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Chelatchie Prairie Railroad

Video: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, September 2010 ~ approximately 5½ minutes

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad

Who are we?
The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is a 33-mile short line located in Clark County, Washington. It is southwest Washington's only operating short line, with connections to the BNSF.  The line is owned by Clark County government and operated by the Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad Company, a private operator.

Why the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is ideal for business

*Strategic location with proximity and connections to the Pacific Rim and the global marketplace;
*Over 1,000 acres for development of heavy and light industrial use, manufacturing, warehouse, research and business park uses;
*Access to I-5, I-205 and SR 14, SR 500 and SR503;
*Portland International Airport within 20 minutes travel;
*Reliable daily rail service.

Prices and services

Contact our operator, the Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad (PVJR) for information on prices, services and schedules. 

Eric Temple
President , Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad
14205 SE 36th St. Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98006
Office 425-649-1104
Fax 425-649-1199
Cell 206-660-4731

Customer site development

Clark County's economic development team will help you find the right site for your business.  We work closely with the Columbia River Economic Development Council and the Port of Vancouver to provide business focused, community based response.  More information

Transloading options

If you don't need to site your business along the railroad, we can help identify transload opportunities.  Contact our rail operator at Eric Temple, 425-649-1104.


Jeff Swanson, Railroad Coordinator 360-397-2323
More contacts

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Public meetings

The Railroad Advisory Board meets the second Monday of each month at 4 p.m. in the sixth-floor Training Room, of the Public Services Center at 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.

North County operator:

On the line north of  Heisson, the Battle Ground, Yacolt, and Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Association (which is a volunteer group) is operating a passenger excursion program originating in Yacolt.

Clark County General Services Director: Robert Stevens
Street address: 1300 Franklin Street, Suite 650, Vancouver, WA 98660
Main phone: (360) 397-2323 | FAX: (360) 397-6027
Responsible Elected Official: Board of County Councilors

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