SALEM -- A street repaving project has revealed a piece of Salem's railway history.
Construction crews working on a downtown repaving project along State Street uncovered a section of train tracks believed to have been used by the Oregon Electric Railway, which operated about a century ago.
The Statesman Journal says the tracks were part of an electric interurban railway.
Oregon Electric trains began operating between Portland and Salem in 1908. Service between Salem and Eugene was added a year or so later.
The trains provided service to Salem until the early 1930s as the Great Depression and the growing use of automobiles took a toll on the railroad industry.