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Train service suspended due to track damage

By Staff | Apr 21, 2009

If there don’t seem to be many trains passing through Rugby of late, you’re right.

The Burlington Northern-Sante Fe’s main line running through town has been temporarily shut down due to track damage near Granville caused by overland flooding. Trains have had to be re-routed, or in the case of Amtrak’s Empire Builder route, suspended.

Duane Veach, Amtrak station agent, said it could be two weeks before track repairs are made and daily service returns to Rugby. The

Currently, Amtrak is again operating on BNSF’s KO Subdivision, commonly referred to as the Surrey Cuttoff. As a result, train service bypasses Rugby, Devils Lake and Grand Forks. This marks the second time this spring Amtrak service in Rugby has been affected by flooding, and the station has been temporarily closed.

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