Amtrak train with 183 aboard freed after 37 hours in snowy Oregon

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A train with almost 200 people on aboard that had been stranded in deep snow for more than 36 hours has arrived at an Amtrak station in Eugene, Oregon.

None of the 183 passengers on board were injured in the incident, Amtrak noted. The train remains stuck almost 24 hours later due to heavy snow and other debris on the tracks.

The train, which left Seattle on Sunday morning en route to Los Angeles, is stranded in Oakridge, near Eugene.

Passenger Emilie Wyrick said the train moved about a kilometre before stopping again.

The train at about 6:20 p.m. Sunday "came to a sudden halt and the conductor said that they had some damage from some low-hanging limbs because of the sudden snow storm and they were going to stop and fix it", Dodson said. "Ladies who have never met before were dancing in aisles", another passenger, Rebekah Dodson, told CNN.

Crews working to clear the track were expected to reach Train 11 by 6 a.m. local time Tuesday, a spokesman for Union Pacific railroad company told The Associated Press.

The region was hit with a rare heavy snowstorm, where snow accumulations reached about a foot by Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Bigby said it's been an anxious few days on the train with many of her fellow travellers unsure of what to expect.

Amtrak anticipates the train will be able to return to Eugene on Tuesday morning, he said. "We are moving", she said, the camera trained on the snow-covered scenery passing by outside the window.

Amtrak has not said when it might continue on its way to Los Angeles. Oakridge is about 45 miles (72km) south-east of Eugene. By Tuesday morning, at least a foot had accumulated, the weather service said.

Passenger Marcia Trujillo said after leaving the train: "We really wanted for nothing except for maybe some place comfortable to lie down and a shower". Oakridge averages 1.1 inches in February. Crew members had been "professional and nice" throughout. "Amtrak has made the decision to keep the passengers on the train because power is out in the city".

However, passenger Carly Bigby told KOIN that the train's snack cart is empty and parents have run out of diapers for their children.

"A lot of the [older] kids have been really good but they're having to run up and down and it's a lot", she told the news station.

Amtrak said there was enough food on the train for the passengers, and that passengers were not being charged for food and water, contrary to some social-media chatter.

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