The Portland Streetcar Board had the opportunity to tour the work on our prototype “made in America” vehicle at Oregon Iron Works on Wednesday.
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.
This is where the bridge plate gets installed.
This is the “bogie”, the structure that holds the drive motors and suspension.
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.