The new (OSRM) Oregon State Railroad Museum scheduled to open in 2005 (the new owners of tthe Perrydale Depot), is currently considering at 2 former Lane County area logging railroad right of ways, on one they hope to open the excursion part of the new museum. Both right of ways are owned by Weyerhauser, with one going from Springfield to Marcola; and the other Going West, out of Cottage Grove. Weyerhauser has not disclosed the location of that right of way; but at a meeting this week (july 12-19), Weyerhauser reps will fill in the details for us. We believe though, that the line they are suggesting, is the old Chambers Mill Logging Rail Line; and if it is, the old covered railroad bridge, will once again handle trains across/through it.
Once open, the Museum and it's tourist excursions (steam trains, diesel and electric trolleys) will attract literally 10's of thousands of tourists per year; and whichever city's line the museum selects, that city will witness an economic boom. This means that a lot of jobs will become available in CG; at both the museum / railroad; and in throughout the city.
OSRM has a website at http://osrm.org While it is not complete yet, it will give you a lot of information and a good of what we have planned for the museum. If you like what you read about us, there are email icons, you can click on, to volunteer, ask questions, and a Paypal contribute icon with which you can use to contribute (donate).
If we find that it is the line with the bridge, that will become a major decision factor; when working out the final details with Weyerhauser. We will also need volunteers to help us move the depot to the museum's new site.
NOTE: If the old OP&E Depot next to Walmart is available, we'd like to move it and add it to our museum as well. If anyone knows about it, please contact us. firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon State Railroad Museum