Mount Hood Railroad (MH)

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Mount Hood Railroad (MH)

Postby Jeff Smith » Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:42 pm

For discussion of the Mt. Hood Railroad, an Iowa Pacific subsidiary: http://www.iowapacific.com/railroads/mo ... -railroad/
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Re: Mount Hood Railroad (MH)

Postby woodeen » Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:39 pm

Thanks for starting this thread, I am interested in hearing more about what is going on with the Mount Hood Railroad.I live along the line in Parkdale and have been both worried and heartened by the purchase by IP. On the down side the former owners were all local and (seemed to be) pretty committed to maintaining the line, and I have worried that should economics dictate it that IP would have no problem recouping their investment in scrap. On the positive side it seems that IP has invested in the line, building a new shop in Hood River and doing a lot of work on the rolling stock. However, the decision this year to stop running to Parkdale and to store cars seemed pretty short-sighted; both in the figurative and the literal sense; there aren't any good views of Mount Hood until you get close to Parkdale. I think that once the word gets out that the ride is lame it is hard to turn that around. Rumor has it that they will be back to running the full trip to Parkdale this year, I hope that is the case. Here is an article from earlier last year that suggested that a local group was interested in purchaisng the lone, but apparently this has fallen through.
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Re: Mount Hood Railroad (MH)

Postby Rockingham Racer » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:55 pm

I took the ride last summer. I wouldn't call the ride "lame", but it's far from the most exciting ride I've taken. It really goes to nowhere; the scenery is blah. The lunch was decent.
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Re: Mount Hood Railroad (MH)

Postby woodeen » Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:10 am

Sorry, "lame" was a bit much! I actually enjoy the whole ride, I just think that the general train riding public needs the good views that you get when you get up to Parkdale, and I think that the town of Parkdale itself is a much better (and more viable over the long run) destination.
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Re: Mount Hood Railroad (MH)

Postby ebtmikado » Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:28 am

With Iowa Pacific now imposing major layoffs and cutbacks, let's hope some of these roads manage to survive.

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