Built by the Great Northern Railway in 1909, the 61 mile Mansfield line branched off the mainline at the Columbia River and snaked its way up across Douglas County, WA to its terminus in Mansfield. In 1970, Burlington Northern took over operations of the line. In 1985 it was abandoned, thus closing the book on railroading on the Waterville Plateau. This blog is dedicated to preserving the history of the Mansfield Branch Line as well as the Waterville Railway Co. And some HO scale stuff.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Picture of a freshly carved rock cut through solid basalt looking on the up grade. From the looks of the terrain this location is just south of Alstown. Rock ballast and rails have yet to be laid. 1909 photo by Aaron Shimer.