Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway shipments saw delays of up to three days after rain and mudslides caused track outages in the Pacific Northwest.
"We continue to experience delays of 36 to 48 hours on traffic destined to the Pacific Northwest as we work off the backlog created by the mud and rock slides earlier this week," UP said in an advisory to customers Feb. 8. "To expedite our recovery plan and minimize switching requirements of our yards in this area, we are utilizing yards east of Pocatello, Idaho, as gathering points to consolidate traffic into full trains with a single destination. We are also regulating the flow of inbound traffic to ensure we do not congest these areas and further delay shipments."
BNSF said train operations were delayed 48 to 72 hours on traffic moving between Blaine, Wash., and Portland, Ore. "Terminals in Vancouver, British Columbia, Everett and Seattle, Wash., have significant inventories to process, and plans are being made to run additional trains or bypass these terminals whenever possible," BNSF said.
Some Northwest traffic destined to Southern California will continue to reroute east to Galesburg, Ill., on an as-needed basis this week to maintain fluidity, BNSF said.