Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak schedules’

NB Saluki to Operate 2 Hours Earlier

June 29, 2017

Amtrak’s northbound Saluki will operate two hours earlier on weekdays between July 19 and Aug. 4.

The schedule change is due to Canadian National track work. The schedule change will not affect the operation of No. 390 on weekends when it will depart its originating station in Carbondale, Illinois, at 7:30 a.m.

The weekday schedule of the Saluki during the affected time period will put it two hours behind the scheduled times of the northbound City of New Orleans.

The Saluki makes stops in Du Quoin, Rantoul and Gilman, Illinois, that are skipped by No. 58.

Texas Eagle to Leave Chicago 2 Hours Earlier

May 1, 2017

Amtrak’s westbound Texas Eagle will depart Chicago two hours earlier on May 16-23 as it detours over the former Chicago & Eastern Illinois route between Chicago and St. Louis.

The train’s regular route will have a curfew for track work south of Springfield, Illinois.

Amtrak is operating the train earlier to absorb the expected delays caused by Union Pacific freight traffic so as to ensure an on-time departure from St. Louis.

Amtrak Changing Schedules at Niagara Falls

February 4, 2017

Amtrak will change its schedules at Niagara Falls, New York, on Feb. 20 to reflect a station change.

Amtrak logoAmtrak begin using the new station in December 2016. In a service advisory, Amtrak said the following changes will be made to the schedules of Empire Service trains and the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf.

  • Trains 64, 280, 284 and 288 will depart Niagara Falls three minutes earlier.
  • Trains 281 and 283 will arrive at Niagara Falls nine minutes earlier.
  • Train 288 departs six minutes earlier.
  • Train 63 will arrive and depart Niagara Fall five minutes later.

 

Inside Amtrak’s First ‘True’ Timetable

December 28, 2016
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Amtrak’s Nov. 14, 1971, timetable had a few errors that are humorous now, but were not so funny to Amtrak management at the time.

Amtrak issued three system timetables in 1971, its first year of operation. Two of those were just cut and paste jobs using graphics that the company that printed the folders already had on hand as a leftover from the days when the railroads operated their own trains.

But the first timetable that Amtrak could call its own came out on Nov. 14. Unlike the timetables issued on May 1 and July 12, the Nov. 14 folder featured more than minimal content and actually had been designed.

Reflecting the thinking of the an that the airlines did everything right and were role models to be emulated, Amtrak sought to create an airline-style timetable and a traditional railroad timetable.

In the front of the timetable were city listing that looked just like those of an airline timetable. The traditional linear railroading listing were relegated to the back.

Despite having had time to design the Nov. 14 folder, several embarrassing errors still crept in.

In the airline schedules section, Detroit was spelled “Detriot.” It was spelled correctly in the traditional railroad timetable section.

Also, the timetable for the Empire Builder had Fargo as a city in Indiana rather than North Dakota.

Despite the miscues, the Nov. 14 timetable was still one in which Amtrak could take pride and show that it was making the transition from the railroad era of passenger trains to the Amtrak era.

Amtrak Issues 1st Online Only System Timetable

September 16, 2016

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Amtrak issued a new system timetable on Sept. 9 and for the first time in the company’s history it is available only online.

The timetable shows no changes in scheduled times for long-distance and corridor trains that serve the Midwest.

Although the timetable shows through cars between Chicago and Boston for the Lake Shore Limited, a check of Amtrak’s website found that passengers still must change trains at Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

However, through cars between Chicago and Boston are shown in the system as being effective Oct. 24.

The typography of the timetable is slightly different from the last system timetable, which was issued on Jan. 11, 2016.

Also missing from the latest timetable is the letter from Amtrak’s president. It has been replaced with a letter from D.J. Stadler, Amtrak’s executive vice president and chief operations officer.

Previous Amtrak President Joseph Boardman retired on Sept. 1 and was replaced by Charles “Wick” Moorman, whose appointment had apparently not been finalized when the timetable production work was completed.

The cover features an image of the westbound California Zephyr passing colorful fall foliage near Grandby, Colorado. The image was made by Amtrak trainmaster Steve Ostrowski.

WB California Zephyr to Run Earlier

September 18, 2014

Amtrak said this week that the westbound California Zephyr will operate 50 minutes earlier from Sept. 23 through 30 due to repair work being done by host railroad Union Pacific.

Train No. 5 will operate according to a temporary schedule at all stations from Chicago to Emeryville, Calif.

It will depart Chicago at 2:50 p.m. and operate approximately 50 minutes later at all stops through arrival in Denver the next morning.

From Denver to arrival Emeryville, Train 5 will operate on a temporary schedule. For more information, check http://www.amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).