Portland’s Next Streetcar

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The Portland Streetcar Board had the opportunity to tour the work on our prototype “made in America” vehicle at Oregon Iron Works on Wednesday.

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Manufacturing should be completed by the end of the year, and the car running on Portland’s streets sometime in Q1 ’09 after thorough testing.

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This is where the bridge plate gets installed.

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This is the “bogie”, the structure that holds the drive motors and suspension.

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Compared to Czech manufacturing methods, Oregon Iron Works (through its joint venture with Skoda, United Streetcar) invests up-front in a lot of fixtures and jigs which speeds downstream manufacturing and increases quality.

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