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Date: 10/18/03 18:33
BNSF derailment east of Williston ND
Author: mundo

Both main lines blocked. Amtrak train 8 will hold at Williston.

No estimate of when line can open



Date: 10/18/03 18:41
Re: BNSF derailment east of Williston ND
Author: bnick

Amtrak is being held at Snowden,Mt Report is 10 cars on the ground 2 miles west of Epping ,ND



Date: 10/19/03 16:54
Re: BNSF derailment east of Williston ND
Author: mundo

One track open.

Amtrak train 8 of the 17, departed Williston 20 hrs and 26 min late.

Amtrak train 7 of the 18, departed Williston 4 hrs and 2 min.

No buses were available to handle passengers from train 8 eastward, so they sat it out.



Date: 10/19/03 17:22
Re: BNSF derailment east of Williston ND
Author: P

mundo Wrote:
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> One track open.
>
> Amtrak train 8 of the 17, departed Williston 20
> hrs and 26 min late.
>
>
>
> No buses were available to handle passengers
> from train 8 eastward, so they sat it out.


Ouch. Hope no one was in a big hurry.



Date: 10/19/03 19:29
Re: BNSF derailment east of Williston ND
Author: MEKoch

One time when there was a flood at Williston, in 1977?, we detoured south on the branch down to Glendive (ex NP) and then went east to Fargo. We lost about eight hours in the detour maneuver.



Date: 10/19/03 22:19
Re: BNSF derailment east of Williston ND
Author: GearHeadGrrrl

Given that BNSF was predicting something like a 24 hour delay, I'm surprised Amtrak didn't try that detour. With so many BNSF trains held, I suspect qualified crews would have been available. It would have been possible to turn 8 at Williston and 7 at Minot, and being a weekend school buses would have been available if all else failed. However, with 7 not getting in to Minot until 9 am or so there would still be at least a 14 hour delay for 8.



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