Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak detours’

Track Work Affects Lincoln Service, Texas Eagle

July 26, 2019

Track Works Prompts Chicago Detours

October 19, 2018

Several Amtrak trains operating in the Chicago-St. Louis corridor will detour on Sunday (Oct. 21) due to track work.

Workers will be replacing the diamonds at CP Canal where the Indiana Harbor Belt crosses a Canadian National route (nee Gulf, Mobile & Ohio) used by Lincoln Service trains and the Texas Eagle.

Amtrak will detour via the Metra route between Chicago and Joliet, Illinois, that was formerly operated by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific.

Lincoln Service trains affected include Nos. 300, 301, 302, 303 and 305, as well as the Texas Eagle in both directions.

The trains will operate on their normal route between Chicago Union Station and 16th Street where they will then get on the St. Charles Air Line to reach the former Rock Island route used by Metra.

The track work is not expected to affect Lincoln Service trains 304 and 307, but those trains may detour if work becomes delayed.

Silver Star, Detours Due to Track Work

February 27, 2018

CSX trackwork resulted in a detour for Amtrak’s Silver Star between Hamlet and Savannah, Georgia, thereby missing station stops at Camden, Columbia and Denmark, South Carolina.

No alternate transportation was provided to the missed stops, which occurred on Feb. 26 and 27. In a service advisory, Amtrak the detour is expected to add two hours to the running time of Nos. 91 and 92.

Amtrak Where You Don’t Normally See It

July 3, 2017

It isn’t every day that you an Amtrak train in Bellevue. The National passenger carrier has never run through here in scheduled service, only on detour moves.

Amtrak No. 49 takes the Toledo District in the mini plant in Bellevue on its circuitous detour

Crossing the Portage River in Oak Harbor.

On Sunday (July 2) Norfolk Southern was changing out the diamonds at Sandusky and Vickers (Toledo). As a result Amtrak 49, the westbound Lake Shore Limited, needed to detour through Bellevue.

Normally this would not have been an issue; however, it was running about 5 1/2 hours late when it reached Cleveland. The other Amtrak trains did not need to detour as they were on time.

No. 49 took the Sandusky district to Bellevue and the Toledo district west. It would have an interesting route to get to Toledo going past Ironville tower and the Wheeling Belt before regaining the Chicago Line. I didn’t chase the train that far however I was able to get a few photos at Bellevue and Oak Harbor Ohio.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

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.

NS Derailments Send Capitol Limited, Lake Shore Limited Detouring over CSX in Ohio, Indiana

June 8, 2016



Amtrak’s westbound Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited were combined at Cleveland on Wednesday morning and sent on a detour move over CSX due to a derailment on Norfolk Southern in Indiana.

The eastbound Lake Shore Limited also detoured over CSX. The trains used the former Baltimore & Ohio Chicago-Pittsburgh mainline from northwest Indiana to Greenwich and then ran up the former Big Four to Cleveland.

The NS train was the 34E, which derailed at CP 437 in South Bend, Indiana.

A passengers aboard No. 48 said in an email message that No. 48 was near South Bend when it halted and an NS locomotive pulled the train backward to Hammond-Whiting, Indiana.

Other reports, though, indicated that No. 48 only made it as far east as Chesterton, Indiana.

The passenger aboard No. 48 said it passed the combined Nos. 29/49 at milepost 194 on the former B&O.

The eastbound Lake Shore departed Cleveland 12 hours late.

Online reports indicated that Nos. 29/49 arrived in Fostoria at 7:50 a.m. and after a recrew departed at 8:15 a.m.

The combined train arrived at Chicago Union Station at 12:45 p.m. The equipment for No. 29 was placed ahead of that for No. 49.

Another report said that No. 48 passes North Baltimore at 2:38 p.m. and Fostoria at 2:50 p.m.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said Amtrak expects to operate over the NS Chicago Line on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning.

The eastbound Capitol Limited was not affected by the derailment, which also caused some NS trains to find new routes.

In the photographs above, No. 48 is shown on Wednesday afternoon on CSX in Wellington, on the former Big Four.

Photographs by Todd Dillon


Washouts Send Chief, Zephyr Detouring

June 27, 2015

Flooding that caused washouts on BNSF tracks used by Amtrak sent the California Zephyr and Southwest Chief onto alternative routes this past week.

Both trains were to detour over nearby Union Pacific routes, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magiliari said.

The Zephyr was to use a former Chicago & North Western route through central Iowa while the Chief was to be sent over the former Missouri Pacific route used by Amtrak’s Missouri River Runners east of Kansas City, Missouri.

Amtrak was offering alternate transportation to most intermediate stops and is offering rebooking and full refunds to passengers who decided not to travel.

NS Derailment Sends Amtrak Trains Detouring

July 4, 2014

The Norfolk Southern derailment west of Toledo on Thursday morning that blocked both mainline tracks of the Chicago Line played havoc with Amtrak operations, including an already excessively late westbound Lake Shore Limited.

Some Amtrak trains detoured around the wreckage via the route in southern Michigan used by Amtrak’s Wolverine Service trains. This included the westbound Lake Shore Limited and the eastbound Capitol Limited that departed Chicago on Thursday night.

No. 49 left New York three minutes late on Wednesday but by the time it left Albany-Rensselaer, N.Y., it was just over six hours behind schedule. That ballooned to eight hours late by the time it departed Buffalo, N.Y.

Much of the tardiness was due to the Boston section, No. 448, arriving at South Station in Boston more than 10 hours late on Tuesday.

Whereas No. 448 is scheduled to arrive at 9:10 p.m., it didn’t reach South Station until 7:36 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

In ordinary circumstances, the equipment from inbound No. 448 has more than 12 hours before it is turned to become No. 449.

But on Wednesday No. 449 did not get out of South Station until 5:37 p.m., which is 5 hours and 42 minutes late.

Amtrak held No. 49 at Albany-Rensselaer for six hours until No. 449 arrived.

The cascading effect of late trains getting later had begun when No. 48 departed Chicago on Monday night at 11:25 p.m., which was nearly two hours off schedule.

The train then proceeded to lose time on its eastward journey, with much of the lost time occurring between Elkhart and Waterloo, Ind.

When it departed Waterloo, it was nearly eight hours late. No. 48 departed Cleveland at 2:20 p.m., on Tuesday, which was 8.5 hours late. It reached New York at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, which was just over 10 hour late.

Online reports on Thursday from a passenger aboard No. 49 on who posted the train’s progress on, indicated that the Lake Shore left Toledo at 2:10 p.m., which was nearly eight hours late.

The train took much the same route that the former Amtrak Lake Cities took between Chicago and Toledo before it ceased serving Toledo in 1995.

Passengers aboard No. 49 en route to stations at Bryan, Ohio; and Waterloo, Elkhart and South Bend, Ind., disembarked at Toledo and rode a chartered bus to their destination.

A similar procedure played out for passengers aboard the eastbound Capitol Limited. They were taken by bus to South Bend, Elkhart and Waterloo on Thursday night. No. 30 does not stop at Bryan.

No. 49 reached Jackson, Mich., at 6:18 p.m. and Battle Creek at 7:09 p.m. where there was a crew change. Passengers were served dinner between 6 and 6:30 p.m., according to the online report.

“The on-board crew has been very pleasant and courteous,” the online report from aboard the train said. “Jason the Boston sleeper attendant and Susie in the cafe car (a 22-year Amtrak veteran) are great. Susie work for years in the Chicago reservation center until it closed and now works the cafe car on the Boston section of the Lake Shore.”

Detouring Nos. 49 and 30 were given a third P42 locomotive that could handle the high-speed section (110 mph authorized) of Amtrak’s Michigan Line.

No. 49 had P42 Nos. 35, 101 and 91 along with 15 cars. A photograph of the train posted on TO showed that all three sleepers were positioned at the rear of the train next to the Viewliner diner Indianapolis.

Ordinary operating practice is to have the Boston section sleeper as the second car behind the motive power.

No. 49 departed Battle Creek at 7:19 p.m. and then cleared Porter, Ind., at 8:05 p.m. CDT.

An online posted said he heard the NS Chicago West dispatcher say that he wanted to give No. 49 a “straight shot” as best he could, into Chicago.

The equipment on No. 49 that arrived in Chicago on Thursday night became the eastbound Lake Shore Limited that was scheduled to depart Thursday night.

Amtrak No. 30 picked up a pilot and cleared Porter at 8:51 p.m. CDT on Thursday.  It had locomotives 127, 23 and 202. High Iron Travel Rail Excursions Private Car Caritas was on the rear.

A passenger aboard the train said on TO that it reached Jackson, Mich., at about midnight.

No. 30 later departed Toledo at 4:59 a.m., which was 5 hours, 10 minutes late. It arrived in  Cleveland at 7:08 a.m., 5 hours and 23 minutes late.

In the meantime, No. 48 departed Chicago on Thursday night (actually Friday morning) at 1:46 a.m., which was 4 hours and 16 minutes late.

No. 48 did not detour via Michigan because NS had one track opened at the derailment site by the time No. 48 reached the Chicago Line.

It departed Elkhart at 5:26 a.m., 5 hours and 4 minutes late. It later departed Bryan at 6:45 a.m., which is 5 hours and 15 minutes late.