WHITEFISH — About an hour before dawn on a Friday morning, Amtrak's eastbound Empire Builder crept into the station, already an hour and one minute late into its 2,206-mile journey from Seattle to Chicago.
BAINVILLE — An Amtrak train carrying 117 passengers has resumed its journey after it partially derailed in northeastern Montana, causing minor injuries to one passenger.
KALISPELL — Amtrak officials say the company is changing the schedules of its Empire Builder passenger train because of congestion from increasing oil freight along the line.
MISSOULA — The recent winter storm continues to affect travel in western Montana.
MISSOULA — The recent winter storm continues to affect travel in Western Montana.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Amtrak is expected to resume normal operations through Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby in North Dakota this week.
Steve Dahl, owner of the Perch Patrol, gets rods and reels ready for his clients on Feb. 8 on Devils Lake, N.D. Fishing guide Dahl says ice fishing at Devils Lake in northeastern North Dakota is the best in two decades. But he says his guide service is suffering because of disruptions in tra…
BISMARCK, N.D. — The ice fishing in northeast North Dakota is the best it’s been in two decades, but some anglers can’t make it because trains handling freight and crude from the state’s oil patch are displacing Amtrak passenger service.
Don Olson and his son, Lane Olson, waits to go ice fishing Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Devils Lake, N.D., after driving straight through from Iowa to fish with Devils Lake fishing guide Steve Dahl, who owns the Perch Patrol and Perch Express. Fishing guide Dahl says ice fishing at Devils Lake…
Steve Dahl, owner of the Perch Patrol, shows off the first perch he caught on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 on Devils Lake, ND. Fishing guide Dahl says ice fishing at Devils Lake in northeastern North Dakota is the best in two decades. But he says his guide service is suffering because of disruptio…
Steve Dahl, owner of the Perch Patrol, checks in with clients Lisa and Matt Johnson of Forest Lake, Minn. Matt is holding a walleye, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jackie Lorentz)
A perch that Steve Dahl, owner of the Perch Patrol, caught on Devils Lake, N.D., Saturday, Feb 8, 2014, lays on the frozen lake with a cluster of portable fish houses in the background. Fishing guide Dahl says ice fishing at Devils Lake in northeastern North Dakota is the best in two decades…
BNSF plans to invest $5 billion in its railroad this year, including $900 million to expand capacity in the Northern Plains where crude oil shipments are surging.
'Crude oil is being given priority over people': Rail travelers urge action by Transportation secretary
CHICAGO — A group that advocates for train and rail transit passengers says a massive increase in rail shipments of crude oil from the northern Plains is partly to blame for disruptions to an Amtrak route linking Chicago and the West Coast.
KALISPELL — An increase in freight traffic and hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements on BSNF Railway tracks across North Dakota and Montana combined to make Amtrak travel less-than-reliable in recent months, BSNF officials said.
Passengers wait to board the Empire Builder in Williston, N.D.
Passengers wait to board a westbound Amtrak passenger train in Williston, N.D. Oil field activity has increased traffic on the passenger trains rolling along the northern route.
Sam Bellah, of Priest Lake, Idaho, boards the Empire Builder out of Williston.
Carlino Broncho, of the Rocky Boy Reservation, waits to board Amtrak for his first trip home in three months. Broncho said he may be one of the highest-paid members of his tribe after working long hours in the Bakken oil field near Williston, N.D.