Amtrak is Down, Landslide on BNSF Tracks

November 18, 2009

I talked with Gus Melonas of Burlington Northern Santa Fe. He said that the reported landslides are not quite landslides (well, one probably is a small slump or something). A landslide occurred 4 miles north of Carkeek Park on November 17th, around 6-7am. The landslide was about 30 feet in length, 4-6 feet deep (mostly brambles and blackberry bushes) and composed of mud (no rock). He said it didn’t flow across the track, but any landslide can close the Amtrak Service in that area, so sorry train folks, you have 48 hours to wait. The ‘landslide’ in Skykomish was only a tree that was blown over onto the tracks.
There is one other landslide, one reported up on the Hoko Drainage (Olympic Peninsula), reported by one of our Forest Practice Geologists who helps evaluate that area. That brings our total to 5 landslides from this last storm.

Here was the original post (now defunct):
Two landslides were reported on Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad lines during this storm, but the news is slow to get out. A landslide in the Carkeek Park area north of Seattle closed Amtrak passenger service for the mandated 48 hours. Another landslide was reported to be on BNSF tracks near Skykomish (I suspected there were a couple of landslides up there). I am attempting to contact BNSF to get some more information on these landslides.

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