Most of Oregon east of the Cascade Mountains is a raw and inhospitable land, largely the product of recent volcanic activity.
Railroad builders constructed a couple mainlines skirting the edges of the region and some branch lines into agricultural communities, but found very little else to attract their interest.
Over time, however, a small collection of interesting shortline railroads built or bought rail lines, either in conjunction with the developing timber industry in the Blue, Ochoco, and Wallowa mountains or to connect a few existing communities with the mainline that bypassed the town.
This book tells the stories of these small railroads and the roles they played in the development and economies of the region; covered railroads includes the Big Creek & Telocaset; City of Prineville; Condon, Kinzua & Southern; Idaho, Northern & Pacific; Klamath Northern; Oregon & Northwestern; Oregon, California & Eastern; Oregon Eastern Division of the Wyoming/Colorado; Sumpter Valley; Union Railroad of Oregon; Wallowa Union; and others.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Jeff Moore spent most of his youth in the pine forests of northeastern California and the redwoods along the Pacific Coast, where his lifelong passion for trains developed into an intense interest in the history of those railroads associated with the timber industry, especially in northeastern California and eastern Oregon. Jeff currently lives with his family near Elko, Nevada, where he continues his research into these operations. As of this writing Jeff has authored two books and numerous articles and has several other projects pending.