These Amtrak Passengers Are Having a Really Bad Journey

Amtrak Train Bound for Klamath Falls Stopped Due to Snow, Debris

Almost 200 people have been stuck on an Amtrak train in OR for more than 30 hours.

An Amtrak train stuck in the OR snow since Sunday got moving again Tuesday after almost 200 passengers waited for about 36 hours, officials said.

Though passengers joked about the straining situation, they also reported a "Kumbaya"-like atmosphere. It's going to be like this for hours", said Wyrick". Crews have been working day and night to clear the tracks and reach the train, but the weather is making it almost impossible.

The plan is to move the train back to Eugene and Portland, according to McMahan.

Passengers were originally told they would be delayed "a couple of hours" as crews repaired the train, Dodson said.

"UP crews worked overnight to clear the tracks".

Another passenger posted a video that the National Guard was coming to rescue the crew but not the passengers. The tracks are closed due to "severe weather conditions on the Union Pacific Railroad". The town of Oakridge boasts a little more than 3,200 people. By Tuesday morning, at least a foot had accumulated, the weather service said. Oakridge averages 2.8cm in February.

At 11:15 p.m. Monday, Amtrak released a statement that its Cascades Service was temporarily suspended between Portland and Eugene through Thursday.

The area has seen record-setting snow.

Union Pacific spokesman Tim McMahan told The Associated Press that crews attempting to clear the train tracks of downed trees were hampered by the fierce storm, which left approximately 30 centimetres of snow on the ground by Monday morning.

The train had power and enough food on board, for which passengers will not be charged, Amtrak said on Twitter on Monday.

Officials decided that the train was the safest place for passengers to stay because it had food, heat electricity and functioning toilets, Naparstek said.

He said Amtrak will contact customers to provide refunds and "other compensation as appropriate".

To pass the time, Rhodes and her brother browsed the internet and played war, speed and cribbage with cards they bought in the cafe. "Ladies who have never met before were dancing in aisles", another passenger, Rebekah Dodson, told CNN.

Still, she said, the "hardship" has been stressful as passengers can not go anywhere. The stranded train was surrounded by feet of snow.

Amtrak apologized for the "extended delay" and defended the decision to not let passengers off the train. Some Los Angeles-bound college students had "panicked" because their professors wouldn't accept their excuse for missing class, Dodson said.

But Dodson said Tuesday morning that passengers had been told breakfast would be the last meal available.

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