From Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates (AORTA), newsletter for March 2006:
2005 was a record year for Amtrak's Cascades service. The 636,892 passengers carried during that calendar year represented a 5.6% increase over 2004. The Cascades service continued to rank near the top in customer satisfaction.
Heavy winter rains caused a dike to fail, resulting in the rails of the Portland & Western Railroad being washed out near Astoria. The line was last used by the Lewis & Clark Explorer service, which will no longer be running. The area where the washout occurred has no freight service, so it is doubtful if the line will ever be repaired.
Although this is not reflected in the April timetables, Amtrak's COAST STARLIGHT no longer will receive any passengers at stations from Eugene, OR northward to Seattle. The stations stops from Eugene north will be discharge-only. This forces northbound passengers to use Cascades trains 500 or 504/506 when heading north -- both of those choices run significantly earlier than Train 14.
Oregon Iron Works in Clackamas may become the only manufacturer of streetcars in the United States. Currently all operating streetcars were made outside the country.
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