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Breakdown of freight train delays Metrolink service to Riverside

Breakdown of freight train delays Metrolink service to Riverside
Two Metrolink trains wait for passengers recently at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The breakdown of a four-mile-long Union Pacific freight train Thursday afternoon has delayed Metrolink service to Riverside since 1 p.m., railroad officials said.

Mechanical problems forced the Union Pacific train to stop on Metrolink's Riverside Line east of the Industry station, resulting in the cancellation of two commuter trains -- the 402 and 411.

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Metrolink, which serves six Southern California counties, shares the track with Union Pacific, the nation's largest freight railroad.

Jeff Lustgarten, a Metrolink spokesman, said buses are being provided to stranded passengers.

He added that Union Pacific told Metrolink that the problem should be solved by 4 p.m. If not, he said, the blocked track could severely impact rush hour service on the line.

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