Weather Knocks Out California Zephyr

Adverse weather in California led to multiple cancellations of Amtrak’s California Zephyr last weekend.

amtrak-california-zephyrThe combination of heavy snowfall on Donner Pass and rain at lower elevations knocked out No. 5 on Sunday and Monday.

Trains magazine reported that the train that departed Emeryville on Sunday didn’t make it to Truckee. It was instead combined with westbound No. 6, which left Truckee two hours and lost four more hours before it reached Colfax.

Amtrak canceled the train that was to arrive in Chicago on Tuesday and the westbound train scheduled to depart on Wednesday.

The Zephyr that departed Denver on Monday for Emeryville is likely to only go as far as Reno, Nevada, due to the threat of flooding there.

In another development the first weekend of Winter Park Express service operated without problems.

The ski train operates on Saturdays and Sundays between Denver and Winter Park, Colorado.

The first weekend trips operated with a former F40PH turned cab car (No. 406), eight Superliners and two P42DCs including Phase I heritage unit No. 156.

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