Amtrak train that was supposed to leave Reno delayed again

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RENO, Nev. (AP/Staff) - SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: The California Zephyr was scheduled to depart Reno Sunday morning for a trip over the Sierra and into California. That has been delayed until late Sunday afternoon.

Passengers at the Reno Amtrak terminal Sunday morning after learning the train out of Reno had been delayed again. Photo by Gianna Giorgi/KOLO.

Passengers arrived at the downtown Reno station Sunday morning expected to leave, only to find their trip delayed. Amtrak offered no explanation for the delay at the station.

STAFF UPDATE: An Amtrak spokesman tells KOLO 8 News Now normal service between Reno and Sacramento is scheduled to get back underway March 3, 2019.

Service was suspended February 26 after an avalanche covered the tracks with snow.

Amtrak says buses have been chartered to take passengers between Northern Nevada and Northern California until train service resumes.

The Latest on an avalanche that has shut down Amtrak's California Zephyr passenger train service between Reno and Sacramento, California (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Amtrak passenger train service between Reno and Sacramento is unlikely to resume Thursday and may remain suspended Friday because of a fierce winter storm.

Service on the California Zephyr was suspended Tuesday after an avalanche sent snow onto the Union Pacific tracks in the mountains west of Truckee, California where more than 4 feet (1.2 meters) of snow has fallen over the last two days.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says westbound travelers on the route from Chicago to the San Francisco Bay Area in Emeryville, California will be housed Wednesday night when they arrive in Reno. They'll ride charter buses to Sacramento Thursday and board a train to Emeryville. He says similar transfers are likely on Friday.

Eastbound travelers from Emeryville will transfer to charter buses in Sacramento bound for Reno, where they'll board a Chicago-bound train.

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Amtrak passengers in Reno
The California Highway Patrol released this photograph of an Amtrak snowplow, which it said derailed.