Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak cancelations’

CSX Track Work Disrupts SE Amtrak Service

May 6, 2020

CSX track work has resulted in numerous schedule changes for Amtrak trains in the Southeast.

Through May 24-25 the Silver Star will be cancelled on weekdays but will operate on its normal schedule on weekend.

The northbound Silver Star will operate Friday through Sunday and Monday through May 24 while the southbound Star will run Thursday through Saturday, and Sunday through May 25.

The Carolinian will be canceled through May 17 except on Friday through Sunday.

Effective May 18 the Carolinian will operate between Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.

No alternative transportation is being provided between New York and Raleigh and Amtrak Thruway Buses 6079 and 6080 are cancelled.

The Palmetto will not operate on weekdays south of Washington but will run Friday through Sunday.

Nos. 89 and 90 will operate daily between New York and Washington. No alternative transportation is being provided on the day the Palmetto does not operate between Washington and Savannah, Georgia.

Amtrak Thruway Buses 6089, 6090, 6189 and 6190 are cancelled.

The Auto Train and Silver Meteor will operate as scheduled but delays of up to 45 minute may occur between Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia, Monday through Thursday.

Amtrak to Begin Restoring Service From Chicago

January 31, 2019

Service on Amtrak’s Midwest corridor routes that radiate from Chicago will be canceled today (Jan. 31), but some long-distance trains will be reinstated.

All but one train will be restored by Friday Amtrak said in a service advisory.

Trains were canceled this week after a blast of arctic air sent temperatures plunging below zero and created dangerous wind chills.

Long-distance trains that will resume today include Chicago-Los Angeles (Southwest Chief), Chicago-San Francisco Bay (California Zephyr), Chicago-Seattle/Portland (Empire Builder), Chicago-New Orleans (City of New Orleans), Chicago-San Antonio/Los Angeles (Texas Eagle) and Chicago-Washington (Capitol Limited).

Long distance train that will not originate today include the Lake Shore Limited  (Chicago-New York/Boston) and the Cardinal (Chicago-New York)

On Friday all Midwest corridor services but one to and from Chicago will be restored.

The exception will be Carbondale to Chicago train No. 390 (Saluki), which will be restored on Saturday.

Amtrak Midwest corridor services to and from Chicago to be restored on Frida include Chicago-Milwaukee (Hiawatha Service), Chicago-Quincy (Carl Sandburg and Illinois Zephyr), Chicago-St. Louis (Lincoln Service), and Chicago-Carbondale (Illini and Saluki),Chicago and Indianapolis (Hooiser State), Chicago and Detroit [Pontiac] (Wolverine Service), Chicago and Port Huron (Blue Water), and Chicago and Grand Rapids (Pere Marquette).
Also resuming operation on Friday will be the Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited and Chicago-New York Cardinal.

Passengers holding reservations on canceled trains will be rebooked on other trains without any additional fees.

Amtrak Cancels Most Midwest Service Due to Cold

January 30, 2019

Amtrak has canceled all trains that are scheduled to originate in Chicago today (Jan. 30) due to subzero temperatures in the Midwest.

This also includes trains that originate elsewhere today en route to Chicago.

Trains that originated on or before Jan. 29 will complete their trip to Chicago. Most of those are long-distance trains.

Amtrak said that all corridor trains will be canceled on Thursday, Jan. 31. Most long-distance trains originating in Chicago are also expected to be canceled on Thursday.

Also being canceled today and Thursday will be long-distance trains bound for Chicago that would be scheduled to arrive on Thursday and Friday.

One long-distance train, the Chicago to Seattle/Portland Empire Builder was canceled on Tuesday due to the severe cold.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told Trains magazine that decision was made in consultation with host railroad BNSF, which handles the train for most of its route.

The only Amtrak trains that will originate in the Midwest today and Thursday will be the two Missouri River Runner round-trips between Kansas City and St. Louis.

Amtrak typically operates 55 trains daily to and from Chicago hub.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said passengers traveling on the affected trains will be able to change their travel to another date without an additional charge.

In a related development, intercity commuter carrier The South Shore Line suspended all service on Wednesday.

The carrier, which operates between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, said a test train encountered “significant overnight wire problems.”

The South Shore said it will evaluate weather and operating conditions and determine later today if it will operate on Thursday.

The severe cold also prompted Chicago commuter railroad Metra to operate today on a modified schedule.

Track Work to Disrupt Chicago-St. Louis Trains

September 27, 2016

Track work in Illinois will affect Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains on select days in October.

300px-Lincoln_Service_map.svgIn some instances, Lincoln Service passengers will complete a portion of their journey on a chartered bus.

On Oct. 6, 7 and 8, the following trains will operate between Chicago and Springfield with bus service will be provided to Carlinville, Alton and St. Louis.

Buses will depart earlier than the published schedules for their respective trains with bus arrival and departure times provided on

  • Oct. 6: Train 305
  • Oct.7: Trains 301, 302, 303, 304, 305 and 306
  • Oct. 8: Trains 301, 302, 303, 304, & 306

Trains 300, 301, 302 and 303 will be cancelled between Oct. 21 and Oct. 24 with alternate transportation provided at all stations for all trains except for Train 300.

The Chicago to San Antonio Texas Eagle will detour between Chicago and St. Louis on Oct. 7 and 8, and Oct. 21-24, missing the stations stops of Joliet, Pontiac, Bloomington-Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Alton. The train will operate to all stations south of St. Louis

The northbound Texas Eagle will operate as normal to St. Louis, but detour to Chicago on the same dates as the southbound train.

Passengers on Train 22/422 destined for Chicago will remain on the train while those traveling to stations between St. Louis and Joliet will be provided chartered buses as replacement transportation.

Amtrak said that Texas Eagle passengers traveling to or from Joliet, Pontiac, Bloomington-Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Alton can make reservations aboard the Lincoln Service train/alternate bus service.

The Eagle might experience delays of up to 45 minutes during the detour.

Lake Shore Limited to be Restored Today

November 21, 2014

Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Lake Shore Limited will be restored today after a three-day suspension prompted by heavy snow in the Buffalo, N.Y., area.

Nos. 48 and 49 will depart as scheduled while New York-Niagara Falls, N.Y., Empire Service will not be fully restored until Saturday.

A modified schedule of Empire Service trains will operate today west of Albany-Rensselaer, N.Y., to and from Syracuse/Buffalo/Niagara Falls.
The New York-Toronto Maple Leaf was restored on Thursday.

Amtrak said that all trains operating through Buffalo will be subject to delay due to the very heavy snowfall and resulting rail traffic congestion due to temporary railroad closures.

Trains north and south of Albany-Rensselaer continued to operate this week.