Lewis and Clark Railway

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Lewis and Clark Railway train, February 2002.

The Lewis and Clark Railway (reporting mark LINC) is a county-owned railroad located in Clark County, Washington. The line is 33 miles long, beginning at the BNSF interchange at Rye Junction in Vancouver, Washington and stretching northeast, passing through Brush Prairie and Battle Ground to the line's northern end past Yacolt.


1888: Built to Brush Prairie as the Vancouver, Klickitat & Yakima. Original line extended from a ferry dock near the current Vancouver depot up Lincoln Street.
1898: Reorganized by new owners as the Portland, Vancouver and Yakima Railroad
1902: Line extended to Yacolt.
1903: Northern Pacific Railway acquires the line.
1948: Harbor Plywood Company builds an independent line from Yacolt to Chelatchie Prairie.
1950: Longview, Portland and Northern Railway acquires the Harbor Plywood line.
1960: Longview, Portland and Northern Railway acquires the NP line from Rye to Yacolt. NP continues to service branch to Rye.
1979: International Paper in Chelatchie Prairie closes. Traffic drops precipitously.
1981: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad acquires the line.
1984: Service discontinued.
1985: Abandonment authorized on August 29
1987: Line purchased by Clark County and begins operation as LINC
2001: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad (BYCX) leases the portion of the line from Battle Ground to Chelatchie and begins excursions.
2004: The line is leased to the Columbia Basin Railroad to take over operations. The lease agreement specifies that the Columbia Basin will begin paying for the lease once the line is profitable. Columbia Basin operates the line as the Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad.

Lewis and Clark Railway Shops, Battle Ground, February 2002.

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