'This is hell': U.S. train passengers stranded for 36 hours

Amtrak Train Bound for Klamath Falls Stopped Due to Snow, Debris

Amtrak Train With 183 Passengers Stranded In Oakridge Amid Snowstorm

It has been more than 35 hours since an Amtrak train headed from Seattle to Los Angeles got stuck in snowy Oregon, KOIN reported. Crew members had been "professional and nice" throughout.

Almost 200 people aboard an Amtrak train now have everyone else beat when it comes to tales about travel nightmares.

Officials said the passengers would be taken on to Portland once they arrived in Eugene.

During the 36 hours that the train was stuck, younger passengers helped older ones reach their families to let them know they were all right, said Rhodes, who was traveling with her brother to visit their 82-year-old mother in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Dodson, who said she had conducted more than a dozen media interviews during the stoppage, moved down the aisle to get passenger reaction.

Union Pacific spokesman Tim McMahan told The Associated Press that crews attempting to clear the train tracks of downed trees were hampered by the fierce storm, which left approximately 30 centimetres of snow on the ground by Monday morning.

Crews working to clear the track were expected to reach Train 11 by 6 a.m. local time Tuesday, a spokesman for Union Pacific railroad company told The Associated Press.

The train is also stuck in a dead zone for cell phone reception for numerous passengers, preventing them from being able to reach family members and let them know what happened. He said the train will not continue on to Los Angeles, but will return to Eugene and Portland.

"Last night was freezing on the train", she said.

The service operates daily between Seattle and Los Angeles, Magliari said.

Oakridge, about 45 miles southeast of Eugene, was hit with more than 10 inches of snow Monday afternoon, which slowed aid efforts. "A lot of us find information online before we even get an announcement on our train as to what's going to happen to us", she said.

"With local power outages and blocked roads, it was decided the safest place for our customers was to remain on the train where we were able to provide food, heat, electricity and toilets", Amtrak Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek said by email. By Tuesday morning, at least a foot had accumulated, the weather service said.

"It's just been like a giant kumbaya party", Dodson told CNN early Tuesday. Oakridge averages 2.8cm in February. The severe weather conditions made it unsafe for anyone to leave the train, and a passenger told the station that the snack cart was empty and parents had run out of diapers for their children.

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