Biography of Olympic Peninsula Railroads
© 1997, Ken Secrest. All rights reserved.
Additional information supplied by Jim Moore (printed in italics)
- Seattle & North Coast Railroad Company Reporting marks SNCT. Incorporated September 20,
1979. Operated March 24, 1980 through June 2, 1984. Court ordered to
abandon, and dissolve corporation December 17, 1984. The assets were
offered publicly by the Trustee, with an ending date of January 21, 1985.
No proposals were received. The assets were then liquidated. The railroad
- The Olympic Railroad Company Reporting marks OLYR. The Olympic operated the
terminal trackage at Port Townsend and was organized to provide rail
service to the Port Townsend Paper Company mill. It began operation in
June of 1988 using EMD SW1 #52 (exSNCT #52). Date of official cessation of
operations is not known. Port Townsend area and mill trackage was removed
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St.Paul & Pacific Railroad Company Incorporated March 31, 1927 to operate
reorganized Chicago, Milwaukee & St.Paul Ry. Officially began
operating January 13, 1928. Filed voluntary petition to reorganize
December 19, 1977. Embargoed operations of "Lines West"
effective 12:01AM March 1, 1980. Court Approves abandonment of all Lines
West of Miles City, Mt., April 2, 1980. Sold to SOO Line RR becomes The
Milwaukee Road, Inc., February 19, 1985. Absorbed into SOO Line RR January
- Chicago, Milwaukee & St.Paul Railway Company Name changed from Milwaukee & St.Paul
Railway Company February 11, 1874. Voted by Board of Directors to enter
receivership March 17,1925. Deeded to Chicago, Milwaukee, St.Paul &
Pacific RR December 31, 1927.
- Seattle, Port Angeles & Western Railway Company Subsidiary company of the Chicago, Milwaukee,
St.Paul & Pacific RR. Incorporated January 20, 1915. Operated April
10, 1915 through December 31, 1918. Acquired by Chicago, Milwaukee &
St.Paul Ry December 31, 1918. Became the CM&St.P RY Olympic Division
January 1, 1919.
- Seattle, Port Angeles & Lake Crescent Railway Company Name change from Port Ludlow, Port Angeles &
Lake Crescent Ry December 19, 1911. Deeded to Seattle, Port Angeles &
Western Ry January 25, 1915.
- Port Ludlow, Port Angeles & Lake Crescent Railway Company Incorporated November 27, 1911. Name change to
Seattle, Port Angeles & Lake Crescent Ry December 19, 1911.
- Port Townsend Railroad
Port Townsend Southern Ry renamed Port Townsend RR January 1, 1945. Sold
to Chicago, Milwaukee, St.Paul & Pacific RR May 30, 1975. Last day
operated June 5, 1975.
- Port Townsend Southern Railroad Company Operated May 28, 1929 through December 31, 1944.
Name change to Port Townsend RR January 1, 1945.
- Port Townsend & Puget Sound Railway Company Leased Port Townsend Southern RR May 31, 1914.
Operated June 1, 1914 through May 27, 1929. Property reverted back to Port
Townsend Southern RR May 28, 1929.
- Port Townsend Southern Railroad Company Chartered August 19, 1887. Incorporated
September 28, 1887. Operated August 30, 1890 through May 31, 1914. Leased
to Port Townsend & Puget Sound Ry May 31, 1914.
- Port Angeles Western Railroad Company Incorporated February 11, 1925. Acquired Clallam
County RR unknown date. (Sometime after late February to mid-year of
1925.) Operated August 25, 1925 into 1950. Disque mp 68.2 to Port Angeles
mp 50.6 leased from CMSt.P&P RR. (Unknown when lease consummated. Only
hint located is possibly 1938.) (CMSt.P&P and PAW trains on that
trackage dispatched thereafter by PAW.) Not operated during 1951. Trustee
appointed March 24, 1952. Abandonment approved October 22, 1953. Abandoned
November 20, 1953.
- Clallam County Railroad
Owned by U.S. Spruce Corporation, an agency of the Federal Government.
Spruce was a vital component of World War One airplane construction. Begun
in 1917. Scheduled to start official operation November 30, 1918. Not
operated due to WWI ending November 11, 1918. Sold to Port Angeles Western
RR after February 26, 1925.
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