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BNSF Derailment Delays SW Chief

January 25, 2021

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief encountered delays on Sunday in Arizona due the derailment of a BNSF intermodal train.

Amtrak said the westbound Chief had halted in Albuquerque due to the derailment near Joseph City, Arizona, 23 miles east of Winslow.

No injuries were reported in the BNSF derailment that sent several double stack well cars off the tracks.

The Amtrak train that was delayed had departed Chicago on Saturday afternoon.

Around noon on Monday Amtrak said on Twitter that Train No. 3 was continuing to hold in Albuquerque until the track ahead could be repaired and reopened.

Empire Builder Returning to Normal

January 6, 2020

Amtrak’s Empire Builder is slowly making its way back to normal after its route reopened in Idaho.

The route had closed on Jan. 1 after a westbound BNSF train derailed near Katka, about 10 miles east of Bonners Ferry, on the Kootenai River Subdivision.

The derailment closed the route for three days and sent Empire Builder passengers riding a bus west of Whitefish, Montana.

BNSF said a rockslide caused the derailment in which there were no injuries.

On Sunday the westbound Builder reached Whitefish  more than 8 hours late because of delays on the previous eastbound run.

Trains that originated in Seattle and Portland on Sunday were on time as they were traveling to Spokane, Washington, where they combine into a single train for Chicago.

No. 8 arrived in Spokane 37 minutes early while No. 28 was 30 minutes early.

BNSF Idaho Derailment Disrupts Empire Builder

January 4, 2020

Operations of Amtrak’s Empire Builder were disrupted this week due to a derailment of a BNSF freight train in Idaho that closed the carrier’s route to the Pacific Northwest.

The westbound manifest freight derailed on Wednesday evening on BNSF’s Kootenai River Subdivision near Katka, about 10 miles east of Bonners Ferry.

Three locomotives and six cars left the tracks with the lead unit landing in the Kootenai River.

Rescue workers had to use ropes to rescue the crew, but otherwise there were no injures.A rockslide is thought to have caused the derailment.

Amtrak’s Chicago to Seattle Train No. 7 was turned on Thursday at Whitefish, Montana, after it received serving in the BNSF yard.

That included restocking the dining car with food from local grocery stores.

Passengers were taken west of Whitefish on chartered buses.

Trains 8 and 28 were expected to depart Seattle and Portland respectively on Friday as normal. The train that departed Chicago on Thursday was to be held in Whitefish on Friday until BNSF reopens the line.

BNSF Derailment Disrupts Illinois Zephyr

November 20, 2019

A BNSF derailment on Tuesday prevented the eastbound Illinois Zephyr from leaving Quincy, Illinois.

The derailment in West Quincy, Missouri, blocked the route the train takes when ferrying from the BNSF yard where the equipment spends the night to the Quincy Amtrak station.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said passengers who had been ticketed to ride Train No. 380 were instead put aboard chartered buses.

He said the buses could not make the same time as the train and passengers would experience delays.

The derailment occurred about 5:30 a.m. and involved 12 cars leaving the tracks, five of them turning over onto their sides.

No hazardous material was involved in the derailment.

The Illinois Zephyr returned to normal operations Tuesday evening.