Archive for September, 2015

Money in Hand for SW Chief Route Track Work

September 3, 2015

Garden City, Kansas, now has funding in hand to devote to rebuilding BNSF tracks used by Amtrak’s Chicago-Los Angles Southwest Chief in Kansas and Colorado.

The city received a $12.5 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Matching funds pledged by such partners as the Kansas Department of Transportation, BNSF, local governments in southwest Kansas and southeast Colorado, and the Southwest Chief Coalition will bring the among of money for track work up to $21.8 million

BNSF is expected to replace 50 miles of jointed rail with continuous welded rail

The railroad said that without outside assistance it would have downgraded the line to freight train speeds after its contract with Amtrak expires in early 2016.

There is 158 miles of bolted track between Hutchinson, Kansas, and Animas Jct., Colorado, where the BNSF line from Denver turns south toward Amarillo, Texas.

La Junta, Colorado, is leading the campaign to land another TIGER grant that would include cover local governments in New Mexico.

The Southwest Chief is the only train using the former Santa Fe line from La Junta to state of New Mexico-owned track at Madrid, north of Albuquerque.

Track Work to Affect Operations of Texas Eagle, Heartland Flyer in Texas in September

September 3, 2015

Amtrak has announced that scheduled track work will result in short-term operating changes for two trains serving Texas.

The Heartland Flyer will not operate south of Gainesville, Texas on Sept. 7 due to track work being performed by BNSF.

Train No. 821, which normally operates from Oklahoma City to Fort Worth, will terminate at Gainesville. Passengers will be taken by bus to Fort Worth, Texas.

Train No. 822, which normally originates in Fort Worth, will operate from Gainesville to Oklahoma City. Passengers boarding in Fort Worth will transported by bus to Gainesville.

Bicycle service will not be offered between Gainesville and Fort Worth, but will be available at all stations between Gainesville and Oklahoma City.

Another operating change has been prompted by track work being performed by Union Pacific in Texas.

The Texas Eagle will operate one hour Later from Taylor to San Antonio, Texas, between Sept. 8 and Sept. 30. Under the temporary schedule:

  • Train 21/421 will operate as scheduled to Taylor arriving at 5:36 p.m.
  • Train 21/421 will depart Taylor one hour later at 6:36 p.m and operate one hour later at all stops through its arrival San Antonio.
  • Train 21/421 will operate from San Antonio to Los Angeles on its normal schedule.

Amtrak Offering Buy 1, Get 1 at 50% Off for December Lake Shore Limited Coach Travel

September 3, 2015

Amtrak is offering a buy one and get another at 50 percent off companion fare to all destinations served by the Lake Shore Limited between Chicago and New York.

Passengers must purchase one regular full fare adult coach ticket to qualify for the discounted companion fare.

Travel must be booked through Sept. 30 for travel Dec. 1-18.

Seating is limited and seats may not be available on all days. Fares are subject to availability. The companion and full fare passenger must travel together on the same itinerary and have tickets issued together.

Tickets are non-refundable but exchanges are permitted prior to the original travel date. The fare is subject to other terms and conditions.