Columbia River Northern Railway is a
model railroad located in south central Washington State. The track is
inch gauge. The CRNR model railroad layout is
environmentally friendly, and fun to ride on. The CRNR
has a steam logging theme,
but most any rolling stock that can handle the inclines is welcome. The
CRNR layout is situated on and around scenic Bighorn
Creek, near the Columbia River. The terrain is steep, rugged and mostly
which makes it ideal for a logging railroad layout. We are
use of donated recycled materials. Much of the excavation has
by hand. We have about 2500 feet of track on the ground with plans
for well over 5000 feet, eventually. There are numerous cuts and fills.
Four bridges have been
constructed to date. The first
bridge is made of wood and steel. It measures
long and nearly 10 feet high. The second
bridge is made entirely
wood. It is 75 feet long and about 6 feet high at its highest point.
It is built on a curve with an 80 foot radius and a 2% grade. The third
bridge is constructed of steel and concrete. A fourth bridge is built
of steel and clear spans about 50 feet. Grades on the layout range from
2% to 7%. There are plans for more bridges as construction progresses.
If you are interested in running
your equipment on our layout or would like to donate time and material
or just get involved, call Sam Berk at 509-896-2913 or Robert
Chapman at 509-896-2773.
Occasionally, we host events, such
as steam logging demonstrations. Check out the links for pictures from
past events and recent work. Please note that some of these pages may
open slowly on a dialup connection.