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#8 Departing Seattle 16th.
Posted by NP Eddie on Friday, March 17, 2017 9:30 PM

ALL:

#8 of the 16th arrived Spokane 4" late  and departed 1' 49" late. This train shows departing Sandpoint 12' 28" late and departing Libby 14' 02" late. Does anyone know the reasons for the delays?

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Posted by Deggesty on Saturday, March 18, 2017 8:03 AM

NP Eddie

ALL:

#8 of the 16th arrived Spokane 4" late  and departed 1' 49" late. This train shows departing Sandpoint 12' 28" late and departing Libby 14' 02" late. Does anyone know the reasons for the delays?

Ed Burns

 

Ed, did you not mean that #8 arrived in Spokane 4 minutes late? 4"=4 seconds. 4 minutes would be 4'. Did it not depart Libby 14:02 late and not 14 minutes and 2 seconds late.?

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Posted by NP Eddie on Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:02 AM

Johnny, sorry I should have written out hours and minutes. As of 0959 this morning, #8 departed Wolf Point 14 hours and 54 minutes late.  ETA into St. Cloud is 701PM, 13 hours and 42 minutes late. I have to assume that AMTRAK will deadhead a crew to Winona to bring #7 back and that same van will wait to return 8's crew to St. Cloud.

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Posted by NP Eddie on Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:07 AM

Johnny and ALL:

Trainorders.com listed mudslides in Idaho for the delay. Both 7 and 8 got delayed.

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Posted by Bruce Kelly on Sunday, March 19, 2017 11:21 AM

Late yesterday (18th) No.7 was showing held at Whitefish and 8 and 28 had late turns coming back from Seattle and Portland. This morning (19th) 8 was shown at Spokane with 28 just coming into town. Due to yesterday's repeat landslide performance at Katka, ID, they apparently decided to bus bridge between the two sides. Heard 27 and then 7 depart Spokane maybe an hour ago, turning on 8's equipment. 

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Posted by Bruce Kelly on Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:54 PM

Turns out there's been no bus action between Spokane and Whitefish due to this latest slide at Katka (which BNSF cleared this morning). Instead, Amtrak says they moved some extra equipment to Spokane. This allowed a late departure of 7 and 27 out of Spokane this morning while the regularly-scheduled 7 was still on its way out of Whitefish. No.8 crossed the Idaho panhandle around mid-day today, meeting No.7 north (RR east) of Sandpoint. Warnings to be on the lookout for potential washouts due to snow melt are still in effect.

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Posted by Bruce Kelly on Sunday, March 19, 2017 6:26 PM

No.7's passengers are getting some rare freight-only mileage right now, being routed through the Hauser, ID, refueling facility on Main 4 because Mains 1 and 2 are jammed with trains. Not unheard of, though. Amtraks have been known to get routed through the Hauser fuel pad, especially in winter, when BNSF needs the silver snowcoach service to ferry crews to and from dead trains out along the main.

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