake Railroad #2809
Photo page of UP's Joseph Branch
Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company #5
Brooks-Scanlon log flats at Collier Logging Museum
Brooks-Scanlon camp cars at High Desert Museum
Old Mill District in Bend



19 August 2012

First updates in quite a while. I apologize to all the fans of this site for the extended absence of new material.

New pages:

Sumpter Valley Railway- New section, including many tributary pages.
Union Railroad of Oregon Incentive Per Diem Boxcars
Union Railroad of Oregon- Trackage in Union

Updated pages:

Walla Walla Valley homepage
City of Prineville homepage
Union Railroad of Oregon homepage
UP Coach on Union Railroad of Oregon
Big Creek & Telocaset homepage
Big Creek & Telocaset locomotive #106
Union Pacific Shaniko Branch

A large number of broken external links have also been fixed or removed.



10 November 2010

First off, a special thank you to all Veterans for your service to this country.

New pages:

Big Creek & Telocaset today
Klamath Northern #204
Klamath Northern snowplow
Klamath Northern Freights with #205
Klamath Northern Freights with #207
Blue Mountain Railroad
Walla Walla Valley

Updated pages:

Union Pacific page has been reorganized, with individual pages established for the mainline and each branchline. Several new pages for branchlines not previously covered have been added.
BNSF & Predecessors homepage
Condon, Kinzua & Southern homepage
Condon, Kinzua & Southern railbus #5
Big Creek & Telocaset homepage
Lake County Railroad locomotive roster
Lake County Railroad #700
Lake County Railroad #1761
Klamath Northern homepage
Klamath Northern #205
Klamath Northern #206
Klamath Northern #207
Modoc Northern homepage



16 April 2010

New pages:

Scrapping O&NW #2
Building Union Pacific Crane Branch
UP Coach on Union Railroad of Oregon
Union Railroad of Oregon- Along the Line
Union Railroad of Oregon- Union Sawmill
Union Railroad of Oregon- Switching the Sawmill

Updated pages:

Condon, Kinzua & Southern Homepage
Great Western/Lake County/Lake Homepage
Union Railroad of Oregon Homepage
Union Railroad of Oregon #1
Southern Pacific Homepage
City of Prineville Homepage



15 November 2009

Oregon & Northwestern #2, which has been stored near Portland for a number of years, is in the process of being scrapped. Several pages in the Oregon & Northwestern section have been updated to reflect this development.

Updated pages:

Oregon & Northwestern Homepage
Oregon & Northwestern #2
Baldwin Rescue- Epilogue



14 September 2009

Special Notice

An existing Yahoo! group has been modified to include all eastern Oregon shortlines, both current and historical. The name of the group is EORS, which stands for Eastern Oregon Shortlines. A Yahoo! membership is required to join. A hot link to the group has been added to the front page of this website. Please consider joining in on the discussion of these railroads.

Updated pages:

Southern Pacific Homepage
Union Pacific Homepage



11 September 2009

New pages:

Lake Railroad #4263



28 June 2009

Another brief update.

New pages:

Burlington Northern in Bend in the 1970's
Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company #8
Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company #101
Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company Tracklayer

Updated pages:

Modoc Northern Homepage
Lake County Homepage
Weyerhaeuser #102




2 March 2009

We have a brief update for today.

New pages:

Condon, Kinzua & Southern Railbus #7
Cliff West photos of the City of Prineville
Edward Hines Lumber Co. 2-8-0 #529

Updated pages:

Condon, Kinzua & Southern Homepage
Condon, Kinzua & Southern Railbus #5
Kinzua Pine Mills Heisler #102
Condon, Kinzua & Southern #104
City of Prineville Homepage
Lake County Railroad Homepage




15 October 2007

This round of updates completes the photographs provided by Wayne Monger, with these images focusing on the Oregon Eastern Division of the Wyoming/Colorado Railroad. High Desert Rails also recently obtained a huge collection of slides taken by the late John Henderson that feature many of the railroads covered in this website. The first of these- images from the Condon, Kinzua & Southern Railroad- are included in this round. The sheer volume of slides will keep us busy for years to come.

New pages in the Condon, Kinzua & Southern section:

Tracks in Thirty Mile Canyon
Tracks around Condon
Kinzua sawmill
Trackage around Kinzua Mill
Kinzua Enginehouse
Miscellaneous Maintenance-of-Way
CK&S Flatcar
Ballast Hopper
Side Dump Hoppers
Snowplow
Mack Railbus #5

In addition, the Condon, Kinzua & Southern/Kinzua Pine Mills front page has been extensively re-worked, with much new information provided. Additional photos have also been added to the following page:

Heisler #102

New pages in the Oregon Eastern Division of the Wyoming/Colorado Railroad section:

Locomotive #1608
WYCO Freight Operations
Scrapping the Burns Branch- WYCO
UP Scrapping the Burns Branch

Updated pages in the Oregon Eastern Division of the Wyoming/Colorado Railroad section:

1990 Re-Railment Special

The long-promised Sumpter Valley page is likely to come next, although we admit we have said that before. The remainder of the John Henderson slides cover a wide variety of subjects, including the City of Prineville, Oregon California & Eastern, Union Railroad of Oregon, Klamath Northern, Mt. Emily Lumber, and a huge volume of work of the Union Pacific in the Blue Mountains and on the Condon Branch.

Thank you for looking!



1 April 2007

As promised back in January, here are some more Wayne Monger photos, plus some bonus material from Cliff West. This update will focus on the Oregon & Northwestern.

New pages:

Wayne Monger Oregon & Northwestern Photos from the 1970's
2nd to Last O&NW Freight
Saving the O&NW Baldwins
O&NW Roster Shots by Cliff West


3 January 2007

Other projects have kept us away from this web site for a full year now. We are back with a new round of updates.

New pages:

Union Pacific Burns Branch photos, February 1984
Lake County M-O-W Equipment

New photos or update information:

Oregon California & Eastern/Weyerhaeuser Cabooses
Oregon California & Eastern Boxcars
Oregon California & Eastern Maintenance of Way has been broken up into separate pages.
Oregon California & Eastern History, 1925-1975
Oregon California & Eastern History, 1975-1985
Union Pacific Front Page
Lake County Railroad Front Page
Lake County Railroad Locomotive #1761

Additional updates covering the Sumpter Valley, Oregon & Northwestern, and Oregon Eastern Division of the Wyoming/Colorado Railroad will be made in the very near future.


13 January 2006

New sections:

Lake County Railroad- January 2006 Derailment


10 January 2006

New sections:

Big Creek & Telocaset
Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Predecessors
Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company
Klamath Northern
Mount Emily Lumber Company
Modoc Northern
Oregon Pacific
Shevlin-Hixon Lumber Company

High Desert Rails now has pages up for all railroads we wanted to cover except for the Sumpter Valley. A page featuring that railroad will be added as time permits. We also have more material to add to the existing pages on the same schedule. Thanks for looking, and be sure to drop us a line if you have any questions/comments.



30 October 2005

New pages:

City of Prineville Railroad- Current Freight Operations
City of Prineville Railroad- Two GP-20's Together
Weyerhaeuser Timber Company Locomotive #6

New photos or update information:

Weyerhaeuser Timber Company #4
Weyerhaeuser Timber Company Commute Coaches
Oregon, California & Eastern/WTCX Maintenance-of-Way



22 October 2005

New pages:

Oregon Eastern locomotive #2072
Lake County Railroad locomotive #1761

New photos or update information:

Oregon Eastern Division, Wyoming/Colorado Railroad



15 October 2005

New sections:

Nevada-California-Oregon
Harriman's Cross-State Railroad
Southern Pacific
Lake County Railroad



31 July 2005

New section: City of Prineville Railroad



16 July 2005

New Pages:

Oregon, California & Eastern slug #7607
Weyerhaeuser Woods Railroad Locomotive #312
Leased Locomotives on the Oregon, California & Eastern
Weyerhaeuser Timber Company Outfit Cars

New Photos or Information on these pages:

Oregon, California & Eastern Locomotive #7601
Oregon, California & Eastern Locomotive #7602
Oregon, California & Eastern Locomotive #7604
Oregon, California & Eastern Locomotive #7605
Oregon, California & Eastern Locomotive #7909
Weyerhaeuser Woods Railroad Locomotive #102
Weyerhaeuser Woods Railroad Locomotive #103
Weyerhaeuser Woods Railroad Locomotive #105
Weyerhaeuser Woods Railroad Locomotive #310
Oregon California & Eastern- Maintenance of Way
Oregon California & Eastern- Cabooses



15 July 2005

Major update with a lot of new information to the Union Railroad of Oregon page.



4 June 2005

New Pages:

Oregon California & Eastern Time Table and Train Orders
Wyoming/Colorado Railroad- Empty Roadbed
Wyoming/Colorado Railroad Locomotive #6083

New Photos or Information on these pages:

Oregon California & Eastern- Maintenance of Way
Oregon California & Eastern- Cabooses
Oregon California & Eastern- Log Cars
Oregon California & Eastern- Commute Cars
Oregon & Northwestern- Summit Station
Oregon Eastern Division, Wyoming/Colorado Railroad Home Page



22 May 2005

New section: Oregon Eastern Division, Wyoming/Colorado Railroad

New Photos or Information on these pages:

Oregon & Northwestern Homepage
Oregon & Northwestern- Summit Station



21 May 2005

New section:

Jack Bowden's Oregon California & Eastern Photos

New Pages:

Oregon California & Eastern #2904
Weyerhaeuser Timber Company 2nd #3
Weyerhaeuser Timber Company #8
Weyerhaeuser Timber Company Commute Coaches
Union Pacific Heppner Branch Photos by Marc Entze
Condon Kinzua & Southern Today
Kinzua Mural

New Photos or Information on these pages:

Oregon California & Eastern Homepage
Oregon California & Eastern #2950
Oregon California & Eastern #2954
Oregon California & Eastern #7909
Weyerhaeuser Timber Company #4
Oregon California & Eastern Cabooses
Weyerhaeuser Timber Company Log Cars
Oregon California & Eastern Cabooses
Oregon California & Eastern Maintenance-of-Way



15 May 2005

New section: Union Pacific

New section: Malheur Railroad

New section: Oregon & Northwestern/Edward Hines Lumber Company



26 March 2005

More aerial photos by Louis K. Thelen



20 March 2005

New page for Louis K. Thelen photos of the Oregon California & Eastern

Photo added to Oregon California & Eastern #7601



5 March 2005

Oregon California & Eastern section added

New page for Condon Kinzua & Southern/Kinzua Pine Mills 3-truck Shay #3

Photos added to Condon Kinzua & Southern/Kinzua Pine Mills 3-truck Heisler #102



16 January 2005

New Page as of today.