Weather impacts continue to disrupt Amtrak trains
— Washouts in California, plus heavy snows there and along BNSF Railway’s Hi Line across North Dakota and Montana, are among obstacles thrown at Amtrak’s national network the last several days, precipitating cancellations, significant delays, and route truncations.
A washout north of San Luis Obispo, Calif., caused the Coast Starlight to be cancelled in both directions between Los Angeles and Emeryville, Calif., on Sunday; the train is showing “sold out” on that segment for the next few days.
Another washout over the weekend near Bellingham, Wash., cancelled all Canada-bound Cascades service at least through Sunday.
After avoiding the California-Salt Lake City portion of its route for more than a week because of heavy snows over Donner Pass and resulting Union Pacific freight congestion in Nevada, the California Zephyr departing Emeryville on Wednesday, March 8, bravely soldiered east through the Golden State’s continuing “atmospheric river” snows. But it was 7 hours late departing Salt Lake City after getting tripped up by UP freight congestion, mostly east of Elko.