The train was traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles when it got stranded after striking a tree.
Monday was the warmest winter day on record.
Residents and even police were digging vehicles out from weather described the National Weather Service as 'not your average' storm.
People at Wright Park in Tacoma, Washington, took cover behind picnic tables and used sledges as shields.
Guests and staff at Montecito Sequoia Lodge had been trapped since last weekend.
Officers in Duvall, Washington filmed the video which has been widely shared on social media.
The low temperature was recorded at Chillingham Barns in Northumberland.
The big freeze is set to continue with temperatures forecast to plummet to -11C which could make tonight the coldest this winter in England.
Commuters were hit by long delays and schools closed their doors as February began with the coldest night for seven years.
Motorists are advised not to leave their car and to stay warm.