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Idaho Northern & Pacific Railroad

RailWorks constructed a siding extension to expand capacity for the Pendleton Grain Growers operation.
Project Highlights 
  • Constructed 2,600 feet of new ballasted track
  • Installed one turnout
  • Installed one derail
Alicel, Oregon
Idaho Northern and Pacific Railroad (INPR)
Business Unit 
RailWorks Track Systems
Project Description 

RailWorks constructed a siding extension for the INPR and the Union County Economic Development Corp. The extended siding serves the Pendleton Grain Growers grain elevator in Alicel.

Project Scope 

RailWorks served as the prime contractor to construct 2,600 feet of ballasted track. After coordinating the subgrade work with a subcontractor, RailWorks constructed the track infrastructure, which included installing one turnout and one derail.

With the new spur line and additional grain storage silos, the rail carload capacity for the Pendleton Grain Growers operation increased from 300 annual carloads to between 700 and 1000 carloads.

Unique Features 

The Union County Economic Development Corporation and the Oregon Department of Transportation funded the project. This new siding extension and silo expansion encourages greater grain movement via rail car rather than truck, which will reduce truck congestion on Highway 184 over the Blue Mountains.

INPR is a 210-mile short line railway owned by the Rio Grand Pacific Corporation. It provides freight service over four former UP branch lines in southwestern Idaho and northeastern Oregon.