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Silver Meteor Operating Hour Later Today

October 7, 2019

Amtrak’s northbound Silver Meteor is operating today (Oct. 7) an hour later from Jacksonville, Florida, to New York due to track work being conducted by CSX.

Train 98 is to leave Jacksonville at 6:07 p.m, an later than the published schedule and will operate on the later schedule through to New York.

Buses to Replace Missouri Trains on Sept. 9

September 7, 2019

Union Pacific track work will result in Missouri River Runner passengers riding the bus on Sept. 9 between Hermann, Missouri, and Kansas City.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said Trains 311 and 313 will operate from St. Louis to Herman with Buses 3111 and 3113 continuing on to the missed station stops of Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee’s Summit and Independence.

The service advisory said the buses may operate later than the train schedules.

Trains 314 and 316 will originate in Hermann with passengers riding Buses 3314 and 3116 from Kansas City and making the intermediate stops at Independence, Lee’s Summit, Warrensburg, Sedalia and Jefferson City.

The buses will depart earlier from Kansas City, but Amtrak did not say how early.

Track Work to Result in Piedmont Cancellations

September 7, 2019

Track work being performed by Norfolk Southern will result in some Piedmont Service being canceled on Sept. 9 and 10.

Affected are Trains 74, 75, 76 and 77 in North Carolina between Raleigh and Charlotte.

No alternative transportation is being provided, but all Piedmont Service trains and the Carolinian will operate normally on these dates.


Schedules Changed for Oakland Raider Fans

September 5, 2019

The schedules of Capitol Corridor Trains 545 and 550 on Sept. 9 to accommodate fans of the Oakland Raiders National Football League team.

Train 545 will be extended to terminate at the Oakland Coliseum station, arriving at 6:48 p.m.

Train 550 will depart 50 minutes later, at 10:50 p.m., instead of 10 p.m.

Brightline Service Resumes Today

September 4, 2019

Virgin Trains USA plans to resume Brightline service in Floriday today (Sept. 4) and will offer a far special to entice passengers aboard.

The carrier is offering $10 fares for travel through Sept. 8.

Brightline service had been halted earlier in anticipation of damage from Hurricane Dorain, which tracked to the northwest of Miami and had minimal effect on the city.

Amtrak service to Florida remains suspended through Thursday, Sept. 5.

Huntington Station Park Lot To Reopen

August 29, 2019

Workers were repairing and restriping the lot, which forced passengers to walk two blocks from an alternative parking lot to the station.

During the construction, Amtrak encouraged patrons to make every effort to be dropped off and picked up at the station.

Huntington is served by the tri-weekly Chicago-New York Cardinal.

Train 748 Schedule to Change for One Day

August 15, 2019

Train 748, which normally departs San Jose at 9:10 p.m. and arrives in Sacramento at 12:14 am, will depart San Jose at 11:17 p.m.

It will depart Santa Clara-Great America Station at 11:30 p.m.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the train will not wait for late passengers, even if the concert runs long.

Amtrak Eastern Long-Distance Trains to Get ‘Contemporary Dining” Service Effective Oct. 1

August 12, 2019

An internal Amtrak memo that was posted on Train had confirmed that all eastern long-distance trains except the Silver Star will adopt the “contemporary dining” model effective Oct. 1.

Full-service dining will be removed from the New York-New Orleans Crescent and New York-Miami Silver Meteor.

The Silver Star is an exception because it does not provide meal service to sleeping car passengers as part of their fare.

The Chicago-New York Cardinal will gain a Viewliner dining car that will serve as a sleeper class lounge car in the same manner as is done on the Chicago-New York Lake Shore Limited.

Although the Cardinal has not had meals prepared on board for several years, it did have a more expansive menu than the Lake Shore or Capitol Limited had after both switched to the contemporary dining model last year.

The net effect of the changes is to standardize food and beverage service on eastern long distance trains while reducing the number of on-board employees assigned to the Crescent and Silver Meteor.

The Cardinal and the Chicago-New Orleans City of New Orleans will not have a net loss of on-board jobs, but two of the positions will be reclassified as lead service attendants.

The Crescent will see a reduction of 16 positions while the Silver Meteor will lose 14 positions.

The Amtrak memo said onboard meal preparation will be replaced by a small variety of ready to serve meals that will be included in the sleeper class fare and delivered to the train just prior to origination.

All eastern long-distance trains will have two food service cars, one of which is reserved for the exclusive use of sleeper class passengers. The other is a café car open to all passengers.

Sleeping car attendants will, upon request, continue to deliver meals to passengers in their rooms.

Amtrak also plans to continue the practice of the sleeping car attendant asking passengers shortly after boarding their preferred dining times and giving reservations in 15-minute increments.

The lunch and dinner offerings on all trains will include Asian noodle bowl, red wine braised beef, chicken fettuccini with broccoli, and Creole shrimp and andouille. Dessert is available upon request.

Breakfast is described as a deluxe continental breakfast that includes muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, cereal, oatmeal and breakfast sandwich.

Sleeper class passengers and business class passengers will each receive one complimentary alcoholic beverage and unlimited soft drinks.

Business class, which is available only on the Cardinal, does not include meals.

The consist of the Cardinal will be one Viewliner baggage car, three Amfleet II coaches, one Viewliner sleeper , one Viewliner sleeper-lounge,  and an Amfleet I café-lounge with 18 business class seats, Amfleet café module and 24 booth seats.

The A end of the café car pointed toward the coaches to reduce foot traffic through the business class section.

The Cardinal onboard crew will continue to be based in New York.

The City of New Orleans will have consist of Superliner equipment, including  two coaches, a baggage-coach, a Cross Country Café that will serve as the sleeper class lounge, a Sightseer lounge that will serve as the café car for the entire train and a transition sleeper.

The Crescent and Silver Meteor will have similar consists of three Amfleet II coaches, one Amfleet diner lite car that will serve as the café car, a Viewliner dining car that will serve as the sleeper class lounge and a Viewliner baggage car. The Crescent will have two sleeping cars while the Silver Meteor will have three.

The assignments mean that Amtrak will have in revenue service at any given time 13 Viewliner dining cars of the 25 that is owns.

The memo also detailed the plans for changes in Auto Train food and beverage service in January 2020.

Complimentary breakfast and dinner for coach passengers will be eliminated in favor of an expanded café car menu sold through a Cross Country Café.

The Amtrak memo said the café car will provide “a festive environment during the trip,” although it is not clear what this is supposed to mean.

Food trucks will be selling meals at the stations in Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida.

Effective Oct. 1, one coach will be replaced by a sleeping car with additional sleeping cars being assigned during peak travel periods.

Food service for sleeper class will be provided by seasonal menus with variety of entrée selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There will be a selection of cocktails, beer and wine to go with coffee and soft drinks. Amtrak said that a wine service is also being introduced for sleeper class passengers aboard the Auto Train.

The changes in onboard service aboard the Auto Train will result in 25 onboard service positions being eliminated.

Boston LSL Section Resumes Ahead of Schedule

August 7, 2019

In case you missed it, Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited has resumed operating between Chicago and Boston.

The Boston section was suspended on May 20 due to CSX track work and reinstated on July 17.

During that time passengers were taken by bus between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

The reinstatement was made two weeks earlier than planned, Amtrak said in a statement reported by the Boston Globe.

“The temporary suspension of train service was due to scheduled trackwork by our host railroad, CSX. This project did not have onboard components,” Amtrak said.

Select Trains to Stop at New York State Fair

August 6, 2019

Between Aug. 21 and Sept. 2, Amtrak’s Empire Service and Maple Leaf trains will make a special daily stop between Rochester and Syracuse, New York, to serve passengers attending the New York State Fair.

Trains 64, 284 and 288 will depart Niagara Falls, Buffalo Exchange Street, Buffalo Depew and Rochester 10 minutes earlier to accommodate the added stop.