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Trains have switched to nighttime Ore-Cal trips

Why did the Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad change the timing of its once daily round-trip from White City to Weed, Calif., from daytime hours to nighttime hours? The train used to go south around 9 a.m. and return to the Rogue Valley in the late afternoon. Now they go south around 9 p.m. and return around 4 a.m. This is very disturbing to regular sleep patterns in the early morning. Are they planning to continue this nighttime schedule into the foreseeable future?

— John, Talent

Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad General Manager Bob Colvin confirmed the train trip has switched from daytime to nighttime hours, but he could not reveal details about the change.

"We're actually not allowed to comment on specific train schedules for security reasons," he said.

Colvin added, "Right now, trains are operating through that area at night, but that could change. We can't promise or guarantee that will change."

Colvin said trains throughout the country run 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

"It's like any other transportation industry," he said. "Trucks run up and down the highway at all days and times to get from Point A to Point B."

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