Tag Archives: Railroads

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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Another Voice: ‘Stop placing profits ahead of safety’ on railroads

In the wake of Amtrak 501’s derailment earlier this week, we are once again reminded of the importance of incorporating modern technology to drastically improve outcome and, in some cases, prevent derailment altogether. Mosier Mayor Arlene Burns submitted this Another Voice, and mayors and council members from six other Oregon and Washington cities signed it. […]
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Safe train travel must be part of Pacific Northwest’s future | Opinion

The Associated Press reported that since 1969, nearly 300 people have died in U.S. train crashes that existing technology could have prevented. Add the three people killed in last week’s crash south of Tacoma, Washington, and the toll is 301. It will be 12 to 24 months before the National Transportation Safety Board completes its […]
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Oil Train Safety Rules Getting Rolled Back By Trump Adminstration

The Trump administration is rolling back a requirement for trains carrying highly explosive liquids — like the oil trains that run through the Columbia River Gorge en route to Northwest refineries. The 2015 rule was supposed to make these hazardous trains more safe, following a number of derailments. But that was under President Obama, Now, President […]
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Railroads, officials discuss concerns

Wide-ranging meeting touches on safety, better communication. Representatives of the two major railroads that operate in the Columbia River Gorge and government leaders from around the area recently met in an effort to bridge communication gaps amid controversy. Source: Railroads, officials discuss concerns | The Dalles Chronicle