Amtrak Adds Padding to CONO, WB Lake Shore Limited

Amtrak has been quietly adding additional running time to some routes, including the City of New Orleans and Lake Shore Limited.

Most of the changes have involved endpoint terminals, but in some instances time has been added at intermediate stations.

Schedules posted on Amtrak’s website for the City of New Orleans effective Oct. 1 show that 20 minutes has been added to the northbound arrival time of in Chicago since May 2018.

Effective with the May 13 departure from New Orleans, No. 59’s arrival time in Chicago was changed from 9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

The Oct. 1 schedule change shows No. 58 is now scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 9:20 a.m.

The times at stations north of Mattoon, Illinois, for No. 58 also have been adjusted with the time at Champaign-Urbana moved from 6:10 a.m. to 6:15 a.m., Kankakee was changed from 7:13 a.m. to 7:18 a.m., and Homewood was changed from 7:44 a.m. to 7:49 a.m.

The arrival time in New Orleans for No. 59 has been lengthened by nine minutes, but times at intermediate stations are unchanged from their earlier schedules.

In fact, the times at intermediate stations for No. 59 are unchanged from Amtrak’s last printed national timetable, which was issued on Jan. 11, 2016.

The intermediate times for No. 58 are unchanged since 2016 from New Orleans to Mattoon.

It is not clear if the recent changes to the schedules of the City of New Orleans are linked to a battle Amtrak has been having with host railroad Canadian National over what Amtrak believes is poor dispatching.

Amtrak has asked the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to intervene, but thus far the STB has urged the two sides to continue in mediation.

The current schedules posted on the Amtrak website for Chicago-Carbondale, Illinois, corridor trains the Illini and Saluki, which use the same tracks as the City of New Orleans show no changes in schedules.

Those schedules were last updated on Sept. 13, 2017. That schedule also continues to show No. 58 scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 9 a.m.

As for the Lake Shore Limited, the only change in the schedule dated Nov. 11 is to change the Chicago arrival time of No. 49 to 9:50 a.m. It had been 9:45 a.m.

Times at intermediate stations served by No. 49 remain unchanged as does the schedule of eastbound Train No. 48.

The Nov. 11 schedule for the Lake Shore Limited continues to show that café car service remains unavailable on Nos. 48 and 49 between New York City and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

Amtrak has also posted new schedules for the Cardinal, Crescent, Capitol Limited and Silver Meteor that show no schedule changes but reflect the inauguration of flexible dinning service for sleeping car passengers.

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