Alaska Railroad to Resume Freight Service

The Alaska Railroad is planning to resume freight traffic between Anchorage and Fairbanks on Tuesday after repairs were made to 500 feet of track washed out by flooding.

Railroad officials in a release say crews working double shifts have repaired the track near Gold Creek, about 35 miles north of Talkeetna.

Trains between Anchorage and Fairbanks have not operated since Sept. 19. That means no tank cars carrying petroleum from the North Pole Refinery or coal cars from Usibelli Coal Mines at Healy north of Denali National Park.

The railroad has put the cost estimate to repair damage system-wide from flooding and storms at nearly $2 million. Officials later this week expect to add to that lost revenue from interrupted train deliveries, and say it’s expected to be a substantial amount.

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