Salt Creek bridge issue leads to trains loading and unloading in
Lincoln on Tuesday
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[September 03, 2013]
Amtrak southbound Train 421
arrived in Lincoln on time Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. and may have kept on
time had it kept going. The train loaded with passengers was on its
way to St. Louis and San Antonio, with stops in Springfield and
several Illinois cities.
However, the train did not leave Lincoln. The engineer was warned
that the railroad bridge crossing Salt Creek south of Lincoln was
declared unsafe and is being closed for at least 12 hours.
Passengers going to Springfield and St. Louis were waiting for a
bus to ferry them to Springfield. Those who needed to go farther
boarded another train to take them as far as St. Louis.
Passengers traveling beyond St. Louis waited for a train back to
Chicago to board another train that would take an alternate route.
Passengers on the northbound 8 p.m. train were bused to Lincoln
from Springfield to board the train returning to Chicago. The
passengers on the southbound train arriving Lincoln at 8:02 p.m.
were bused to Springfield to board a train that terminates in St.
Passengers were hanging out on the platform at the Lincoln Amtrak
station, and some even wandered into downtown Lincoln to get a pizza
The 8 p.m. southbound train arrived right on time, but then
waited north of Keokuk for space to open up for its passengers to
disembark for the buses.
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Trains pulled in and out at the station for loading and
As the more populated trains unloaded, there were about 300
passengers filling the platform, making it seem more like the big
city for an evening.
No word has been received yet if the Salt Creek bridge will be
open Wednesday or will require a longer closure.
[By CURT FOX]