Delta Fire Stopping Train Travel

Union Pacific and Amtrak are not able to run their normal schedule, because of the California wildfires.

Posted: Sep 11, 2018 6:12 PM

The Union Pacific Railroad is not able to run it's normal schedule. Specifically the tracks that run from Dunsmuir to Redding.

Justin E. Jacobs media director for Union Pacific Railroad says "Train operations have been restored on a limited basis."

Justin tells me that there are only small windows when freight trains can safely pass through
and that's because of what their tracks are made of.

Justin says "The majority of the main line in that area is concrete ties, so thankfully they are not affected by the fire." Not all parts of their track are concrete though. Some are wood. There are also their signal huts and communication equipment that needs to be protected and they water down the equipment to keep it protected. Justin says this keeps it protected to a certain degree from the delta fire. 

Justin says "some of the local fire departments our tapping into some of that water supplies as well to help with the firefighting"operations."

While trains are unable to run. They are helping with firefighting operations as much as they can.

Justin says "we have tracks that run through that community, we are apart of that community as well. so anything we can do to help keep it safe is very important."

Video of firefighters on top of train is courtsey of: Dan Ryant. 

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