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By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

It's the same tracks, but it's a new train operator

Formerly operated by Eastern Washington Gateway, Washington Eastern Rail line is now responsible for getting the region's wheat exports to markets

 

February 21, 2019

Lee Hughes

The Washington Eastern Railroad train passes over the Craig Road crossing in Four Lakes along the CW Branch of the state-owned and managed Palouse River and Coulee City Rail System. The branch hauls more wheat than any other branch in the state, according to train officials.

You probably haven't noticed, but there's a new railroad in town.

Tucked unobtrusively beneath a covered walkway on Lefevre Street in downtown Medical Lake are the offices of the Washington Eastern Railroad (WER), the new operator of the Central Washington Branch of the state-owned and managed Palouse River and Coulee City Rail System.

They're a small but busy crew. From his small office space, WER operations manager Gary Durr, and his conductors and maintenance crews manage, maintain and operate the train that hauls more wheat to market than any other in Washington state.

"We have more tra...



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