Trains at Black Butte

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The following trains are regulars at Black Butte. Most operate everyday, except as noted:

Central Oregon and Pacific Railway

After being closed since May, 2008, through operations on the ex-SP Siskiyou Route between Black Butte and Medford, Oregon over Siskiyou Pass resumed in early November, 2015. Current operations are seeing two trains per week (usually on Wednesdays and Fridays) running during the day. The northbound departs from CORP's yard area near downtown Weed, not Black Butte. This frequency may soon increase towards a Monday-Friday operation. CORP operates separate jobs between Weed and Black Butte for interchange with UP. Those are currently operating Mon-Wed-Fri.



Union Pacific

UP trains use symbols indicating the type of train and the origin/destination, rather than train numbers. These are the most common symbols used on the Shasta Division:

A - Autoracks
Z - Fast intermodal train of trailers (piggybacks), containers, doublestacks
I - Other intermodal/double stack train
Q - High priority mixed (general manifest) freight
M - Lower priority mixed freight

BR - Portland (Brooklyn Yard)
PD - Portland (Albina Yard)
PT - Portland (Lake Yard)
PW - For interchange to/from Portland & Western RR
SE - Seattle (Argo Yard)
EU - Eugene
RV - Roseville (near Sacramento)
WC - West Colton Yard (southern California)
LC - Los Angeles Transportation Center (LATC Yard)


IDITA Intermodal, Dallas to Tacoma doublestack train. This is a sporadic train, at times it runs more or less once a week, sometimes even less frequently. It hauls empty containers from the Mesquite Intermodel Yard in the Dallas area all the way to Tacoma. Most containers are usually Evergreen so this train has a "green" look.
ILBSE This is an Long Beach (LA area) to Seattle (Argo Yard) doublestack container train. It runs via the Central Valley, goes into Oakland to switch, then goes back out the same way to Roseville and continues north. This train replaces the former IOASE. It is often through Black Butte in the late morning, usually 2-3 times per week, often on Sundays and Thursdays, sometimes Tuesdays but varies. It often carries many "APL" blue containers.
MRVHK The "Roseville to Hinkle" mainly hauls empties, via Portland, back to Hinkle Yard in eastern Oregon. Has a "Canadian" look, many of those cars continue on to Calgary. At times on some days this train continues on past Hinkle running as the MRVET (Roseville-Eastport, ID) but this has not been common recently. It usually gets out of Roseville in the 1-3am timeframe putting it through Black Butte mid/late morning the same days.
MRVPT A Roseville to Portland (Portland Terminal's Lake Yard) general manifest freight. It generally leaves Roseville late afternoon and is through Black Butte after midnight, sometimes going into the hole at or near Black Butte for the southbound Coast Starlight.
MRVPW Roseville to the P&W (Portland & Western) Railroad. This trains runs to Eugene and then is worked and parts handed added to locals and handed off to the P&W north of Eugene.
MRVEU This is another Roseville to Eugene mixed freight that was re-established in 2013. It's timing is generally similar to the MRVPW, often coming through Black Butte in the early evening. This train, or at times the MRVPW, is the one most likely to perform any local switching/interchange work between Roseville and Klamath Falls. Recently, it has been working Black Butte 3-5 times a week. Many of its cars are destined for interchange to CORP in Eugene.
ZLCBR The "Los Angeles (LATC Yard) to Portland (Brooklyn Yard)" hotshot usually runs six days a week (x Sunday night) and is often through Black Butte in the early evening (except Mondays). Mostly piggybacks, containers on flat cars, and some double stacks, usually up front and on the rear.
ZLCBRB This is a second section of the LA to Portland/Brooklyn Yard ZLCBR intermodal train. At best it runs three times a week, coming through Black Butte on Tues, Thurs, and Sat. afternoons. On the way it has a big set-out at Lathrop Yard in Stockton and is fairly short north of there. Its operation is somewhat sporadic.


QHKRV This is the "Canadian Pacific" train, mostly loads of wood, grain, and other products coming down from Canada via UP's Hinkle Yard in eastern Oregon. It terminates at Roseville where the cars are humped and then sent to various destinations. This is often a mid to late morning train through Black Butte. It often, but not always, has DPUs.
QPDRV This is one of several Portland to Roseville mixed freights that pass through Black Butte. It often has DPUs.
QRVPDB This second section of the QPDRV has become a regular Portland/Albina Yard to Roseville train as of mid-2013.
QPWRV This train is handed off to UP by the Portland and Western RR and goes to Roseville. This train is often through Black Butte late at night.
ZBRLC This is the "Brooklyn Yard (Portland) to Los Angeles (LATC Yard)" hotshot with mostly piggyback and COFC (containers on flat cars). The "Brooklyn" is usually through Black Butte mid-morning. Runs daily except Monday morning.

In addition to these listed trains, UP also operates occasional "repo" trains (empty intermodal equipment) both directions and the sporadic northbound autorack train. Other special trains (military, unit grain, maintenance of way) also operate at times.


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#14 "Coast Starlight" Amtrak's premier Los Angeles to Seattle west coast train passes through Black Butte around 6am.

#11 "Coast Starlight" If on time, the southbound Starlight passes through Black Butte shortly before midnight.