Railroad-car fire halts UP Coast Line, 'Pacific Surfliner'

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Investigators are saying an early-morning fire in several railroad cars is of suspicious origin. The fire halted service on Union Pacific’s Coast Line and led to the cancellation of an Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train.

KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo reported that at least four cars full of railroad ties were reported on fire about 3 a.m., and that San Luis Obispo Fire Chief Garret Olson estimated estimated it would take until 8 or 9 a.m. to extinguish the fire.

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner Twitter account reported that train 774, the southbound scheduled to depart San Luis Obispo at 6:55 a.m., had been cancelled. Passengers were rebooked to connect by bus to train 782, which departs Santa Barbara at 12:40 p.m.

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