Flooding Delays Alaska Railroad Traffic

A view of the washout of the bridge over Gold Creek. Photo from the Alaska Railroad

Flooding has hampered activities by the Alaska Railroad across Southcentral Alaska this week.

Currently, all train traffic north of Wasilla is delayed until at least Monday due to flood damage in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, according to an Alaska Railroad press release.

Crews are currently addressing washouts and bridge damage in several areas between Willow and Gold Creek.

Alaska Railroad officials also say that the Aurora train scheduled for the weekend is cancelled. Passengers will be bused from Anchorage to Fairbanks on Saturday, and from Fairbanks back to Anchorage on Sunday.

The Railroad is considering a special flag-stop train once flooding impacts are under control, according to a press release.

The rail corridor between Anchorage, Seward and Whittier is open. There were a few minor washouts in the Seward area, but they have since been repaired.