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Railroad to resume freight service

An Alaska Railroad bridge washout at Gold Creek, north of Talkeetna, Saturday, September 21, 2012.
Photo provided by the Alaska Railroad
Alaska Railroad (ARRC) track repair crews continue working day and night to repair a major washout that has left 500 feet of the mainline track dangling just south of Gold Creek (ARRC Milepost 261, about 35 miles north of Talkeetna). Once the washout is repaired train traffic can resume north of Wasilla. Crews estimate repair will be completed by Wednesday.
Photo courtesy Alaska Railroad Corporation
Crews work on the large washout at mile 261, near Gold Creek, filling the gap with an estimated 20,000 cubic yards of material. Alaska Railroad (ARRC) track repair crews have repaired a major washout that left 500 feet of mainline track dangling just south of Gold Creek (about 35 miles north of Talkeetna). Freight traffic is expected to resume through the affected area by 4:00pm Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
Photo provided by the Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad is planning to resume freight traffic between Anchorage and Fairbanks on Tuesday after repairs were made to 500 feet of track washed out by flooding.

The railroad in a release said crews working double shifts have repaired the track near Gold Creek, about 35 miles north of Talkeetna.

Trains between Anchorage and Fairbanks have not operated since Sept. 19. That means no tank cars carrying petroleum from North Pole Refinery or coal cars from Usibelli Coal Mines at Healy north of Denali National Park.

The railroad estimated the cost of system-wide damage repair from flooding and storms at nearly $2 million.

Officials later this week expect to add to that lost revenue from interrupted train deliveries, and said it's expected to be a substantial amount. Alaska Railroad to resume freight service



Associated Press