Amtrak's Coast Starlight was en route to Los Angeles from Seattle early Sunday evening when the mishap left the train immobilized near Oakridge, Oregon, about 150 miles south of Portland, the railroad said in a statement.
"We really wanted for nothing except for maybe some place comfortable to lie down and a shower", passenger Marcia Trujillo told CNN affiliate KOIN shortly after leaving the train.
The train was stuck for more than 24 hours from Sunday into Tuesday morning. but at 7:20 a.m. local time Tuesday, Union Pacific, which owns the rail lines, said that a locomotive began pulling the train to Eugene, according to The Oregonian.
Amtrak confirmed that there is ample food and water on the train, and that passengers do not have to pay for it.
"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.
While the train itself still has power and essentials, passengers have said other items - like diapers and female sanitary products - are running out and stress levels are rising. "Moms are doing all they can right now".
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Though the train is packed with people of all ages - including a number of Los Angeles-bound college students - it's mothers who may be having the most hard time on board.
"We are moving and it's totally awesome", she said as trees laden with snow swept past a window.
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McMahan said despite the delay, Amtrak decided not to deboard passengers and move them into Oakridge because power was out in town amid the heavy snow and the company did not want to divide them among hotels. "This is hell, and it's getting worse".
The train arrived at the Eugene station Tuesday hours after a Union Pacific locomotive began pulling it, said Tim McMahan, spokesman for Union Pacific, which owns the OR rail line where the train had been stranded in the small town of Oakridge.
Wintry weather also toppled trees onto Highway 58, eliminating the possibility of putting train passengers on buses, at least for the time being.
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She estimated it could be days before she could make her way home to Klamath Falls, Oregon, because roads are closed and there are no flights available.
Amtrak said it will be providing passengers with refunds "and other compensation as appropriate".
She said: "It's just been like a giant kumbaya party".
"She is definitely disappointed, but is glad we're safe", she said.
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