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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.


Talgo Corporate Video 2013

Published on Aug 21, 2013




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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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Talgo: Getting the Public On Board

mt-talgo1 10719090Talgo Inc. has manufactured two intercity trainsets for Wisconsin at its plant in Milwaukee and caught in the middle of political crossfire, those trains may end up providing service elsewhere in the country.

On May 20, Talgo held an open house from noon to 3:00 for the public to, “be among the first to see the improvements awaiting riders on Amtrak’s Hiawatha line.”

Among a variety of technological advances, the trains feature lightweight construction, natural tilting and low center of gravity for a smooth ride, outlets between seats, Wi-Fi, closed-circuit TV and a variety of seating configurations for riders.

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