Amtrak, Railroads Still Digging Out From Jonas

Amtrak’s westbound Capitol Limited originated in Pittsburgh again on Monday night rather than in Washington. The eastbound Capitol did not operate.

Amtrak posted a traveler’s advisory on its website today saying that Nos. 29 and 30 would operate only between Chicago and Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Amtrak logoIn the meantime, the passenger railroad has received favorable comments for being able to operate as many trains as it did in the Northeast Corridor in the face of winter storm Jonas.

In some places, Jonas dumped record amounts of precipitation with more than 14 states recording more than a foot of snow.

Among the trains that continued operating was the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian which ran the length of its route throughout the weekend, although it did encounter some delays.

Also operating as normal was the Empire Corridor service between New York and Niagara Falls, New York. The Lake Shore Limited also operated as usual between Chicago and New York.

The storm hindered or halted freight operations in places on CSX and Norfolk Southern.

CSX said its Mountain Subdivision between Grafton, West Virginia, and Cumberland, Maryland, received as much as 35 inches of snow with some drifts reaching 5 feet.

More than 3 feet of snow fell on the CSX mainline in the eastern West Virginia panhandle.

Although operations were starting to return to normal on Sunday, the railroad said it would take a while to dig out.

“Customers should expect delays up to 48 hours on freight moving through impacted areas,” CSX said in a customer advisory.

Terminals as far west as Nashville, Tennessee, and Louisville, Kentucky, were slowed by deep snow.

NS said that trains were starting to resume operating over the Pittsburgh Line on Sunday after a record 30 inches of snow fell in the region around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

“Norfolk Southern operations in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast areas are expected to be impacted over the next several days by heavy snow, blizzard conditions and sub-zero temperatures,” the railroad said in a customer advisory.

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