Adverse weather conditions in California has made travel a challenge on Amtrak’s California Zephyr.
No. 5 that departed Chicago last Friday arrived on Tuesday in Emeryville, California, nearly 12 hours late. It took nearly six hours to travel between Truckee and Roseville, a trip that normally takes 3 hours, 20 minutes.
Consequently, No. 6 was more than five hours departing on Wednesday as workers cleaned and stocked the train with food, beverages and supplies.
Last Monday, No. 6 was eight hours late departing from Emeryville and arrived in Truckee 10 1/2 hours late.
Bad weather has also affected the route of Amtrak’s Chicago-Seattle/Portland Empire Builder.
Falling rocks and mud prompted BNSF to close its Fallbridge Subdivision in Washington state, which is used by the Portland section of the Empire Builder. It instead continued on to Seattle with Portland passengers being placed on buses or Amtrak Cascade trains.