Amtrak passengers have been getting a bus ride between Minot and Havre, Mont., since Monday when 32 cars of a loaded grain train derailed east of Williston.
Marc Magliari, an Amtrak spokesman in Chicago, said the train is scheduled to be back to normal operations today.
Tuesday morning Big Sky Bus Lines' buses from Montana were parked by the Minot Amtrak station waiting for the train's arrival, expected to be the last day passengers would need to use alternative transportation.
Magliari said the buses that morning would be taking about 200 Amtrak passengers between Minot and Havre. It is about 400 miles one way between Minot and Havre in north-central Montana.
Amy McBeth, Minneapolis, Burlington Northern Santa Fe director of Public Affairs for several states including North Dakota, said 32 cars loaded with corn derailed on a BNSF route just east of Williston at 3 a.m. Monday. She said there were 108 cars and three locomotives in the train.
Mcbeth said the derailment impacted BNSF and Amtrak service, and traffic and shipments had to be rerouted.
She explained Tuesday there are two main tracks where the derailment occurred and the first one had reopened. Officials estimated the second one would reopen later Tuesday night.
No one was hurt in the derailment. McBeth said the derailment is under investigation.