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Washout halts plans for Alaska Railroad passenger service

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Railroad passenger trains were scheduled to roll today between Anchorage and Fairbanks but a washout north of Talkeetna will delay that until at least Thursday.

Northbound and southbound Denali Star trains were canceled because of the washout Tuesday along the Susitna River at Mile 239.

About 20 rail lengths, or about 800 feet, of track are damaged, said railroad spokesman Patrick Flynn.

A northbound freight train had to return to Anchorage on Tuesday, he said. Arrangements were being made with the cargo's owners for alternate transport.

The railroad hoped to repair the damage today and reopen the track by early Thursday, Flynn said.



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