100 Years ago in the Oregonian
JANUARY 4, 1914 – TRACK LAYING ON OREGON ELECTRIC CUT OFF IS HAMPERED BY “SOFT” WEATHER
The contractors on the Multnomah-Garden Home cutoff on the Oregon Electric, just out of Portland, have encountered a great deal of “soft” weather since Thanksgiving day, which has held back the opening of this portion of the new double-track system to regular traffic. Notwithstanding this, however, work has been prosecuted. The big cut, near Maplewood, and the long fills of two canyons, were completed. .As fast as the condition of the weather admits the double tracks are being dressed and placed in shape for service at the earliest practicable time. As fine a piece of double track roadbed as can be found in the state is to be seen from View Point to Capitol Hill where, for the rest of the way, the standard ballasting with gravel has been finished. The last stretch of the new work, from Multnomah to Garden Home junction will not be used, probably until the big fills settle thoroughly, but southside interurban commuters are pleased at the improvement and the freer movement of trains over the portion of the system where ‘the double tracks are now being used. The cutoff project is estimated to have cost about $800,000.
Thanks to Steve Kovacs for bringing this article to our attention.