Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak eastern long-distance trains’

Getting Lucky

February 10, 2019

Photographer Edward Ribinskas describes this photograph of Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited as getting lucky.

Luck was with him in a couple of ways. It started with No. 48 leaving Chicago several hours late in the middle of the night.

Had No. 48 left on time or nearly on time it would have passed through Northeast Ohio in darkness. Of course those aboard the Lake Shore didn’t consider its tardy departure from Chicago as being lucky.

The other luck that with Ed was that an eastbound Norfolk Southern train with Union Pacific motive power came along at the same time as Amtrak, but not too far ahead to block it.

The image was made on Feb. 9 at Davis Road just east of Perry, Ohio.

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Not a Good Restart for No. 48

February 2, 2019

First there was the severe cold that sidelined Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited for two days.

Although other long distance trains out of Chicago were to resume operations on Thursday night (Jan. 31), the restart of the Lake Shore was held until Friday.

Make that Saturday morning. No. 48 left Chicago Union Station 6 hours and 28 minutes late.

It managed to gain back some time en route but was still 5 hours, 35 minutes down when it reached Cleveland on Saturday morning.

It is shown passing through Olmsted Falls, a Cleveland suburb, just before 11 a.m. on the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern.

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.

Canceled Trains to be Restored Monday

January 20, 2019

Amtrak said on Sunday that all trains canceled on Saturday and Sunday due to a severe winter storm will be restored to normal operation on Monday.

In the meantime the Chicago-Washington Capitol Limited will resume service today. Amtrak had canceled Nos. 29 and 30 for Sunday was well as Saturday/

However the Lake Shore Limited remains canceled today from both New York and Chicago.

Nos. 48 and 49 use the same route as the Capitol between Cleveland and Chicago.

Crescent Disrupted by NS Track Work

January 12, 2019

Between now and Feb. 14 Amtrak’s Crescent is only operating between Atlanta and New Orleans three days a week.

The service disruption is due to track work being conducted by host railroad Norfolk Southern, which works on this segment of the route annually at this time of year and began on Jan. 7.

The Crescent will operate as normal between New York and Atlanta during the time period, but will terminate in Atlanta on Mondays through Thursdays.

Operations between New Orleans and Atlanta will only be run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Alternative bus service is being provided to all stations south of Atlanta on days the Crescent does not operate.

CSX Track Work to Affect Carolinian, Palmetto

January 12, 2019

Track work being performed by CSX in North Carolina will affect operations of Amtrak’s Carolinian and Palmetto between Jan. 15 and March 7.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that some trains will incur delays of a half hour and that some schedules are being changed.

Between Jan. 15 and 17 Nos. Trains 79 and 80 will operate only in North Carolina between Raleigh and Charlotte. The New York-Raleigh segment of the Carolinian will be canceled and  no alternate transportation provided.

Nos. 89 and 90 will operate normally but will bypass the Selma, North Carolina, with no alternate transportation provided.

Amtrak suggests that passengers instead board or detrain at Wilson, North Carolina, which is located 26 miles north of Selma.

Between Jan. 21 and 24, and Feb. 4 and 7 the Palmetto will operate between only between New York and Washington.

No alternative transportation is being provided for stations between Washington and Savannah, Georgia.

Amtrak said that on Monday through Thursday between Jan. 15 and March 7, the Auto Train, Palmetto, and Silver Meteor can be expected to incur approximately 30 minutes of delays between Rocky Mount and Fayetteville.

Flying Toward Miami

December 15, 2018

Amtrak’s Silver Meteor is not far out of New York City as it flies through the Newark Liberty International Airport station in May 2016.

The Miami-bound train has a standard consist of Viewliner sleepers and Amfleet II coaches.

On the point is the Northeast Corridor standard ACS-64 Cities Sprinter. It will be removed in Washington for P42DC motive power.

This image was made on a Saturday afternoon and if No. 97 is able to stay on schedule it will arrive in Miami on Sunday evening just after 6:30 p.m.

Late Broadway Limited in Massillon

November 30, 2018

Amtrak F40PH No. 282 heads a late westbound Broadway Limited as it goes through Massillon, Ohio, on June 22, 1978.

At the time Conrail was doing quite a bit of track work, and that may have been the reason the Broadway Limited was late.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Rough Day for No. 48

November 15, 2018

Thursday was a rough day for Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited.

The woes started on Wednesday night when the scheduled 9:30 p.m. departure from Chicago slipped to 1:50 a.m. the next morning.

And you know what happens with late trains and how they just get later.

After leaving Chicago 4 hours and 20 minutes late, No. 48 continued to lose time as it made its way east.

It lost 24 minutes between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, seven minutes between South Bend and Elkhart, Indiana, and another 15 minutes between Elkhart and Waterloo, Indiana.

And so it went that by the time it left Toledo it was 5:25 down, and more than six hours late leaving Sandusky and Elyria, Ohio.

It had picked up some time when I photographed it rushing past the Olmsted Falls station just after 11 a.m.

Amtrak reported that No. 48 arrived in Cleveland 5:41 late. It pretty much held that pace to Erie, Pennsylvania, but began losing time again, arriving in Buffalo, New York, 6 hours late.

By the time No. 48 reached Syracuse, New York, at 6:37 p.m. it was 7:14 down.

Things improved somewhat east of there. As Amtrak Julie reminds callers, trains can gain or lose time en route.

In this case, No. 48 picked up an hour by the time it left Albany-Rensselaer, New York, and arrived in Penn Station in the Big Apple at 12:41 a.m., six hours and 18 minutes late.

I hope no one had reservations last night for dinner and a play in Manhattan.

Today No. 48 was a mere 39 minutes late arriving in Cleveland.