By KTUU News Staff
Channel 2 News
5:25 PM AKDT, September 25, 2012
The Alaska Railroad freight service between Anchorage and Fairbanks resumed Tuesday afternoon following the recent string of destructive Alaska flooding.
Alaska Railroad officials said freight service resumed around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and weather-related damage costs are approaching $2 million.
Crews repaired a 500-foot stretch of track that hindered operations washed out by flooding near Milepost 261 about 35 miles north of Talkeetna.
Crews have focused on a 70-mile stretch of rail corridor between Willow and Gold Creek since Friday.
The Associated Press reported that due washout, trains could not carry petroleum from the North Pole refinery, or coal from the mines in Healy.
Only passenger service weekend service is scheduled this time of year and the railroad plans to resume service Saturday as scheduled.
The rail corridor between Anchorage, Seward, and Whittier remains open and minor washouts have been fixed in the Seward area.
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