In place of our: “Those Were The Days” presentation here is another “back in the days”. Let’s go back some 80 years, give or take. While searching through our files at the depot, we found this photo of a derailment at Oregon. This photo is looking east, from just west of the Second St. crossing. The Rock River bridge is seen in the background and the cars in the upper left are sitting on the lead to Carnation plant and the town track. After some research little is known about this derailment. Judging by the people, automobiles and railroad equipment, we think it is from the late 30’s or early 40’s. There have been a few derailments in Oregon over the years but when you consider all the trains that have passed through town each day since 1871, the railroad is actually quite safe.
Photo from Oregon Depot collection
Photographer is unknown, credit to them