Revamped Coos Bay railway celebrates one year anniversary

November 8, 2012 by  

The one year anniversary of the re-opening of a defunct railway linking Oregon’s largest coastal town to the rest of the state was reached last month, and businesses could not be happier. The railway was closed five years ago as it was deemed unsafe, essentially cutting off supply lines for parts and delivery of finished products.

Although only a portion of the $30 million construction project has been completed in the last year, businesses such as American Bridge quickly jumped on board. They started competing for new work outside of the immediate region that they could no longer bid for after the railway closed. Many of their finished products are so heavy and cumbersome that they can only be transported by rail. A railway can transport about four times the weight that a semi-truck can handle and is much less expensive.

The new, improved railway will not only be beneficial for long-time businesses like American Bridge, but hopefully will attract new business to the area. Advertising campaigns to promote the revamped railway service could include a variety of printing services, including posters, flyers and brochures. The location of the railway and connections to nearby industrial and commercial areas could be mapped out as well as the time and frequency of service.

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay purchased the abandoned railway line after the Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad closed it in 2007, without warning. Completion of the safety improvements will add a significant incentive for economic growth in Coos Bay.