Amtrak Handled Heavy Loads During Thanksgiving

Amtrak trains ran most full with many selling out during the Thanksgiving travel period.

A survey conducted by Trains magazine found there were numerous sell-outs or near sell-outs on Sunday between New York and Boston.

Winter weather may have helped boost travel on Sunday in the East. Weather related delays were mostly minimal in the Northeast Corridor, averaging about 30 minutes.

In the Midwest, Trains found that all Chicago-St. Louis and Chicago-Michigan trains sold out on Wednesday and Sunday.

Some seats were available on other Midwest trains, many of which had additional coaches for the travel period.

Long-distance trains leaving Chicago on Sunday were mostly sold out although some coach seats were available on the California Zephyr and Lake Shore Limited.

Winter weather caused delays into Chicago of long-distance trains of about three hours. An exception was the California Zephyr, which arrived at Union Station seven hours late.

On Friday the Empire Builder was eight and a half hours late arriving in Chicago.

No trains were canceled due to the winter weather conditions.

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