Train to nowhere: 183 passengers stuck on Amtrak train since Sunday

Amtrak Train Bound for Klamath Falls Stopped Due to Snow, Debris

Amtrak Train With 183 Passengers Stranded In Oakridge Amid Snowstorm

Tired passengers patiently waiting three days aboard a stranded Amtrak train in snowy OR received welcome news on Tuesday morning that they would be moving again.

The Coast Starlight was traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles when it hit a tree in Oakridge Sunday evening.

As Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told CNN, "Conditions further deteriorated with numerous track blockages from snow and fallen trees".

Another passenger, Carly Bigby, told KOIN 6 News that the snack cart was empty and children were restless.

What next: The train was originally stuck about 45 miles southeast of Eugene, Oregon, according to the Oregonian.

Amtrak confirmed that there is ample food and water on the train, and that passengers do not have to pay for it. The train remains stuck almost 24 hours later due to heavy snow and other debris on the tracks. "A teenager played his ukulele to kids to get them to sleep". The entire town has no electricity due to the weather, and Oregon Highway 58, visible from the train, is completely shut down due to snow and ice.

Bigby said they ran out of food on Monday night so Tuesday's announcement couldn't have come soon enough. "Ladies who have never met before were dancing in aisles", another passenger, Rebekah Dodson, told CNN.

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They reiterated Amtrak's decision to keep passengers on the train, noting there was limited lodging in Oakridge. Crews have been working day and night to clear the tracks and reach the train, but the weather is making it almost impossible. "Moms are doing all they can right now".

Amtrak's Coast Starlight set off for Seattle from Los Angeles early on Sunday, according to the AP.

She would later tell KTVL News that passengers were putting washcloths together to create makeshift nappies for babies on board and scrounging together feminine products for women who had run out.

She estimated it could be days before she could make her way home to Klamath Falls, Oregon, because roads are closed and there are no flights available.

The train is being pulled by a Union Pacific locomotive back toward Eugene, said Tim McMahan, spokesman for Union Pacific, which owns the OR rail line where the train had been stranded.

Rebekah Dodson boarded the train Sunday afternoon in the small OR city of Albany and had expected to be in Klamath Falls by 9:50 p.m. She also said there was a problem with the heating on the train the night before.

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