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Amtrak getting there, but cancelations still loom for Thursday

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Amtrak said it is working to restore normal service after historic cold temperatures led to numerous disruptions this week.

The entire Hiawatha service will operate Thursday, but some trains canceled Wednesday will remain inoperable, according to a statement fromAmtrak.

The following trains are canceled for Thursday:

— Lincoln service trains 300, 301, 304 and 305;

— Wolverine service trains 352 and 353;

— Carl Sandburg trains 381 and 382; and

— Saluki trains 391 and 392.

The news comes after three Amtrak trains headed to Chicago were halted Monday, stranding passengers for more than 13 hours overnight as tracks were blocked with snow and ice buildup.

Two trains -- one coming from California with 244 passengers and the other from downstate Quincy with 60 passengers -- were halted about 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively, in Bureau County, about 75 miles southwest of Aurora, Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari said.

Amtrak began unloading passengers from the larger of the trains onto charter buses, which would take them to Chicago, shortly before 3 a.m. The other train began unloading passengers onto charter buses about 5 a.m.

Magliari said passengers were provided complimentary food and beverages. Heat and toilet services were also working, he said.

Even with more than 8,000 horsepower engines in each train, snow and ice buildup rendered the tracks "completely impassable," Magliari said.

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