Mount Hood Railroad (MH)

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Mount Hood Railroad (MH)

Post by 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/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Post by 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.
http://hoodriverbizbuzz.com/?p=6786

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Post by 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)

Post by 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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Post by 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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Re: Mount Hood Railroad (MH)

Post by Jeff Smith » Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:59 am

County prepares to seize Mt. Hood Railroad property: Hood River News[/b]
Hood River County is preparing to move forward with seizure of Mt. Hood Railroad property for failing to pay property taxes for the last three years.

In total, Mt. Hood Railroad owes $210,135, which includes interest and fees associated with late payment.
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Mt. Hood Railroad has been owned by Permian Basin Railways, a subsidiary of Iowa Pacific Holdings, since 2008. It had previously been owned by a group of 20 local investors who had bought the railroad from Union Pacific back in 1987 and, looking to retire, put the railroad and its properties up for sale in 2007, according to Hood River News archives.

Permian’s operations were partially dependent on a loan from the Federal Highway Administration, Ellis said, which was partially pulled in 2011 and completely pulled in 2013.
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Mt. Hood Railroad is delinquent on its tax accounts for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018, according to the Hood River County Department of Budget and Finance.

Ellis said that part of the railroad’s current financial difficulties are due to not receiving payment from those using their property — specifically referencing Wildwood Academy, which opened a year ago.
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Post by Rockingham Racer » Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:19 pm

Another one bites the dust, probably. Mr. Ellis seems perfectly happy strumming his guitar in Fir, CO.

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Re: Mount Hood Railroad (MH)

Post by Backshophoss » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:38 pm

The link on the above post is NO good "Element does not exist :( :( "
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