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Railroad ties no longer offered for free

I want to know how I can obtain a release form to be able to pick up railroad ties in Medford?

— Lorien, by email

While the local railroad used to allow people to pick up old railroad ties, it is no longer making them available for the public to take — with or without a release form, said John Bullion, Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad assistant general manager.

COPR ended the program a couple of years ago over safety concerns, Bullion said.

“Now we just dispose of them,” Bullion said. “We were worried about having too many people on the property, so we don’t give them out anymore.”

If you don't mind shelling out a few bucks, Lorien, you can purchase railroad ties at some local lumber outlets, including Budget Lumber on West Main Street in Medford and Home Depot in Phoenix. Prices vary, so you'll want to call around first.

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