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Rerouted trains and break down delay Amtrak passengers

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Fargo Amtrak station passengers should have been miles down the tracks by this afternoon, but rerouted trains around Casselton and a following freight break down kept them here in Fargo for hours.

"We arrived just shortly after midnight, which is when this little waiting area opens up, and we have remained here waiting ever since then," says Amtrak Traveler Alyssa Reuer.

She's Chicago bound after visiting family with her husband...or at least...they will be.

"It's just been the waiting game," says Reuer. "I'm a pretty patient person, so I understand that really nobody is at fault. It's just an unfortunate situation," she says.

They've been passing the time like many others, with snacks from the vending machine or local gas stations or coffee shops and meeting other travelers like Karen Carlson. She's also headed to Chicago. She arrived around 3 a.m. from her daughter's house.

"I didn't want to keep going back and forth, so I've been staying, waiting for the train...and I'm still waiting," she says.

The die-hards remain after several left through the night.

"There was a group of five that went and rented a car at the airport and they drove to Chicago," she says.

Others traveling to Minneapolis were picked up. Nathan Gottenborg is going home to Red Wing, Minnesota.

"It is what it is," says Gottenborg. "It's my only way home, so just going to wait it out," he says.

Meanwhile they're wondering exactly what's going on. Only knowing one thing for sure.

"All they've been able to really tell us is that the train has been delayed, delayed further, delayed even further," says Reuer.

An Amtrak representative says the east-bound train finally did leave the station this afternoon after some waited 14 hours.

The derailment caused one Amtrak to miss three stops in North Dakota: Rugby, Devil's Lake and Grand Forks. Those passengers were bussed to Minot or Fargo.  

If you want to check on Amtrak delay updates, you can call 1-800 USA-RAIL.



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