COMMUNICATIONS: Listeners of the old CORP Coos Bay Subdivision will find CBR's current radio setup and communications very familiar. Two channels, in this case AAR 28 and AAR 93, are licensed for use by the railroad. Fixed stations are once again located at the Roman Nose Mt. repeater site as well as the CBR office in Coos Bay.
The line currently has two operational detectors: Lakeside (MP752.1) and near Eugene at MP657.2 - both detectors transmit on the old CORP Coos Bay Subdivision frequency of 160.44o (AAR 22).
CUSTOMER BASE: As of January 2014, CBR serves 13 customers. Goods handled range from wood products such as dimensional lumber and plywood, logs, wood chips, fertilizer, dairy feed, propane and chromite ore.
COOS BAY RAILFAN AUDIO STREAM: This website has been the gateway to an audio stream covering CBR mainline and yard operations on the southern end of the Coos Bay Line. As of January 1, 2014, the CBR stream is down until further notice.
This site is dedicated to covering the past, present and future of the Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR). It was created by and for railfans in order to share information, encourage new ones, and assist those passing through for a visit to the area.
COOS BAY RAIL LINK operates the Coos Bay Line from Danebo, OR to Coquille, OR. Completed in 1916 by Southern Pacific, the 133-mile line connects the Port of Coos Bay and surrounding communities to Eugene and the Willamette valley.
After many years of service, Southern Pacific sold the line in 1994 to Railtex (later RailAmerica), whose Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad operated it as their Coos Bay Subdivision. CORP ran its last train on the line in 2007, citing safety concerns with several of the route's tunnels.
On November 21, 2008, the Surface Transportation Board ordered CORP to sell the branch to the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay for $16.6 million. The Port re-opened it in 2011 as Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR), operated by ARG Trans.
On October 12, 2011, CBR successfully ran its first revenue train from Eugene to Coos Bay's North Spit. The line is currently being rehabilitated with help from Balfour-Beatty Rail and other contractors.
The trade publication Railway Age selected Coos Bay Rail Link as its 2014 Short Line of the Year.
The Hauler is currently running during the night and early morning hours, with yard job activity by day. The line is now open all the way to its terminus in Coquille, where the Coos Bay yard job serves the Roseburg Forest Products mill there.
OPERATIONS: The Coos Bay Line normally operates under track warrant control, and is "dark territory" save for drawbridge interlocking. Due to ongoing rehab work, the line is currently treated as yard limits.As of August, 2014 CBR runs the Coos Bay Hauler 5 nights-a-week (Sun-Fri, 1900 on-duty) between Cordes and Vaughn.
The Hauler typically departs northbound from Hauser around 1945 hours. When running southbound, it will depart Vaughn around 2000-2215 hours.
A Coos Bay/North Bend yard job works daily (0600 on-duty) to serve local industry and deliver/receive the Hauler's consists over the Coos Bay swingspan to Cordes or Hauser. This job also makes the 4-hour round trip (every other day) to Roseburg Forest Products in Coquille.
An additional job also serves the mills at Noti and Vaughn (0900 on-duty), and is responsible for delivering the hauler to Eugene for interchange and back.
This site is not affiliated with Coos Bay Rail Link, ARG Trans or Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, and is provided for hobbyist/enthusiast purposes only.