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Access to safe and reliable freight service is an essential component of the economic fabric of our region. The Coos Bay Rail Line is a Class III short line railroad owned by the Port. The rail line allows the 10 shippers longs the line to effectively export Oregon goods to cities across the country and Canada.
Map of Coos Bay Rail Link
The Coos Bay rail line stretches 135 miles from the north-south main line connection at the Eugene yard and extends west toward Florence, and then south to Coos Bay and on to Coquille. There are nine tunnels and 121 bridges along the line. The rail line interchanges with Union Pacific (UPRR) at the Eugene yard, and has limited interchange operations with the Portland and Western Railroad (PNWR) and the Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad (CORP). Annual volumes have averaged approximately 7,500 railcar loads per year for the past four years. The Port acquired the rail line following its closure in 2007.
The Coos Bay Rail Line has over 100 years of history. Many families within the area remember their grandparents working on the rail line showing that this rail has helped not only shape the economy of Coos Bay but also the culture.
The Coos Bay Rail Line transports approximately $220 million worth of freight in and out of our region every year. These products originate from and travel to various destinations throughout the United States, and even have some international destinations like Quebec, Canada. About 99% of the product moved on the rail line is related to the timber industry. Some in bound products come to our area to be finished, while other products leave on the line to be finished or to their final destinations.
The Coos Bay Rail Line supports ten shippers along the line, most of whom export or import forest products. The rail line can move larger volumes of forest products in a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly way.