The Oregon Electric Railway

The trolley tracks seen here are all that remains of Eugene's trolley system — these tracks run only a block. The rest of the trackage that ran along Eugene's streets has either been pulled up or paved over, although in the past there have been sections that have been paved over but have been chipped away, exposing the rails, due to weather and stress. This is looking north at the intersection of 22nd and Columbia. Photo by Aaron Durland.
Looking south along Columbia. Photo by Aaron Durland.
Looking west at the corner of Grant and 5th, this is the "end of the line" for the section of the former OE track still in use. A piece of the old line is still preserved in the pavement. Directly behind this photo the track to the right comes to an end alongside a local warehouse. The Portland & Western, a subsidiary of the Genesee & Wyoming Inc. now operates the line. Photo by Aaron Durland.
Down the next block going east, looking westward, a remnant of what appears to be a spur or siding can still be seen next to this business. Photo by Aaron Durland.
At the same location looking eastward, the ROW went between the street (5th Street) and the fence. Photo by Aaron Durland.
Just a few feet to the east, if you look closely at the street, you can see cuts in the pavement where the ROW began to move into the center of the street. Photo by Aaron Durland.
Again, a few feet to the east, looking east, you can see where the ROW ran down the middle of 5th, heading to the former OE passenger station (which is now the Oregon Electric Station, a restaurant). The line originally ended close to the intersection of 5th and High but the visible remains of the old ROW that you see here end beginning at the intersection of 5th and Blair as newer pavement has been laid on that particular section. Photo by Aaron Durland.

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There is another part of the spur about to be un-earthed at the lot of 5th and Charnelton behind LC jail, due to new parking lot going in.

Major, K
Cottage Grove, OR

Glad the OE depots remain, both in Albany and Eugene. Both are nice structures well worth visiting.

Kenn Lantz
Clackamas, OR

The picture is not related to the Oregon Electric, but is some of the last remaining rails from the municipal trolley line in Eugene Oregon. They can be seen at Fairmount St. near the U of O.

Bradney Thomas