Posts Tagged ‘Amtak and winter’

Meeting in a Swirl of Snow

January 16, 2021

Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited meets a westbound CSX manifest freight in Perry, Ohio, during a heavy lake effect snowstorm. The trains are running on the CSX Erie West Subdivision. The freight was stopped due to traffic ahead. Amtrak No. 48 was running a few hours late.

Cold Day in Geneva

September 24, 2018

Outside the temperature is in the single digits, but inside Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited the passengers are nice and warm as their train heads for points in New York and Massachusetts.

The train is shown passing through Geneva, Ohio, with the next scheduled stop being Erie, Pennsylvania.

Running in a Winter Wonderland

January 22, 2018

When the weather in the upper Midwest turns wintry, Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited often runs late.

Earlier this month Nos. 48 and 49 were running as much as six hours or more behind schedule due to the effects of winter conditions. Delays in turning the equipment in Chicago were given some of the blame, but winter operating conditions can also lead to frozen switches, broken rails and freight train emergencies that are not Amtrak’s fault.

If No. 48 leaves Chicago late, it likely will be even later as it rolls eastward toward New York and Boston.

On a sunny but frigid day last week when the early morning temperatures were in the low teens and the wind chill was sub zero, I braved the elements to photograph No. 48 at Geneva, Ohio, which was more than two hours off its schedule.

It was running a few minutes behind an eastbound CSX stack train. I can only speculate that the dispatcher put the intermodal train out ahead of Amtrak because it would not be stopping in Erie, Pennsylvania, but Amtrak would be.

Swinging Around the Curve

December 28, 2017

Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited was late. OK, I hear some of you saying “so what’s new?” They don’t call it the Late Shore Limited for nothing.

But on this day 2007, No. 48 was several hours late when it came through Berea, Ohio, in a snowstorm.

But this snow didn’t fall in December or January or February. It fell on April 7. Snow in April in Northeast Ohio isn’t rare, even if it tends not to last long.

I’m not sure why No. 48 was so late on this day. By the time it reached Cleveland it was late morning. Maybe the weather had something to do with it.

Amtrak Seeks to Reduce Cold at Chicago Depot

January 11, 2015

In the wake of a water pipe break incident and an episode in which some 170 passengers for the Lake Shore Limited froze and shivered their way through the night, Amtrak said it is changing traffic patterns for pedestrian flow at Chicago Union Station to improve temperature conditions.

The changes will be in effect through Feb. 28 and was undertaken in cooperation with the Metra commuter rail agency in Chicago. Amtrak owns the station.

The plan includes limiting the use of some doors, which Amtrak said will improve the control of the influx winter air into the station.

Amtrak said this should reduce the likelihood of such incidents as the sprinkler pipe break that occurred last week.

No changes are planned for the entrances at the Chicago River, and to and from Adams Street and Jackson Boulevard., Those are the highest volume routes for most station users and Amtrak said all exterior entry and exit locations will remain in service.

The connecting corridor between the north and south Concourses will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Foot traffic to the ticket offices for Amtrak, Metra and Greyhound, to and from Canal Street or to and from other services will be redirected.

Use of the automatic doors and escalators between the east side of Canal Street and the concourse will be limited in off-peak times. Elevators will operate at all times.

Doors to the service drive will be limited to emergency use or open only events in the Great Hall. Pedestrians will be directed instead through the Great Hall or to and from other entrances.



Amtrak Continues to Cancel Trains

January 10, 2014

Amtrak continues to slowly resume full service on Midwest Corridor routes by putting back into service another Wolverine Service train between Chicago and Detroit (Pontiac)

However, a number of trains will still not operate on Friday, Jan. 10. In a passenger advisory, Amtrak said that “Chicago Hub Service restoration, which includes placing train crews, locomotives and railcars in proper rotations to support full schedules, will continue through the weekend.”

While this work continues, the following Chicago Hub Services will not be available on Friday, Jan. 10:

Lincoln Service Trains 300, 301, 304 & 305. Trains 302, 303, 306 & 307 and Trains 21/321 & 22/322 will maintain service on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor.

Wolverine Service Train 353. Trains 350, 351, 352, 354 & 355 will maintain service on the Chicago-Detroit corridor)

Carl Sandburg Trains 381 & 382. Illinois Zephyr Trains 380 & 383 will maintain service on the Chicago-Quincy corridor.

Saluki Train 391 & Illini Train 392. Trains 390 (Saluki) & 393 (Illini) and Trains 58 & 59 (City of New Orleans) will maintain service on the Chicago-Carbondale corridor.

Amtrak Annuls Several Jan. 6 Trains

January 5, 2014

Amtrak announced Sunday that due to severe winter weather it plans to operate modified service to and from Chicago on Monday, Jan. 6 and that alternate transportation will not be provided.
The following Chicago Hub Services have been cancelled:

Lincoln Service Trains 300 & 305. Trains 301, 302, 303, 304, 306 & 307 and Trains 21/321 & 22/321 will maintain service on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor.

Hiawatha Service Trains 329, 332, 333, 336, 337 & 340. Trains 330, 331, 334, 335, 338 & 339 will maintain service on the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor.

Wolverine Service Trains 352 & 353 are canceled. Trains 350, 351, 354 & 355 will maintain service on the Chicago-Detroit (Pontiac) corridor.

Carl Sandburg Trains 381 & 382 are canceled. Trains 380 & 383 (Illinois Zephyr) will maintain service on the Chicago-Quincy corridor)

Saluki Trains 391 & 392 are canceled. Trains 390 & 392 (Illini) and Trains 58 & 59 will maintain service on the Chicago-Carbondale corridor.

The Empire Builder Trains 7/27/807 are canceled from Chicago to Whitefish, Mont., with Train 27 replaced by buses as alternate transportation between Spokane, Wash., and Portland, Ore.
Empire Builder Train 8 will operate from Seattle to Whitefish, without service east of Whitefish. Empire Builder Train 28 will be replaced by buses as alternate transportation between Portland and Spokane, connecting with Train 8.

Lake Shore Limited Nos. 48 & 448 from Chicago to New York/Boston as well as Nos. 49 & 449 from New York/Boston to Chicago are all canceled. The Capitol Limited will operate as scheduled between Chicago and Cleveland.

Service in upstate New York will be maintained by Empire Service and other trains.
Amtrak said that passengers who have paid for but choose not to travel due to a service disruption can receive a refund or a voucher for future travel. Some reservations booked online can be modified or canceled on or by using the free Amtrak mobile app.