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Date: 11/26/12 21:02
Loading Christmas trees on SP Westside line
Author: coosbaytoday

Some pictures from the Monroe Oregon area.
Benton County, where Monroe is, grows lots of Christmas Trees.
First one was taken Sept 1979. Rest Nov 1977.
Todd Montgomery
Springfield OR



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/26/12 21:05 by coosbaytoday.








Date: 11/26/12 21:04
Re: Loading Christmas Trees on SP Westside line
Author: coosbaytoday

Two more... Not sure if many Christmas Trees are shipped by train any more.
Thanks for looking...
Todd M.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/26/12 21:07 by coosbaytoday.






Date: 11/26/12 21:12
Re: Loading Christmas Trees on SP Westside line
Author: RyanWilkerson

I think they still are transported by train but in trailers on flat cars. Much more interesting to see them in PFEs!

Ryan Wilkerson
Fair Oaks, CA
ShastaRails



Date: 11/26/12 23:59
Re: Loading Christmas Trees on SP Westside line
Author: Fizzboy7

This has to be one of the coolest post to come along in a while. Just look at that! The best of everything all wrapped in one scene. SP, PFE, Oregon geography, Christmas trees, the greatest smell, and holiday traditions! Wow!
Only question is how did the PFE car become clean in those particular areas?



Date: 11/27/12 05:37
Re: Loading Christmas Trees on SP Westside line
Author: Arved

Fizzboy7 Wrote:
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> Only question is how did the PFE car become clean
> in those particular areas?


Probably a pressure washer.



Date: 11/27/12 07:26
Re: Loading Christmas Trees on SP Westside line
Author: jdb

http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2012/11/oregons_christmas_tree_industr.html

Here is how it is being done this year. I went up to Silver Creek Falls for a hike Sunday and the helicoper was working. The trees are cut and loose piled. The helicopter picks them up and puts them in a large dump truck. From the time the helicopter does a pick up, goes to the truck, returns, and starts the next pick up is less than 45 seconds. The truck takes them to were they are bound for shipment. Haven't seen any treees on I-5 this year. (doesn't mean they aren't there) I did see a "Interstate" long haul truck on the back road up there so that may be the way they are getting out.



Date: 11/27/12 10:26
Re: Loading Christmas Trees on SP Westside line
Author: Norris

Thanks for the pictures Todd. They are outstanding and very seasonal.

Long Bell Bob
Missoula, MT



Date: 11/27/12 10:32
Re: Loading Christmas Trees on SP Westside line
Author: Narniaman

Are you sure that's Oregon?

No rain, no mud, no wind. . . . . . .

I have my doubts!!


Ben Wilson
Salem, Oregon



Date: 11/27/12 14:43
Re: Loading Christmas Trees on SP Westside line
Author: rehunn

Klassic!!



Date: 11/27/12 18:29
Re: Loading Christmas Trees on SP Westside line
Author: asheldrake

Todd, any word on the future of this branch? I see that the Benton County Connect Oregon $$$ grant
to purchase wasn't successful. GREAT pictures. Christmas trees are a BIG business in Oregon. Arlen



Date: 11/27/12 19:48
Re: Loading Christmas Trees on SP Westside line
Author: P

I love the pictures!

BTW, that is a mind numbing number of trees that get processed every season.



Date: 11/28/12 22:26
Re: Loading Christmas trees on SP Westside line
Author: Kodachromedude

One of the coolest posts I've ever seen on TO! Thanks so much for sharing. Got any more?

Sheldon



coosbaytoday Wrote:
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> Some pictures from the Monroe Oregon area.
> Benton County, where Monroe is, grows lots of
> Christmas Trees.
> First one was taken Sept 1979. Rest Nov 1977.
> Todd Montgomery
> Springfield OR



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