Crews worked 2 months to repair washouts in Northern California
Union Pacific last week reopened its Feather River Canyon route after two months of work to repair flood damage on the Northern California line hit by washouts and slides between Portola and Oroville.
UP said it spent $35 million repairing the line, which normally handles 18 trains per day. During repairs, UP detoured trains through southern Nevada and Arizona, as well as over the former SP Donner Pass route over the Sierra Nevada.
The availability of former SP routes "saved the day" according to UP President Jerry R. Davis. "We were able to put together an emergency detour plan within a …