This is a post of primarily local note, but I have long wondered about the history of the railroad line through Newberg and exactly what employees are doing when they route bits and pieces of train back and forth... and back... and forth... across the town's many railroad crossings. This Web page provides some interesting insight into railroad lines in Yamhill County, some of which (including the local ones that can drive a person bonkers when those gates go down) are still functional. (The grammar isn't spectacular, but the information is great.)
The inconvenience of an unscheduled stop aside, I've always been glad to see the activity on these lines. There is something about these big, imposing machines that makes the life of the town seem just a little more "real."