Cascade and Columbia River Railroad

Cascade and Columbia River Railroad
Reporting mark CSCD
Locale Seattle, Washington
Dates of operation 1996–present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)
Length 137 miles (220 km)</ref name="trains mag"/>
Headquarters Omak, Washington

The Cascade and Columbia River Railroad (reporting mark CSCD) is a short line railroad that interchanges with BNSF Railway in Wenatchee, Washington and runs north to Oroville. The former Burlington Northern W-O Branch was purchased by the RailAmerica Corporation in September 1996.[1]

This line from Wenatchee to Oroville was built in 1914 by the Great Northern Railway[2] to link the main line at Wenatchee to the Washington & Great Northern/Vancouver, Victoria & Eastern (Canada) line at Oroville.[citation needed]

The railroad line follows the Columbia River Valley north from Wenatchee to the Okanogan River Valley and north to Oroville, just north of where the Smilkameen River joins the Okanogan River.

Commodities hauled on the railroad consist mainly of timber products, as well as limestone. CSCD moved around 5,200 carloads in 2008.[3]


  1. ^ EMPLOYER STATUS DETERMINATION - Cascade and Columbia River Railroad (PDF). Railroad Retirement Board. Retrieved on 2008-08-17.
  2. ^ Kirk, Ruth; Carmela Alexander (2003). Exploring Washington's Past. University of Washington Press. p. 69. ISBN 9780295974439. 
  3. ^ "RailAmerica's Empire". Trains Magazine (Kalmbach Publishing). June 2010. 

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