The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad (OCSR) became the operator of the west side of the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad in 2012. Since then the OCSR has been working hard to restore and maintain the track formerly operated by the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad. The line ceased operations in late 2007 following a severe winter storm that washed out small sections of the line in the Salmonberry River Canyon. Since then Mother nature has been hard at work trying to reclaim the line for her own.
Between the rails the OCSR has battled downed trees, plugged culverts, land slides, overgrown brush, and seemingly endless alder saplings that have taken root between and along the tracks. The majority of this work has been done by hand, though generous donations of machinery and skilled labor have accelerated the process greatly.
In 2012 the OCSR has managed to clear the line from the Tillamook Air Museum blimp hanger though Garibaldi, Rockaway Beach, Wheeler, past the Nehalem River Winery, following Foss Road all the way to the siding at Batterson. The OCSR operated it's first excursion on the newly reopened line out of Wheeler to Batterson in October of 2012.
In 2013 the focus has been to continue the maintenance of the existing line and to continue the push up the Nehalem River toward Salmonberry. Early 2013 has seen slow orders repaired between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach, minor land slides cleared between Bay City and Garibaldi, and the line cleared between Batterson and the Foss Road Bridge where the road crosses the Nehalem River. The section of line cleared in 2013 had over a mile of small alder saplings growing up between the rails and a large landslide to clear that was caused by a clogged and undersized culvert that passes under Foss Road and the Railroad. The Foss Road culvert will be replaced by the highway department in early 2013 and the railroad culvert will be replaced when resources allow us to.