Hurricane Harvey railroad updates for Aug. 29

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Hurricane Harvey and major railroad locations Aug. 29
Federal Railroad Administration Safety Map; TRAINS: Steve Sweeney
HOUSTON — As heavy rains and constant wind buffet Houston and south Texas, railroads have virtually shuttered operations. Trains News Wire has compiled a list of affected freight, passenger, and tourist operations and their most recent confirmed statuses.

• All switching halted in all Houston area yards. Flooded roads are preventing employees from getting to work
•Workers have found several washouts and stretches of flooded track
•The company is deploying aerial drones to inspect tracks

• All traffic through the Houston area is stopped
• News releases suggest track cannot be inspected due to high water

•All operations are suspended between Laredo and Kendleton, Texas. Traffic embargo in and out of the rain-soaked region remains in effect.

Houton METRORail:
All light rail service is currently suspended.

Sunset Limited between San Antonio, Texas, and New Orleans, La., is suspended with no alternate transportation provided.
Texas Eagle train service between Fort Worth and San Antonio is suspended with buses provided instead.
• All feeder buses into Houston, Galveston, and other southeastern Texas locations have been halted.

MUSEUMS and TOURIST operations:
• Galveston Railroad Museum: Evacuated a portion of its collection to BNSF's Pearland Yard. Condition of its buildings and displays inside is currently unknown.
• Rockport (Texas) Depot sustains heavy damage
• Rosenberg (Texas) Railroad Museum: Unknown status
• Hermann Park Railroad (in Houston): Unknown status
• Houston Area Live Steamers: Unknown status
• Tomball (Texas) Depot and Museum: Unknown status

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