Medford Railroad Park

Rolling Stock

The Chapter offers many opportunities to explore and learn about railroaing at the Medford Railroad Park.

Railfans, Families and History Buffs alike will all find something interesting at the Park

The Medford Railroad Park is open to the public on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from April through October from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Special arrangements may be made with the Chapter for visting at other times.

Below are brief summaries of each of the Chapter's major pieces of rolling stock. Click on the image for a closer at the history and, in some cases, restoration of each.

 

The first piece of rolling stock a visitor to the Park will notice is the bright red CB&Q caboose. It has been restored inside and out and houses a number of interpretive displays about railroad history in Southern Oregon. On Sundays a docent is on hand with tales of days gone by and to answer questions from visitors.

Sharing a short length of track with the CB&Q caboose is the Southern Pacific flat car. Once common in freight trains across America, flats like this hauled lumber, steel, machinery, poles, pile, equipment and anything else that could be strapped, chained, nailed, bolted or welded to an open car. Now largely gone, flat cars have been replaced by specialized freight cars and motor trucks.
This former Great Northern hopper car has an obscure history, and while it did see service on the Medco logging railroad, it took a detour en route from the GN and arrived too late to be part of the Pacific & Eastern.
BN caboose 11205 (ex-GN X202) is an example of a wood sided, steel framed caboose. While it has been repainted, it is awaiting further restoration.

The Southern Pacific MW 330 is a piece of Maintenance of Way equipment used to clear snow from between the rails. Visitors my enter one end of this unusual car.

Restoration of the flanger was funded in part by a grant from the National Railway Historical Society.

One of the favorite attractions at the Railroad Park is the SP 1107 Caboose. It has been faithfully restored to its original paint and interior configuration and represents a working caboose from the 1940's. A docent is on hand and, yes, the kids can climb up into the cupola.

Restoration of this caboose was funded in part by a grant from the National Railway Historical Society.

This Oregon California & Eastern caboose may be the last piece of rolling stock in our collection at the Railroad Park, but it was the very first all steel caboose on the Southern Pacific. Looking somewhat the worse for wear, it's awaiting restoration.