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Amtrak running again through Tacoma

Post by Mike Archbold on Feb. 28, 2011 at 9:05 am with No Comments »
February 28, 2011 9:09 am

Amtrak is back running through Tacoma.

The first northbound train to negotiate the track past the freight train derailment by Chambers Bay Golf Course came through at 9 p.m. Sunday.

A passenger train made it south through the Tacoma area at 8:20 a.m. today, a spokesman at the Tacoma Amtrak Station said this morning.

The full daily complement of 10 trains – five north and five south –¬†through Tacoma are scheduled today, the spokesman said.

Full cleanup of the derailment could take up to three weeks. Four rail cars were still on the beach Sunday. An estimated 50 gallons of sodium hydroxide, or lye, spilled with only 25 gallons sinking into the sand.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe is investigating the cause of the derailment that sent 12 cars from one car careening off the northbound tracks and derailed two others on the a southbound train after it was sideswiped.

More detail on the cleanup will be posted as it becomes available from BNSF.

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