Passenger trains run part way

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad was partly back in business Thursday after repairing an 800-foot section of track that was damaged by flooding north of Talkeetna.

Railroad officials said the Denali Star trains were running only part way because the waters had not yet completely receded.

Northbound trains are only going to Talkeetna and the railroad is busing passengers to destinations beyond that, said railroad spokesman Patrick Flynn. Southbound trains were stopping at the Denali depot.

Railroad crews worked all day Wednesday to repair the section of track that was damaged by this week's flooding of the Susitna River.

Wednesday was to be the inaugural run of the Denali Star between Anchorage and Fairbanks. But it was canceled by the damage.

The railroad planned to use the train-bus combination again Friday as a safety precaution, Flynn said.

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