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The Northwest's Own Railway - The Official site of the SP&SHS

OUR PUBLICATION

Edward B. Stanton coined the phrase "The Northwest's Own Railway", which became the slogan of the SP&S. "The Nortwest's Own Railway" is also the official publication of the Spokane Portland and Seattle Railway Historical Society.

Published four times per year, articles come primarily from contributions from members. Subjects include motive power; freight and passenger equipment and operations; bridges, stations and structures, personal stories, and more. Anything related to the SP&S is welcome.

CURRENT ISSUE

The current issue of The Northwest's Own Railway includes the following content:

2002 #4 ($4.50)

  • Crown Zellerbach Electrics
  • Convention Report
  • 22600 & 22700 Series Chip Cars

BACK ISSUES

Below is a list of available back issues but also provides a basic index to articles. (There were no issues published during the year 2000.)

Issues 2003 No. 1, 2, and 3 are also available. Cost $4.50 each.

2002 #4 ($4.50)

  • Vancouver Freight House
  • Willbridge Wrangle

2002 #3 ($4.50)

  • 2002 Convention Report
  • Terminal Facilities
  • Chip cars 39000-39141 roster

2002 #2 ($4.50)

  • EMD switchers
  • Vernonia South Park & Sunset Roster

2002 #1 ($4.50)

  • Vernonia South Park & Sunset Part One
  • 39000 Series Woodchip Cars

2001 #4 ($4.50)

  • Albany Interchange (2 photos and foldout drawing)
  • Portland Store Coal Bin

2001 #3 ($4.50)

  • Orenco, Then and Now (4 photos)
  • SP&S Diesel Roster with Dispositions
  • Albany Fueling Facility (2 photos)

2001 #2 ($4.50)

  • "New" Oregon Electric Bridge at Wilsonville (6 photos)
  • Albany Depot Fire (8 photos)
  • FA1 866 Comes Home (4 photos)

2001 #1 ($4.50)

  • Oregon Trunk Primer (2 photos)
  • Oregon Trunk Shippers
  • 90 Years Ago on the OT

    1999, #4 ($4.50)
  • Warrenton and it's Depot (7 photos)
  • Farrington, Then and Now (9 photos)

1999, #3 ($4.50)

  • Book review: "That Reminds Me of Another Story" by Kenny Prager
  • RS-3 #96 (3 photos)
  • SP&S Matchbooks (16 photos)
  • Building a Kit-Bashed Alco C-636 (7 photos)

1999, #2 ($4.50)

  • SP&S Ran Name Trains, Too (8 photos)
  • Dinner Anyone? Dining car china (8 photos)
  • Notes on the 301-series Coaches (2 photos)

1999, #1 ($4.50)

  • Gondolas and Hopper cars (6 photos, roster)
  • Construction Views of the Oregon Electric Wilsonville Bridge (8 photos)
  • Oregon Electric Quiz

1998, #3/#4 ($9.00)

  • American Locomotive Company S-2 Switchers (23 photos, roster)
  • First Diesel on Oregon Electric Ry.

1998, #2 ($4.50)

  • Westport on the Astoria Line (5 photos)
  • New Products
  • Acquisition Fund Donors

1998, #1 ($4.50)

  • Log cars of the SP&S
  • Surf, Sand & Sun

1997, #4 ($4.50)

  • Oakbrook Wreck (9 photos, 1 map)
  • Check Number Unknown
  • "SP&S" Watch

1997, #3 ($4.50)

  • 40' Steel Box Cars (9 photos, 4 drawings)
  • Installation of Flasher Type Warning Lights on Switcher and Road Switcher Diesels (1 photo)
  • "SP&S" Watch

1997, #2 ($4.50)

  • Astoria Line Wreck (5 photos)
  • Oregon Electric Ry. in Salem, OR: Part 2 (6 photos, 1 map)
  • Derivatives of SP&S 10000 Series Boxcars (4 photos, rosters)
  • "SP&S" Watch

1997, #1 ($4.50)

  • SP&S 10000 Series Boxcars (1 photo, 1 drawing)
  • Oregon Electric Ry. in Salem, OR: Part 1 (6 photos)
  • drawing and photo of Goldendale depot
  • New Books & Models
  • "SP&S" Watch

1996, #4 ($4.50)

  • "SP&S Watch"
  • Modeling SP&S Boxcars "Made Easy" (3 photos)
  • Surviving SP&S Depots (16 photos)
  • Stories Along the Line
  • SP&S Survivors Update (2 photos)

1996, #3 ($4.50)

  • Class N-1 Consolidations (10 photos, roster)
  • End of Electric Power on the OE (6 photos)
  • The Engineering Department

1996, #2 ($4.50)

  • Vancouver Facilities Construction (6 photos)
  • Steam to the Rescue (2 photos)
  • Alco Diesel Dispositions
  • Stories Along the Line

1996, #1 ($4.50)

  • "SP&S" Watch
  • History of Portland Union Station (7 photos)
  • "Life of a Railroad Family"
  • "Two Stories from Westport"
  • drawing of SP&S standard wood shed

1995, #4 ($4.50)

  • "SP&S" Watch
  • Wishram update
  • Portland & Western RR buys former OE trackage
  • Goldendale Branch (11 photos, 1 map)
  • Oregon Electric & United Railways Equipment, 1925: Part 2 (7 photos, 11 equipment drawings)
  • Surviving SP&S equipment (3 photos)

1995, #3 ($4.50)

  • "SP&S Watch"
  • Modeling SP&S F-3 with Athearn shells (3 photos)
  • Oregon Electric & United Railways locomotive & passenger equipment Part 1 (9 photos)
  • Surviving SP&S equipment
  • "The Chase" (personal remembrance)

1995, #2 ($4.50)

  • Vancouver depot, past, present and future (2 photos, 3 drawings & 3 floor plans)
  • Details of the lease of the SP&S to BN
  • Surviving SP&S equipment

1995, #1 ($4.50)

  • Report on 1995 Mini-Meet
  • 25 years after the merger: current status of all 11 Sub-Divisions
  • WW II commuter service (Portland to Vancouver)

1994, #4 ($4.50)

  • Class H-1 Pacific type 4-6-2 (16 photos)
  • Mack Railbus #1103
  • Experimental diesel paint schemes: 2 photos

1994, #3 ($4.50)

  • Passenger train consists, 1956: trains #1 - #6: 8 photos
  • Kitbashed 24' wood caboose from MDC model: 5 photos
  • Caboose equipment diagram for #702, #707, #719
  • "Riding the Redmond Switcher on the Oregon Trunk"

1994, #2 ($4.50)

  • "Riding the Jitterbug Local": 4 photos
  • The new Camas depot: photo, Dennis Aust drawing
  • 1000 series dirt cars: 2 photos, roster, equipment diagram
  • Loco crane #x-33: photo
  • Drawing of SP&S standard signs

1994, #1 ($4.50)

  • Ft. Wright Junction: train operations, map, 2 photos
  • Gunderson 50' boxcar: 5 photos and equipment diagram
  • Kitbashing the Gunderson boxcar
  • Cabooses #730-732: photo, 2 equipment diagrams re-drawn by Dennis Aust
  • SP&S brass: recent releases

1993, #4 ($4.50)

  • SP&S 3000 series boxcars (40 ft, wood, circa 1910) with a Dennis Aust drawing, 2 photos and complete roster information
  • RS-3 article including 11 photos
  • Detailing the RS-3 in HO scale with detail part listings, model photos and drawings
  • Current events: what's happening to former SP&S property and equipment

1993, #3 ($4.50)

  • Special GP-9 issue with prototype information, 15 photos (including a top view) and AFE data
  • Modeling the Geep in HO scale, from the basic modifications of currently available plastic engine models to detail part listings and paint scheme options
  • Information on the "derailment" at Bingen, 7/20/61, with 10 photos

1993, #2 ($3.50)

  • SP&S freight cars in revenue service, 1906 to 1972, by car type
  • Assigned freight cars as of 1949
  • Information on the Ft. Wright Junction interlocking plant and operation prior to 1933

1993, #1 ($3.50)

  • Alco C-415s with 6 photos, line drawing, AFE
  • The corporate image and the SP&S herald
  • "Riding the Oregon Trunk Mixed" by LeRoy Cobb
  • Review of Walt Grande's book, "The Northwest's Own Railroad"

1992, #4 ($3.50)

  • Information and drawing of Official Car (First) #99
  • Oregon Electric standard freight station including a large Dennis Aust drawing, interior layout and photo
  • The SP&S Museum in Vancouver
  • 2 photos and information on Instruction Car #111

1992, #3 ($3.50)

  • Additional material from the May, 1953 Modern Railroads with more detailed explanation of the roadbed and trackwork rebuilding (3 photos)
  • 1992 Convention report
  • Roster of all SP&S cars destroyed off line
  • Photo and explanation of NP #2668 (SP&S #700 in disguise)

1992, #2 ($3.50)

  • Excerpt from Modern Railroads, May, 1953
  • Story of the post-WW II rebuilding and modernization of the SP&S including right-of-way renovation, purchase of diesel power and new rolling stock plus signal and radio equipment (4 photos)
  • 4 photos of steam locomotives still in operation in 1953

1992, #1 ($3.50)

  • Hoyt Street yard facilities in Portland
  • 3 detailed track diagrams, short history and description and 6 photos (including an aerial view)

1991, #4 ($3.50)

  • Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company including 2 photos
  • "My Life on the Astoria Line" including 5 photos and a detailed track diagram

1991, #3 ($3.50)

  • Modeling Alco RS-2 & RS-3 locomotives including 4 photos
  • Information and 10 photos on SP&S "Odds and Ends" - unusual equipment

1991, #2 ($3.50)
SOLD OUT

  • All time caboose roster and information with 15 photos
  • Modeling a GN-style wood side caboose in HO
  • Modeling SP&S #702 & OE #029 in N scale

Spring 1991 ($3.50)

  • Book review - "The North Bank Road"
  • Maintenance of Way roster, 1952
  • Drawings of selected MOW equipment
  • 14 photos of MOW equipment

Winter 1990 ($2.50)

  • Logging lines serving the SP&S and their locomotives
  • 31100 series flat cars
  • 2000 series wood boxcars (acquired from the A&CR)

Fall 1990 ($2.50)

  • E-1 #700!! - History of the "Lady" and her role on the SP&S
  • Story of the rebuilding of the Northern type steam locomotive with many photos

Summer 1990 ($2.50)
LIMITED QTY AVAILABLE

  • EMD cabs on the SP&S including 15 photos
  • The Pewter Valve

Spring 1990 ($2.50)
SOLD OUT

  • Alco C-424 and C-425 article and 6 photos along with drawings of each and complete roster information
  • 2 additional boxcar photos
  • Headend passenger car assignments for 1947 and 1956

Winter 1989 ($2.50)
LIMITED QTY AVAILABLE

  • The early Oregon Electric - a photo essay (10 photos)
  • Oregon Electric standard station drawings
  • Additional boxcar information including 4 photos

Fall 1989 ($2.50)
SOLD OUT

  • Alco C-636 painting guide with photos
  • SP&S boxcar history and data
  • SP&S boxcar technical data, lettering guides and photos

Summer 1989 ($2.50)

  • Passenger service on the Portland-Seaside line
  • Drawing of gas-electric #1101
  • Roster of SP&S passenger cars

Spring 1989 ($2.50)
LIMITED QTY AVAILABLE

  • Modeling baggage-coaches #272 & #273
  • Coal chute at Fallbridge
  • Station names on the Oregon Trunk Railway

Fall 1988 ($2.50)
LIMITED QTY AVAILABLE

  • ALCO FAs ON THE SP&S
  • ALCO FA/FBs - Kenny Prager Story

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