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Add MRL to the list of main lines closed due to weather-induced issues in north Idaho. This morning, an empty coal train hit a washout at Kootenai, ID, just east of Sandpoint. MRL says 50-60 empties and one locomotive derailed but remain upright. No injuries.
Latest reports from UP and BNSF on their closures:
The Inland Northwest is quickly becoming a gigantic parking lot for trains in both directions.
50-60empty coal cars and one locomotive were derailed, but remain upright.
Mom Nature - still undefeated!
Never too old to have a happy childhood!
Katka slides have been cleared:
Just saw Amtrak 8 fly by Hauser Yard. No.7 is just passing Bonners Ferry. They should meet somewhere close to Sandpoint.
Another late Amtrak 7 through north Idaho this morning. Since the majority of UP's Hinkle-Eastport line is currently dead while work trains and crews deal with the slide north of Moyie Springs, BNSF is detouring some of its westbounds on the UP from Sandpoint south. First one, a manifest, just coming into Spokane now.
Late No.8 by Hauser, ID, about half an hour ago. Being held at Cocolalla while track ahead at Algoma is inspected.
Katka got hit by slides again yesterday, BNSF currently closed there.
Amtrak is holding at Spokane and Whitefish, again. If a bus bridge isn't available, there might be another meeting of the Builders in northern Idaho sometime today.
BNSF released this short video showing the mess they had to clear at Katka:
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