Washouts Send Chief, Zephyr Detouring

Flooding that caused washouts on BNSF tracks used by Amtrak sent the California Zephyr and Southwest Chief onto alternative routes this past week.

Both trains were to detour over nearby Union Pacific routes, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magiliari said.

The Zephyr was to use a former Chicago & North Western route through central Iowa while the Chief was to be sent over the former Missouri Pacific route used by Amtrak’s Missouri River Runners east of Kansas City, Missouri.

Amtrak was offering alternate transportation to most intermediate stops and is offering rebooking and full refunds to passengers who decided not to travel.

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