Shortly after it was reopened, the route of Amtrak’s Empire Builder was closed again.
BNSF said that avalanches in Glacier National park closed its Hi Line near Essex.
Railroad officials said warmer temperatures were a factor in causing avalanches because they were creating layers of unstable snow.
Thursday’s westbound Empire Builder was held overnight at St. Paul Union Depot and passengers bound for points between St. Paul and Minot, North Dakota, were taken to their destination buy bus.
Passengers going beyond Minot were to remain on the train. Amtrak said those passengers will be given a refund and taken back to Chicago on Friday.
Two other sections of the Chicago-Seattle/Portland train were to spend the night Thursday in Montana. This includes an eastbound and a westbound section.
Landslides in Washington State resulted in the cancellation of Amtrak’s Cascades service between Seattle and Portland until Saturday.
Also canceled is the Seattle-Los Angeles Coast Starlight.
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