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Oregon Talgo trains enter service
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Oregon DOTTHE first of two 13-car Talgo trains acquired by the state of Oregon with the aid of stimulus funds from the United States government entered service on July 26.

The Series 8 trains are being used alongside three Talgo sets owned by the state of Washington and two owned by Amtrak on Cascades services from Eugene, Oregon, to Seattle and Vancouver.

According to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the service pattern on this route was stretching the existing fleet, and additional rolling stock is required for the launch of two additional daily services between Portland and Seattle in 2017.

Each train seats 286 passengers and with features including catering facilities, bicycle storage, business class accommodation, and passenger Wi-Fi.

ODOT says it has spent $US 38.4m on the two trains, plus an additional $US 6m on consultants, spare parts, testing, and the addition of Wi-Fi equipment.   Read More....


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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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Brand new trains greet ready-to-ride passengers
“Mt. Bachelor” and “Mt. Jefferson” will soon join Amtrak Cascades fleet

twoSALEM — The purchase process has taken several years, but there is no doubt among many Oregonians – train fans, in particular – that it has been worth the wait. On Saturday, many of those fans were on hand to celebrate Oregon’s first state-owned passenger rail service trains. The Oregon Department of Transportation purchased two new 13-car trainsets using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and one of the trainsets was available for tours at Union Station in Portland. Both trainsets will soon rotate into the Amtrak Cascades fleet, which provides passenger rail service from Eugene to Vancouver, B.C.

ODOT Director Matt Garrett is especially proud of the public’s continued support for passenger rail, which contributes to our state’s high quality of life.

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Gathering celebrates Oregon’s new state-owned trains
The Talgo-made 13-car trainsets will join the Amtrak Cascades service

EUGENE, Ore. – The first Oregon-owned passenger train to ride the rails made its official debut today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Eugene. Elected officials, dignitaries from local, state, regional and national organizations, and avid passenger rail fans welcomed the new 13-car trainsets to the Amtrak Cascades service with speeches, refreshments and “sneak peeks” at one of the new trains.

“This is an exciting day for everyone in Oregon – not just for those who love trains, but for those who appreciate having options in travel,” Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Garrett said. “It took an amazing amount of teamwork to make this dream of having our own trains come true. Now, we’re taking the next big step in Oregon passenger rail travel with our own state-owned trains.”

Adding Oregon-owned trains to the Cascades corridor will ensure passenger train service from Eugene to Portland, and give Oregonians more options now and in the future.

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