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Canyon Fire forces Amtrak to delay trains for inspection

The Canyon Fire is growing and it is causing problems for people who chose to travel on the Amtrak.

Several trains were delayed and cancelled because of a lengthy inspection by Amtrak and Union Pacific.

“UPDATE: Train 774 cancelled btwn SLO & LA due to wildfire. Pax can take Thruway Bus 4764 & connect to Train 784 in Santa Barbara,” posted on a tweet sent out by Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner.

According to the Vandenberg Fire Department, the inspection is part of a protocol following a fire in proximity to a fire.

The delay and closure forced passengers traveling southbound to be bused to Santa Barbara.

“We were first told that we would know in a couple minutes and this was at 6:30 in the morning. Then at 7 when we were supposed to leave, they told us to check back in at 9:30. Then they told us there would be no trains going north so we waited another hour and a half for the bus. Now we’re waiting 2 more hours for the train taking us down south,” said Kim Murphy, a Morro Bay resident.

Travelers going northbound waited for a couple hours in Santa Barbara before a bus picked them up.

NewsChannel 3 talked several passengers as they waited. Some people were upset about the disruptions, but most understood.

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