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Old 01-22-2008, 09:57 PM   #1
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Default More Oregon Landslides

Even though it is currently not raining outside, we've been having a lot of landslides in recent weeks here. Just read a story in the Statemsna Journal about the UP line between Eugene and Klamath Falls blocked by a big landslide up near Oakridge.

Clearing rail line near Oakridge may take weeks.
The Associated Press

January 22, 2008

OAKRIDGE — Repair crews now say it may be weeks, not days, before a weekend landslide that blocked passenger and freight rail lines near Oakridge can be cleared.

“We just got there and it’s a lot bigger than we thought,” Union Pacific spokeswoman Zoe Richmond said Monday night.

One 3,000-foot segment was covered in mud and logs 20 feet deep.

The line is Union Pacific’s main connection between Eugene and California. The slide was about 8 miles southeast of Oakridge in an area so remote that crews had to blaze a road into the area.

Until the line is reopened, freight traffic between Portland and Roseville, Calif., will be rerouted using Burlington Northern tracks through Bend.

Amtrak passengers on the Coast Starlight, the only Amtrak train that uses those tracks between Seattle and Los Angeles, are being offered bus service around the closure.
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