SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Freight trains are now running between Seattle and Vancouver after a small landslide blocked the tracks, but passengers will be waiting until Friday for their services to resume.
The recent heavy rain is being blamed for the landslide along the coast in Surrey that temporary stopped all trains.
BNSF, the company that owns the rail line, says the landslide happened between Crescent Beach and White Rock.
“Four miles north of White Rock. It happened earlier this morning about five feet deep. Mud, sticks, small trees and debris came on to the tracks,” says Gus Melonas with the company.
“We have suspended passenger operations as engineering procedure and that will be for 48 hours from this morning. No Amtrak for 48 hours between Bellingham and Vancouver.”
Freight services resumed this afternoon after BNSF cleared the tracks of debris.
Amtrak says buses will run between Vancouver and Seattle while passenger services are down. Train service between Bellingham and Seattle is operating normally.
Anyone who is impacted by the closures is asked to contact Amtrak to talk about changing plans or talk about a refund.