What happens to the old and used railroad ties that are sitting next to the railroad? Are they free for the taking?

What happens to the old and used railroad ties that are sitting next to the railroad? Are they free for the taking?

— Danni H., Merlin

They are very-much available to the public, but there is a catch.

According to Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad assistant general manager Patrick Kerr, before picking up ties you have to get a release from CORP to take them.

"We've stacked them in certain areas so people can get to them," Kerr said. "We give a lot of them away for landscape work all of the time. But if you don't have a release, you're trespassing and stealing; but we're more than willing to work with people."

To obtain a release, call road master Slim Mattox at 541-957-2506.

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