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Port of Coos Bay Invites Public To Ride The Rails August 24th
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay and Coos Bay Rail Link invite the public to climb aboard for free train rides on Saturday, August 24th. This Coos Bay Rail celebration is offering waterfront excursions during the Blackberry Arts Festival.
This event marks the completion of a major phase of the $31 million Coos Bay Rail Line Rehabilitation project. It also marks the restoration of freight rail service to manufacturers and shippers between Coquille and Eugene, who have competitive transportation options and a connection to the nation’s rail system. The port and CBR want the public to share in the celebration and will offer passenger train rides from 10am to 3pm between Coos Bay and North Bend along the waterfront. There is no charge for passengers and all ages are invited.
Departures at the Coos Bay Boardwalk are scheduled:
· 10 a.m.
· 11:15 a.m.
· 12:30 p.m.
· 1:15 p.m.
CBR locomotives will move two passenger cars in four trips leaving from the Coos Bay Boardwalk throughout the day. Each trip will take passengers from the Boardwalk along historic Front Street, past the construction site of the Coos Historical & Maritime Center, past deep-draft shipping terminals, The Mill Casino and down to the North Bend Waterfront Boardwalk. Passengers will stay on board and ride the train back to the Coos Bay Boardwalk for unloading. Each trip will last approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Other event partners include Oregon Operation Lifesaver, Oregon Coast Historical Railway Museum and Coos Historical & Maritime Museum. A limited number of commemorative pennants will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting these three organizations.