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Date: 01/13/17 23:03
Slide on northend of Puerto Suello Hill halts SMART trains
Author: weather

SMART MOW crews clear a rock, mud, and tree slide today on the NW side at the Terra Linda/Los Ranchitos side of Tunnel #4 north of San Rafael.  Large Euclyptus trees was part of the debris which blocked the north portal.  I talked to one of the SMART folks on the scene and said he said that the initial work done by the contractor when the tunnel was seismically strengthened, including stabilization of the hillside was under "warranty".  A geologist will brough in for soe geo-technical work to see in the hillside is stable enough to run trains.  Here are three images showing the clean-up and the aftermath.  The shots werre taken this afternoon at Cerro (the NWP station name at north end of the Tunnel)  and north of the San Pedro Rd. crossing where the debris was deposited awaiting removal.   Slide is cleared looking south thru the cut and the north portal.  The slide was on the right side.  #2.  Excavator on mobile hi-rail flat with large tree limb.  #3 shot show the debris pile.



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Date: 01/13/17 23:06
Re: Slide on northend of Puerto Suello Hill halts SMART trains
Author: weather

The rocks and mud were cleared and the trees were piled next to the ROW about a quarter of a mile north of the tunnel  Text and photos of Mike Pechner



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