Coos Bay Rail Link back on track

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Monday, June 04, 2012

After four years on hiatus, the Coos Bay-to-Eugene railroad line is back open, bringing a much needed boost to the Coast Range.

The Seneca mill in Noti is loading up five rail cars a day — sometimes 10 — which represents a “significant” reduction in transportation costs, [Seneca Sawmill General Manager Rick] Re said.

Being able to count on it is now the chief selling point for Tom Foster’s ARG Trans, which is working to steadily increase traffic on the newly opened line, hoping to reach a goal of 2,400 carloads by the end of the year, twice as many the next.

At 10 miles an hour, Foster can’t guarantee that a ride on the rails is the speediest way to get steel, lumber or dairy supplies from Point A to Point B, but it’s usually a more economical alternative than trucking.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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