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Street Running in Harrisburg, Oregon (editor's title)

P&W train in Harrisburg, OR
Portland & Western Railroad freight train running northward along 4th Street in Harrisburg, Oregon, in 2009. A surprising number of railroads were built in the middle of residential and commercial streets. In many cases, the railroads have since been relocated to separate rights-of-way for safety and congestion reasons, but an April 2008 feature in Trains magazine estimated that some 200 instances of "street running" remain active in the United States. This location is one of several on Portland & Western's Oregon Electric District, which was originally built as an "interurban" electric railroad focused primarily on local passenger service. The passenger trains stopped running in 1933 and electrification ended in 1945, but the street trackage remains, although today it sees only a few diesel-powered freight trains.
Source Scott Lothes, Corvallis, Oregon
Coverage Spatial, Harrisburg, Oregon; Temporal, January 16, 2009
Rights Scott Lothes
Date Created 2009-01-16
Resource Type
Extent 12.8 megapixel RAW file
Depicted Railroad
Location Harrisburg, Oregon
Equipment, Locomotive GP38-3 no. 2005
Builder, locomotive Electro-Motive Division, General Motors Corporation
Creator Description Scott Lothes grew up in West Virginia and Ohio, and has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for three years as the assistant editor of an engineering magazine, and then spent two years living, traveling, and teaching English in Asia. He won the 2003 Trains magazine photography contest and was co-winner of the Center's 2006 Creative Photography Award. Lothes has been studying railroads in literature for several years, and hopes to continue those studies in graduate school.
Collection Scott Lothes Collection
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