Discussion about Iowa Pacific Holdings and their various railroad operations. For passenger trains see also regional or tourist forums below. IP no longer operates the Hoosier State, see this topic in Amtrak: http://railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=104574
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  by wigwagfan
 
Since this thread has been a bit dormant there's been a few updates to the Mount Hood Railroad.

First off, the MH has announced they are resuming passenger operations on March 20th, with a Groupon deal that will launch on March 16th.

Second, the website shows that there are planned excursions for March and April; however they had started to announce excursions for the past several weekends but apparently did not run them.

Now the website shows that the excursions will only run to Odell and not to Parkdale, and it seems the pricing has not been reduced to reflect the much shorter (and less scenic) route, so I'm not sure how successful that will be.

Finally, Western Rail announced on their Facebook page that they are in the process of delivering a new GP38 to Mount Hood, a former Coos Bay Rail Link locomotive... It's not clear what MH is using in terms of equipment or how much of the legacy MH equipment is still on the property - they used to own one GP38 and one GP9 locomotive and a good number of passenger rolling stock including two or three full-dome cars and some ex-LIRR commuter coaches among others.
  by woodeen
 
As of a few days ago the 02 (GP38-2) was still on the property, and it looks like most of the passenger cars are still here. There were what seemed like way more lumber racks full and empty than usual down at the interchange
  by wigwagfan
 
If anyone's still lurking it appears Mount Hood had a "grand re-opening" last weekend and has scheduled daily trains out of Hood River to the switchback. In my personal opinion, $30 to ride "first class" three miles each way behind a diesel engine for one hour ($20 for kids) and $5 to park, is not going to last very long.
  by woodeen
 
I missed that! The weeds up here in Parkdale by my place are tall and undisturbed.