Train schedules disrupted by Delta Fire

(Courtesy: Stephy Miehle)

The Union Pacific Railway temporarily shut down its tracks between Redding and Dunsmuir Friday after a spot fire flared up on the tracks.

According to Jeff DeGraff, UPR's Director of Corporate Relations, outages are intermittent.

"We are coordinating with the Forest Service to determine windows when we may safely run trains through the area," said DeGraff. "Due to the fluidity of the situation, we are constantly monitoring and will suspend operations as necessary."

The company currently has water cars protecting its tracks, and other equipment in areas where it's safe enough to travel within, according to UPR spokesperson, Justin Jacobs.

"Between eight and 15 trains move through this stretch of railroad daily, hauling a range of goods — including batteries, televisions and cars — that make up roughly the equivalent of about 3,000 semi-trucks a day," Jacobs said. “It’s a pretty significant amount of cargo."

According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, the rails are back open for now, but only to freight trains, not passenger trains.

Amtrak is experiencing the effects of Union Pacific's rail closure between Lakehead, California and Dunsmuir, California. As a result, Amtrak Coast Starlight Service between Seattle and Los Angeles is temporarily. Travel will end at Klamath Falls, Oregon for passengers going south, and at Sacramento, California for passengers going north.

"Today through Saturday, and possibly longer after that, we're offering people whose travel is interrupted by the fire bus tickets to get to their final destinations," said Olivia Irvin, spokesperson for Amtrak. "Service will resume as soon as conditions safely permit."

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