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Thu Dec 12, 2013, 03:51 PM

Amtrak Cancels Train Routes {Across North Dakota and Montana}

Source: KMOT-TV, Channel 10 in Minot, ND

Posted: Dec 12, 2013 5:38 AM EST
Updated: Dec 12, 2013 11:01 AM EST

By Brenton Burkett

Amtrak has announced the cancellation of "Empire Builder" train routes between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Spokane. The westbound "Train 7" will not run Thursday, December 12 or Saturday, December 14. Service on the eastbound "Train 8" is suspended for Friday, December 13 and Sunday, December 15.

An Amtrak spokesperson says there's too much congestion on the railroads. With the early blast of cold winter weather, the company says it doesn't have the equipment or the crews necessary to safely navigate through the traffic.

The Empire Builder has seven stops in North Dakota, including Minot and Williston. The route has four more stops in eastern Montana. Amtrak is allowing passengers with tickets for canceled trips to reschedule.


Read more: http://www.kmot.com/story/24200823/amtrak-empire-builder-trains-halted



What's the congestion from? Trains of oil coming from the Bakken formation in western North Dakota.

Heavy freight traffic hampers some Amtrak trains
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/N/ND_AMTRAK_DELAYS_MTOL-

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Reply Amtrak Cancels Train Routes {Across North Dakota and Montana} (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Dec 2013 OP
VanillaRhapsody Dec 2013 #1
mahatmakanejeeves Dec 2013 #3
pinto Dec 2013 #2
geardaddy Dec 2013 #4
pangaia Dec 2013 #5
lunasun Dec 2013 #6
SoapBox Dec 2013 #7
Redford Dec 2013 #8

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 03:59 PM

1. You scared me....taking the train to SC on Christmas Day!

Shewww!

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Response to VanillaRhapsody (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 04:04 PM

3. (Laughing) That's why I added {Across Montana and North Dakota}

Had I quoted the headline literally, I figured I would have given dozens of DUers heart attacks.

Have fun on the trip.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 04:01 PM

2. Combination of extreme cold and freight traffic makes sense.

In extremely cold weather all trains - freight and passenger - have to dramatically reduce their speeds. The rails constrict enough to cause safety concerns. Everything backs up.

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Response to pinto (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 04:06 PM

4. Yes.

Subzero cold here in the Twin Cities. Can't imagine what it's like in ND.

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 06:24 PM

5. Go SAINTS !!!

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 06:43 PM

6. Fri's high is to be -3 in Minot ND

bbbrrrrr

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 07:30 PM

7. It startled me, thinking it was a complete service suspension.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:07 PM

8. Me Too!!

I had a OH NO moment!

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