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ShortlinesUSA
06-21-2012, 02:54 AM
Rumors on the demise of the Oakland Terminal Railway, a switching operation in Oakland, CA, started to pop up earlier this year. Without any solid info, I elected not to further the rumors.

The OTR was a very small switching operation in Oakland, jointly owned by BNSF and UP. The motive power was a single ex ATSF GP7U, which remained in marked out "blue bonnet" colors as OTR 97.

The rumors became fact this month, when it was announced the owners of the OTR have dissolved the company because of deminishing traffic, and turned over operations to the West Oakland & Pacific Railroad.

The WOPR began operations 6/4/12, and its "motive power" is a Trackmobile. The trestle that the OTR previously used to access its two areas of operation is now out of service, and the Trackmobile rubber tires between locations. OTR 97 is now stored at the office location next to the former Oakland Army Terminal, at the foot of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge.

ShortlinesUSA
06-21-2012, 03:23 AM
STB filing for the transcation:

http://www.stb.dot.gov/filings/all.nsf/ba7f93537688b8e5852573210004b318/2ca346385a91b85585257a1d0074c1e8/$FILE/232452.PDF

ShortlinesUSA
06-26-2012, 03:40 PM
And now news has come down the WOPR has withdrawn their filing with the STB. No one seems to know at this point if they don't intend to operate the line, or are just getting their legal ducks in a row, because at first they filed to switch from an operating authority to an exemption authority. But for the moment, it doesn't sound like there is rail service on the old OTR.