Amtrak Back on Track After Weekend Stoppage

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Amtrak trains are resuming their normal schedule after a weekend weather stoppage in Montana and North Dakota.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the Empire Builder will return to normal operations Monday in both directions, with departures from Chicago, Seattle and Portland, Ore.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas said Saturday that snow, freezing temperatures and subzero wind chills led BNSF to halt passenger traffic on its tracks across Montana and North Dakota. Freight trains were running at slower speeds.

Amtrak ran the Empire Builder between Seattle and Whitefish, Mont., and between Chicago and St. Paul, Minn., but not between St. Paul and Whitefish.

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