Railroad Construction
6:26 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Oregon Railroad Defies State Order To Stop Work In Salmonberry River

Many sections of the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad washed into the Salmonberry River in a 2007 storm.
Credit Chris Updegrave/Flickr

The state of Oregon has ordered a company to stop rebuilding sections of the Port of Tillamook Bay railroad because it doesn't have a state permit. The company isn't stopping and says it doesn't need a state permit.

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Empire Builder
7:30 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Passengers Wait Hours For Empire Builder, America's Least Reliable Train

Amtrak's Empire Builder rolls past the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Mont.

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 10:00 am

The worst train in America is right here in the Northwest: the famed Empire Builder.

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Oil Train Safety
7:16 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Wyden and Merkley Take Railroad Companies To Task

U.S. senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley asked railroad companies to address growing concerns about oil train safety.
Credit cachew/Flickr

At a meeting with emergency responders in Portland Friday, U.S. senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley asked railroad companies to address growing concerns about oil train safety.

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Oil Spills
7:37 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Emergency Responders Prepare For Increased Risk Of Oil Spills In The Northwest

Tuesday's meeting included emergency responders from the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, Oregon, Washington and Idaho environmental agencies, railroads and oil companies.
Credit Shreyans Bhansali

Northwest emergency responders met in Portland Tuesday to discuss the increased potential for oil spills in the region.

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NW Small Towns
6:52 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Former Northwest Railroad Town Struggles To Keep Last 25 People

The town of Avery, Idaho, once reached a population of 1,100 people. It’s now down to its last 25.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Take a drive down any highway in the Northwest, and you'll pass signs for dozens of small towns. There are more than 700 cities under 10,000 people in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Many of these towns came about because of railroads or timber or mines and now they’re trying to figure out what comes next. Today, we begin an occasional series on Northwest small towns. Correspondent Jessica Robinson takes us to a tiny town in north Idaho that's getting even tinier. 

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Oregon Logging Panel
5:45 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Oregon Governor’s Panel Will Explore Logging Proposals for Railroad Lands

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has created a panel to try to end a stalemate over federal forest lands that once belonged to a corrupt railroad. Amelia Templeton explains.

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Rail Shipping Expansion
4:13 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Northwest Wine Industry To Get Boost From Rail Shipping Expansion

Railex's existing shipping center in Wallula in southeast Washington. The new wine warehouse will be built nearby.

A company that ships Northwest produce to East Coast markets by rail plans an expansion that will benefit the region's wineries. Railex has reached an agreement with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to build a massive wine storage warehouse in southeast Washington.

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