Union Pacific tunnel reopening faces further delays

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OAKRIDGE, Ore. — Union Pacific officials say efforts to reopen a collapsed tunnel in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon have been delayed once again and the former Southern Pacific route will be closed until at least June 23.

On May 29, part of a tunnel near Oakridge on the Cascade Subdivision collapsed, affecting about 40 to 50 feet of track. [See "Tunnel collapse shuts down UP in the Cascades," Trains News Wire, May 30, 2018.] The collapse occurred while maintenance was being conducted on the tunnel but no one was injured.

“Service on our rail network continues to be impacted by a tunnel collapse that occurred between Eugene and Chemult, Oregon. We are making progress on the repairs, but due to the remote location and severity of repairs, we anticipate the tunnel will continue to be out of service until June 23,” officials announced this week.

Some trains have been rerouted through Bend on BNSF Railway’s Oregon Trunk Subdivision while most of the traffic is being rerouted via Salt Lake City. Amtrak is currently busing passengers aboard the Coast Starlight between Klamath Falls and Eugene.

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