Chelatchie Prairie Railroad
Clark County owns the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, a 33-mile short line that stretches diagonally across the county. It is southwest Washington's only operating short line, with connections to the BNSF Railway. The Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad Co. operates the line.
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is ideal for business
- Strategic location with proximity and connections to the Pacific Rim and the global marketplace.
- More than 1,000 acres for heavy and light-industrial development, manufacturing, warehouse, research and business park uses.
- Access to Interstate 5, Interstate 205, State Route 14, State Route 500 and State Route 503.
- Portland International Airport within 20 minutes travel.
- Reliable daily rail service.
Learn about infrastructure improvements the county is making or planning to make to the railroad.
Prices and services
Contact the Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad for information on prices, services and schedules.
Eric Temple, President
Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad
14205 SE36th St. Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98006
Clark County's economic development team will help you find the right site for your business. We work closely with the Columbia River Economic Development Council and the Port of Vancouver to provide business-focused, community-based responses.
Additional information is available on the rail-dependent development webpage.
If you don't need to site your business along the railroad, we can help identify transload opportunities. Contact our rail operator, Eric Temple, 425.649.1104.
Read about the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad's history, which dates back 130 years to 1887, and watch this CVTV video from October 2010.
Chelatchie Prairie Rail with Trail Project
Clark County intends to work with community partners and funding agencies to build a multiuse trail paralleling the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad for walking, running, cycling and horseback riding.
In July 2008, the Board of County Commissioners approved the Chelatchie Prairie Rail with Trail Corridor Study, which includes an alignment plan and trail design guidelines.
The first section of the Chelatchie Prairie with Trail opened in December 2011. The one-mile paved trail segment runs from the entrance road inside Battle Ground Lake State Park southwest along the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad.
Read more about the Chelatchie Prairie Rail with Trail Project, including the corridor study, recommended alignment, maps and other documents.
The Railroad Advisory Board meets the second Monday of each month at 4 pm in the sixth-floor training room at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.
Excursion train operator
On the line north of Heisson, the Battle Ground, Yacolt, and Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Association, a volunteer group, operates a passenger excursion program originating in Yacolt.