Tag Archives: Railroads

Oil train safety vs. number-crunchers

How much is a human life worth? That may sound like a cold calculation, but it is relevant to a dispute over safety standards for trains that carry highly flammable crude oil and ethanol across the United States, including down the Columbia Gorge. In September, the Trump administration scrapped an Obama-era rule that would have […]
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Port of Morrow, Union Pacific settle lawsuit

The Port of Morrow dropped a lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad on Monday, after reaching a settlement with the railroad company. In August, the port filed a suit against Union Pacific for nearly $340,000, for a train derailment and damage to port-owned tracks. Port manager Ryan Neal told the East Oregonian on Monday that the […]
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Port or Morrow nets $19 million grant

In the next five years, the Port of Morrow will see massive railroad expansions with the hopes new jobs and industries may soon follow. The project will be funded by a $19 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Developments (BUILD) program. Source: Port or Morrow nets $19 […]
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Coos Bay Rail Line to operate again

The Coos Bay Rail Line is starting train operations again Thursday. According to a press release from the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, CBRL is going to operate on the Port-owned rail line. Source: Coos Bay Rail Line to operate again | Local News | theworldlink.com

Smith to update community on rail facility 

An update on the progress of the Treasure Valley Reload Center will be presented at 7 a.m. Tuesday in room 129 of the Science Building at Treasure Valley Community College Source: Smith to update community on rail facility | Local News Stories | argusobserver.com

Group wants to get transportation on-track

The acronym for the Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Activists is AORTA. And like the artery it shares a name with, the organization is hoping to pump new blood into Eastern Oregon’s defunct passenger rail system. It’s been more than 20 years since Amtrak shuttered the Pioneer line, a massive train route that connected […]
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Update: Oakridge tunnel open for train traffic again

UPDATE ON JUNE 20. Union Pacific announced on Wednesday, June 20, that the tunnel near Oakridge causing delays in rail shipments to most of Eastern Oregon, has been repaired and is open for train traffic again. According to the announcement, they expect the delays to continue for two to three weeks while congestion eases. Source: […]
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Amtrak service delayed two weeks

Interim busing service between Eugene, Klamath Falls halted. Amtrak Coast Starlight service remains suspended between Klamath Falls and Eugene due to work on a Union Pacific rail tunnel that had partially collapsed in the Oakridge area in late May. Source: Amtrak service delayed two weeks | Local News | heraldandnews.com

Railroad tunnel collapse reroutes local lumber shipments

Local lumber mills have been suffering from delayed deliveries since a railroad tunnel collapsed near Oakridge on May 29. Part of Union Pacific Tunnel number 11 near Oakridge collapsed, according to a release sent out to local lumber mills and posted on its website after the cave in. The tunnel is supported with steel liners […]
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New rail spur links Willamette Valley timber to world

A new rail spur is now handling inbound freight in North Bend thanks to the collaborative efforts of a tribal entity, a public agency and a private business. “This is really the perfect symbiotic relationship,” said Ray Doering, director of communications for the Coquille Economic Development Corporation. He said timber producers would rather use the […]
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