Bluff collapses inside steps of passenger practice tracks in Del Mar after heavy rains

Passenger rail service on the primary line between Los Angeles and San Diego confronted interruptions Saturday after a piece of the Del Mar bluffs collapsed inside just a few toes of tracks following heavy rains this week.

The cliff failure occurred Friday south of Seagrove Park in entrance of a condominium advanced, in response to witnesses.


“The primary time we noticed it was this morning once we wakened,” stated Ken Knight, a Washington resident who was vacationing within the space. “It’s in all probability a foot or two from the ties on the observe. It’s shut.”

On Saturday, the North County Transit District, which runs the Coaster passenger line, stated it will shut parts of the tracks south of the Solana Seaside station to make repairs. Bus service will likely be offered to help vacationers.

Coaster trains will run on their common Saturday schedule from Oceanside Transit Heart to Solana Seaside Coaster station and passengers will likely be taken by bus to Santa Fe Depot, in response to the NCTD. Vacationers who’re headed north will likely be bused to Oceanside Transit Heart.


Service for the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner will even be affected. For extra info go browsing at or name (800) 872-7245.

Frequently scheduled practice service for each Amtrak and the Coaster is anticipated to renew on Sunday, in response to a information launch.

Del Mar has seen a big improve in bluff collapses in recent times, largely attributed to the destabilizing results of city runoff and erosion from ocean waves. Sea-level rise pushed by local weather change is anticipated to exacerbate failures in coming many years.


This week’s incident comes after a Thanksgiving storm soaked the San Diego area.

Regional transportation officers have planned a number of drainage upgrades and different enhancements aimed toward stabilizing the bluffs. Lengthy-range plans are additionally being developed to relocate or stabilize the practice tracks that service Amtrak, Coaster and freight operations.

Beachgoers in Del Mar and different areas are encouraged to keep a safe distance from steep cliff sides, roughly 25 to 40 toes.


Whereas elements of the bluffs are manufactured from sturdy mudstone, different sections are very precarious, particularly stretches that have been stuffed with free supplies when the railroad was constructed.

Smith and Robbins write for the San Diego Union-Tribune. U-T reporter Charles T. Clark contributed to this report.

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