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Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 7:44 am

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Southbound passenger train service from Anchorage has been canceled after high water caused a 80-foot washout of the track near Portage.

The Alaska Railroad says in a release that the washout is at Skookum Creek, located between Luebner Lake and Portage.

It has caused the railroad to cancel the Coastal Classic train between Anchorage and Seward on both Tuesday and Wednesday while repairs are being made. Passengers will take buses instead.

The Glacier Discovery train also will have a route change because of the washout. The train will stop at Whittier instead of continuing on to Spencer and Grandview whistlestops. Officials say freight traffic isn't affected.

The railroad expects crews to fix the damage Wednesday and resume normal passenger train service Thursday.

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