July 29, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
COOS BAY RAIL LINK NAMES LOCOMOTIVE AFTER PORT’S CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER
COOS BAY, Ore.—In a time-honored tradition of railroading, Coos Bay Rail Link (www.coosbayraillink.com) is naming one of its eight locomotives to honor Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Chief Commercial Officer Martin Callery. He retires July 31 after 23 years of service with the port. “Martin has been a huge champion of the railroad,” says Scott Parkinson, president of CBR and ARG Transportation Services (www.argtrans.com)–the railroad’s holding company, based in Eugene, Oregon. “He was instrumental in securing the public funds to acquire and renovate the line,” Parkinson notes. Callery also was in charge of the solicitation that selected CBR as the operator. “Thereafter,” Parkinson adds, “he was a vocal proponent of CBR and a true partner with us.” “The Martin Callery” is Coos Bay Rail Link No. 2439, a 2,500-h.p. GP30u locomotive that the railroad acquired in December 2014. Carload volume up nearly ten-fold Since running its first revenue freight train in October 2011, Coos Bay Rail Link has increased its average volume nearly ten-fold from 65 to 609 carloads per month. The Coos Bay line is owned by the Port of Coos Bay. The Port selected ARG Transportation Services in April 2011 to operate the 133 route miles of line from Eugene to Coquille, Oregon as the “Coos Bay Rail Link.” Coos Bay Rail Link was named “2014 Short Line Railroad of the Year” by Railway Age magazine. ARG Transportation Services began operations in November 2003 when it acquired the San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad Co. from RailAmerica, Inc.