Flooding Disrupts S.W. Chief in New Mexico

Flooding caused by heavy rain washed out tracks used by Amtrak’s Southwest Chief in New Mexico last weekend.

The flooding also disrupted operations of the RailRunner Express commuter trains serving Albuquerque.

Both railroads operated bus bridges with commuters riding buses between Bernalillo and Santa Fe while Southwest Chief rode between Albuquerque and Lamy.

The storms dumped 1.24 inches of rain, causing the washout on San Felipe Pueblo near a bridge at milepost 874.

The flooding caused misaligned rails, roadbed erosion and left debris on the tracks for nearly a mile.

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