Heavy Rains and Flooding Causes the North Shore Scenic Railroad to Washout, Trains Are Not Affected

Storms Triggered Flash Flood Warnings Sunday Night In Knife River

KNIFE RIVER, Minn.– Strong storms dampened the Northland Sunday evening as heavy rain poured down on the North Shore. Flash flood warnings were issued as 3.6″ of rain accumulated quickly as storms trained over the same area, over and over again. Rivers rose and culverts filled, with some giving way.

Meteorologist Brittney Merlot found the North Shore Scenic Railway was damaged, making it impossible for trains to pass over. This is just one of the many washouts along the scenic north shore.

“It’s not uncommon for a culvert to get overflowed. When it overflows, the culvert washes away the top dirt at a railroad crossing and that’s exactly what happened. The worst washout was about 4 ½ to 5 feet. It just left the rail hanging. Luckily the Scenic North Shore Railroad is not running any trains up that route; we are just running our Duluth zypher trains here in town.” explained Executive Director of the North Shore Scenic Railroad Ken Buehler.

The track crews will be out there fixing it Monday afternoon and again on Tuesday. It is expected to be completed by Tuesday evening.

“It’s been a couple of years since we’ve had this. I think it has to do with the fact that is has been so wet so often and so repeatedly that it’s kind of become a little bit more of a problem.” said Buehler.

The next train that heads up north on that track will be on Friday. No delays or cancellations are expected.


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