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Mount Hood Railroad

Introduction

The Mount Hood Railroad provides freight service, connecting with the Union Pacific at Hood River, Oregon, and operates excursion trains and dinner trains along a scenic route past fertile orchards and vineyards with picturesque views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams.

History

Construction was started on the rail line in 1906 and completed in 1909. The 22-mile Mount Hood Railroad was an independent company until acquired by the Union Pacific in 1968. UP sold it to new owners in 1987 and Iowa Pacific Holdings acquired the railroad in 2008. The line includes a “switchback”, a method of rail construction in constrained areas where the line must climb in altitude, more common over a century ago but today one of the few remaining in the United States.

Map

Mount Hood Map

At-a-Glance

Reporting Marks: MH

Miles of Track: 22

Cities:
Hood River
Pine Grove
Odell
Dee
Parkdale

Transloading Sites:
Available

Commodities:
Lumber
Pears

Car Storage:
50 cars

Locomotives: 2

Contacts

Operations
Ron Kaufman
General Manager
Mount Hood Railroad
110 Railroad Avenue
Hood River, OR 97031
541.716.4449
ron@mthoodrr.com

Marketing
Kevin McKinney
910.986.3748
mckinneyk@iowapacific.com

Business
Iowa Pacific Holdings LLC
118 S. Clinton St., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: 312.466.0900
Fax: 312.466.9589