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December 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Mudslide: Sounder Northline suspended until at least Monday

UPDATE, 6:45 p.m. | The Sounder Northline service is suspended until at least Monday, Sound Transit said in a news release.

BNSF Railway and Sound Transit officials will investigate the slide and slope stability along the corridor before determining when to resume service.

A description of what happened from the release: There were no injuries or damage to the train equipment. Initial reports indicate that the train’s operator applied emergency braking upon seeing debris moving down a slope. The mud slid onto the tracks in front of the train, which came  to a stop in shallow debris. The train remained at the location for approximately an hour while conditions were assessed and then proceeded onward, pushing the debris off the tracks.

UPDATE, Thursday, 6:10 a.m. | A BNSF Railway spokesman says a Wednesday evening mudslide from a slope adjacent to the main rail line between Seattle and Everett has halted passenger train traffic in the corridor until Friday evening.

Gus Melonas says a Sounder commuter train was in the area when the slide hit and some debris ended up against the train’s wheels. He says the train was not damaged, was inspected and has moved through the area.

Rail crews responded to remove the debris. Melonas says freight train disruption was expected to be minimal.

The slide struck a half mile south of the Everett train depot and measured 10 feet wide by 30 feet long and 4 feet deep. The area has been hit by heavy rain in recent days.

A 48-hour safety moratorium for passenger trains will last until Friday evening. During such moratoriums, rail passengers are bused between Seattle and Everett.

ORIGINAL POST | A mudslide Wednesday evening south of Everett has blocked the railroad tracks, affecting passenger rail service.

According to initial reports, slide debris hit a Sounder train around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said. The train has stopped, but will be moving within an hour to offload passengers. The track is expected to reopen at 9:30 p.m.

A 48-hour moratorium is in place for all passenger rail service, which includes both Amtrak and Sounder trains, between the King Street Station in Seattle and Everett, Melonas said. Sound Transit will provide special buses with direct service to and from Northline Sounder stations in addition to local bus service. Service will resume Monday, Sound Transit said.

So far this winter, rail service has been halted three times because of slides in the area, Melonas said.

Morning bus service on Thursday:

Everett-Seattle: Special buses will depart Everett Station from the Greyhound platform at 5:45 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 6:45 a.m., and 7:15 a.m.Riders may also board regularly scheduled ST Express Route 510 departing approximately every 10 minutes from Bay C1.

Mukilteo-Seattle: A special bus will depart Mukilteo Station from the driveway roundabout at the train platform at 6:26 a.m. and 7:26 a.m. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 417 at the Ferry Terminal departing at 5:49 a.m., 6:21 a.m., 6:51 a.m., 7:21 a.m., and 7:53 a.m.

Edmonds-Seattle: A special bus will depart Edmonds Station from the Amtrak parking lot at 6:41 a.m. and 7:41 a.m. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 416 at Edmonds Station departing at 5:45 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 6:34 a.m., 6:55 a.m., and 7:42 a.m.

– Take Everett Transit 18 at Bay D2

– Take Community Transit Swift at Bay G1 to 196th Street Southwest and Highway 99
– Transfer to Community Transit 196

Mukilteo – Edmonds:
– Take Community Transit 113 at Highway 525 and Front Street to Lynnwood Transit Center
– Transfer to Community Transit 116

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