Blue Mountain Railroad, Inc. BLMR #110

Nature of Firm

BLMR operates freight service from a connection with UP at Zanger Jct. to Walla Walla, WA (27 miles). A branch runs from Dayton, WA through Walla Walla to Weston, OR. A total of 83 miles are operated. The BLMR also provides freight service over a line extending from a connection with UP at Hooper Jct. through Colfax, WA (53 miles). A branch runs from Winona to Thornton, WA (31 miles). A total of 202 miles are operated. The BLMR has trackage rights over UP from Hooper Jct. to Wallula. Traffic is primarily food products, grain, farm machinery and fertilizer. Both the northern and southern branches of BLMR are operated in conjunction with the Palouse River and Coulee City Railroad (PCC).


These lines were built in part by the Walla Walla & Columbia River acquired by the Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. during the late 1800s. The line from Colfax to Moscow was built by the Columbia & Palouse Railroad and opened in 1885. The northern branches were purchased and the southern branches were leased from the Union Pacific with shortline service starting on November 20, 1992.

Company Information

Mailing Address

Blue Mountain Railroad 
325 Mill Road
Lewiston, ID 83501

Phone 208-798-8395
Fax 208-743-4647
Web Site

Steve Schrum
General Manager
208-490-0794 (cell)

Ted Kadau
Marketing Manager
208-798-8395, ext. 3
208-791-8889 (cell)

Company Affiliation Watco
Interchange Points Hooper Jct. and Wallula, WA
Agreement Type Handling Carrier
Information Exchange Method RMI