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Oregon's new Amtrak Cascades Talgo 8 passenger trains roll into Portland
By Joseph Rose

The Northwest isn't expected to get high-speed commuter rail service in the near future (our existing freight tracks just aren't built for it).

Still, if that day comes, the Oregon Department of Transportation's new 13-car Talgo 8 trains -- the world's first – are built to handle the maneuvering and speed.

For now, ODOT and Amtrak are counting on the state-of-the-art trains, purchased with $38.4 million in 2009 federal stimulus money, to expand daily commuter rail service between Portland and Eugene.

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