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(Seattle Times)   Mudslide blocks commuter rail service between Seattle and Everett, encourages stranded passengers to drink, croon Fleetwood Mac songs   ( seattletimes.com) divider line
    More: Strange, Snohomish County, Washington, spokesman Gus Melonas, Everett, Washington, Sound Transit, BNSF Railway lines, Coast Starlight, King Street Station, Union Station  
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2018-04-17 06:26:14 AM  
It would be so nice if I could read the article.
 
2018-04-17 06:32:11 AM  
Seems to happen every week. God forbid we interrupt drivers (I own 3 nice cars so it's not like I'm a bus-hugging Liberal), so some genius said "Hey!  Let's run ALL the main rail lines (commuter and commerce) on a stretch of rail that snakes the beach along Puget Sound, and on the other side let's have huuuuge bigly hills prone to slides with our consistent rain. Brilliant!

/Seriously this happens at least once a month. It's only news NOW because of our lovely derailment a couple months ago.
//Was 200 ft from the tracks building someone's house when a woman killed herself by stepping in front of one of those trains a few years ago. Pretty depressing.
 
2018-04-17 06:46:22 AM  

Fade2black: //Was 200 ft from the tracks building someone's house when a woman killed herself by stepping in front of one of those trains a few years ago. Pretty depressing.


She could have just waited for a landslide to bring her down.
 
2018-04-17 06:57:33 AM  

Fade2black: Seems to happen every week. God forbid we interrupt drivers (I own 3 nice cars so it's not like I'm a bus-hugging Liberal), so some genius said "Hey!  Let's run ALL the main rail lines (commuter and commerce) on a stretch of rail that snakes the beach along Puget Sound, and on the other side let's have huuuuge bigly hills prone to slides with our consistent rain. Brilliant!

/Seriously this happens at least once a month. It's only news NOW because of our lovely derailment a couple months ago.
//Was 200 ft from the tracks building someone's house when a woman killed herself by stepping in front of one of those trains a few years ago. Pretty depressing.


I can't say "This!" enough. For those who don't live in the great PNW this literally does happen at least once a month except for maybe two months of the year when it is dry and two months of the year when the ground is frozen.  But it makes up for that by happening multiple times during other months.  I came into here to ask why this was news?
 
2018-04-17 07:00:30 AM  
I think you mean "Smashing Pumpkins" songs, but we'll let it slide this time
 
2018-04-17 07:01:10 AM  
 That's not a landslide. This is a landslide...:
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2018-04-17 07:42:40 AM  
But was it as neatly organized as that 'landslide' in Maryland?...
Baltimore Landslide
Youtube MrNluXrrHKY
 
2018-04-17 07:53:19 AM  

Bondith: Fade2black: //Was 200 ft from the tracks building someone's house when a woman killed herself by stepping in front of one of those trains a few years ago. Pretty depressing.

She could have just waited for a landslide to bring her down.


And we'll see her impression on the mud covered hill.
 
2018-04-17 08:10:33 AM  
Mirror in the sky, what is love?

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2018-04-17 08:53:17 AM  

willfullyobscure: I think you mean "Smashing Pumpkins" songs, but we'll let it slide this time


They can debate the quality of covers, but it's definitely a Fleetwood Mac song
 
2018-04-17 08:59:38 AM  
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2018-04-17 09:32:22 AM  

daffy: It would be so nice if I could read the article.


Incognito mode worked but article was not really worth it without pics.
 
2018-04-17 10:53:29 AM  
Was it an Amish mudslide?
 
2018-04-17 10:58:31 AM  
A better version than the original:
Stevie Nicks - Landslide (Live - The Soundstage Sessions)
Youtube 1PyUfrvYAyM
 
2018-04-17 11:49:14 AM  

Fade2black: /Seriously this happens at least once a month. It's only news NOW because of our lovely derailment a couple months ago.


Actually, it started becoming front page news after the Sounder Trains started service.  When trains are canceled, it is kind of a big deal.

Fade2black: Let's run ALL the main rail lines (commuter and commerce) on a stretch of rail that snakes the beach along Puget Sound, and on the other side let's have huuuuge bigly hills prone to slides with our consistent rain.


I believe they routed it along the shoreline because it is flat there.  Too many hills inland.  There has been talk of extending the shoreline out a bit to create a buffer between the steep slopes and the tracks, but environmentalists have fought hard against it.
 
2018-04-17 03:03:40 PM  
That's an awful lot of mudslides. I can't imagine what could have cause so many.

Clear-cutting the entire farkin' state of Washington couldn't have *anything* to do with that, no, no, don't need all those trees.

1996, driving west along the Columbia River. On the right, across the river, Washtington state, and the cliffs and clifftops were bare rock and dirt. On the Oregon side, lots of trees and foliage.
 
2018-04-17 03:29:08 PM  

whitroth: That's an awful lot of mudslides. I can't imagine what could have cause so many.

Clear-cutting the entire farkin' state of Washington couldn't have *anything* to do with that, no, no, don't need all those trees.

1996, driving west along the Columbia River. On the right, across the river, Washtington state, and the cliffs and clifftops were bare rock and dirt. On the Oregon side, lots of trees and foliage.


I noticed the same thing in about the same year.  Driving down from BC, there was the odd section of logged-off hillside, but most of it was pretty verdant.

Across the border, clearcuts everywhere.
 
2018-04-17 06:39:29 PM  
That stretch of rail runs along the beach and is spectacular.  It's honestly wasted on moving freight.  My billionaire fantasy is to buy the railroad and move the freight operations to another route.  That way we can tear up the coastal railway and replace it with the most awesome urban trail from Seattle to Everett ever.  Sounder riders wouldn't mind much - they're all waiting for the light rail station anyway.  As the billionaire sponsor I wouldn't even need a statue, but if they wanted to name a concession stand after me, one that served bratwurst, then that would be okay.
 
2018-04-17 08:24:05 PM  
When this happens Burlington Northern has the tracks cleared and freight service resumed in a few hours.  But due to regulations, the Sounder and Amtrak trains have to wait 48 hours.  I wonder if BN gets to run more freight on the tracks after a mudslide since they have all the passenger traffic kicked off for 48 hours but only lose the use of the tracks for a few hours.

Sound Transit has to pay BN quite a bit to use the tracks.  Do they lose two days of payments when there is a mudside?  I bet not.

So it's possible BN is making a profit on these mudsides and not all that motivated to do anything about them.

And the line runs on along the coast because it's flat.  It predates the highway.
 
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