Lake Shore Ltd. Canceled Due to Snow in Buffalo

Amtrak service in New York State is being restored today after a snowstorm that dumped some 6 feet of snow in the Buffalo, N.Y., area prompted Amtrak to cancel service west of Albany, N.Y., over CSX on Wednesday.

Trains affected include the New York-Niagara Falls Empire Service, New York-Toronto Maple Leaf, and the Chicago-New York Lake Shore Limited. No alternate transportation is available. Amtrak service north, east, and south of Albany-Rensselaer continues to operate.

Amtrak said today on its website that the Maple Leaf would resume service today although it would be subject to delay to due to freight traffic congestion and weather conditions. The website said the Lake Shore Limited and Empire Service would remain suspended through mid-afternoon, but the train status section of the site did not show No. 49 as being canceled.

The Chicago-Washington Capitol Limited was not affected. Amtrak and CSX said they were working to restore service as soon as possible. Amtrak’s service advisory said snow had blocked the CSX tracks in some places.

“Due to lake effect snow expected to total up to six feet, CSX is experiencing significant operational delays and customers in the Buffalo area should expect traffic delays up to 48 hours,” Amtrak said in a customer service advisory.

Amtrak’s website on Wednesday afternoon reported that the Lake Shore Limited trains scheduled to depart on Wednesday had been canceled. Both trains were also canceled on Tuesday.

Norfolk Southern is advising its customers of service problems in the Buffalo area stemming from the heavy snowfall.

“Record setting snowfall, road conditions, and road closures have curtailed Norfolk Southern operations in and around the Buffalo area,” the railroad said. “Customers with rail traffic destined to or originating in the Buffalo area will see a disruption of service over the next few days.”

NS said shipments normally moving through western New York will be detoured over other routes, likely resulting in additional transit time with 24-48 hour delays.

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