High water washes out track north of Talkeetna

Sep 24, 2012 -- 11:08am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Railroad says a washout from flooding left 500 feet of mainline track dangling about 35 miles north of Talkeetna. The washed-out track south of Gold Creek runs parallel to the Susitna River. It's away from the road system and accessible only by rail. The railroad says 35 crew members are working round the clock on work trains with air-dump cars hauling fill material. Crews with heavy equipment are rebuilding the washed-out track from both ends. The area is in a 70-mile stretch of rail corridor between Willow and Gold Creek where high water has affected track and several bridges. Trains scheduled to run between Anchorage and Fairbanks will not operate until repairs are completed.

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