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Alaska Railroad assessing earthquake damage

Service was suspended so that officials could make a full assessment of the railroad's facilities and infrastructure.
Photo – Alaska Railroad Corp.'s Facebook account


Alaska Railroad Corp. suspended all rail services following the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck near Anchorage on Nov. 30.

Service was suspended so officials could make a full assessment of the railroad's facilities and infrastructure, according to statements posted on Alaska Railroad's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The earthquake left parts of the railroad's system north of Anchorage "impassable," the Anchorage Daily News reported yesterday.

Railroad officials had identified at least three areas to the north damaged by ground shifting, cracking or sloughing, the newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is assessing damage to transportation infrastructure. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, who has declared the region a disaster, announced that all state offices in southcentral Alaska will be closed today due to extensive damage on the Glenn Highway.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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