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December 3, 2013

Oregon taps lottery funds to enlarge train tunnels

GLENDALE, Ore. (AP) — State lottery proceeds of up to $4.56 million have been pledged to a project to enlarge four railroad tunnels so modern freight cars can transport wood products from Southern Oregon mills on the Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad.

The four vintage tunnels in the Glendale area don't have enough vertical clearance for modern high-capacity freight cars, the Grants Pass Daily Courier reports. They're wide enough, just not high enough, and the shorter cars that fit through are rapidly being retired from service.

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