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The State

May 15, 1987

A fire-damaged 1,300-foot railroad tunnel between San Luis Obispo and Atascadero on the Central California coast has reopened, restoring a key north-south rail link for the state, Southern Pacific spokesman Jim Loveland said. The April 30 blaze interrupted rail service to communities along the line, including Amtrak's Coast Starlight passenger service from Seattle to Los Angeles. Since the fire, trains had been rerouted through the San Joaquin Valley. Concrete and steel were used to replace the charred timbers of the tunnel, built in 1914, and cost of the repairs was estimated at $1.2 million.

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