Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak service cancelations’

Winter Conditions Cause More Service Disruptions

February 18, 2021

Harsh winter weather continued to lead to delays and cancellations for Amtrak on Wednesday, including in the Midwest.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said a week of temperatures near zero caused a series of “weather-related equipment issues.”

A Chicago-Port Huron, Michigan Blue Water round trip was cancelled on Wednesday as a result.

Reportedly, the problem involved the train’s two Charger locomotives and Amtrak maintenance was unable to fix the issue.

The same day the Chicago-bound Pere Marquette, which originates in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was terminated at its first intermediate stop in Hollard, Michigan, due to equipment problems.

Passengers were transferred to a bus to complete their journey to their destination.

Several corridor and long-distance trains that did operate on Tuesday and Wednesday encountered lengthy departure delays from Chicago.

After a late Tuesday arrival in Chicago from Carbondale, Illinois, the Saluki was canceled on Wednesday and its counterpart to Carbondale, the Illini, was cancelled that day.

Both trains were cancelled on Wednesday. Reportedly the problem that led to the cancellation of the Illini was a computer issue on the locomotive that locked up the brakes so that they would not release.

Elsewhere, Amtrak canceled trains in Virginia and the Carolinas ahead of a winter storm expected to bring ice and snow to the region.

The Auto Train was cancelled in both directions on today. Also cancelled were trains that terminate at Norfolk, Newport News, and Roanoke in Virginia, and the Palmetto to Savannah, Georgia.

The northbound counterparts to these trains have been cancelled for Thursday and Friday.

In the West the Coast Starlight has resumed operating over its entire route.

However, Wednesday departures of the Sunset Limited from Los Angeles and New Orleans were cancelled.

The Texas Eagle will originate in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday as scheduled. The westbound Texas Eagle will resume departing from Chicago on Friday.

The Oklahoma City-Fort Worth, Texas, Heartland Flyer remains suspended until Feb. 20.

UP Derailment Hindered Amtrak Service

February 18, 2021

A Union Pacific derailment last Saturday hindered Amtrak service in Normal, Illinois, leading to the cancellation of some Lincoln Service trains.

UP derailed 16 cars of an intermodal train, the ZG4MQ-13, damaging the track and blocking several grade crossings.

Lincoln Service Train 300 terminated at Springfield, Illinois, and Trains 303, 306, and 307 were canceled.

The northbound Texas Eagle detoured between St. Louis and Chicago, missing seven intermediate stops.

Passengers traveling between St. Louis and Chicago were offered alternative transportation.

Further complications occurred a few days later when fire broke out during the wreck site cleanup process.

Authorities said the fire was caused by refrigeration units on some of the containers being hauled by the intermodal train that derailed.

The fire damaged the vinyl siding of an adjacent apartment building.

The derailment of the southbound train came within 25 feet of an Illinois State University student housing building.

One track was reopened to rail traffic on Sunday, but Amtrak cancelled two Lincoln Service trains and shorted the route of another.

UP and Federal Railroad Administration officials were conducting an investigation into the cause of the derailment.

Storms Disrupt Amtrak on East, West Coasts

February 1, 2021

A winter storm on Sunday prompted Amtrak to cancel several services in the East.

Among them was the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian. Keystone Service between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, via Philadelphia operated on a limited schedule.

Also operating on limited or modified schedules was Northeast Regional Service between Boston and Virginia, and Empire Service between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

All Acela service between Boston and Washington was canceled.

In a related development, storms on the West Coast also caused service suspensions and cancellation over the weekend.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said all service between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, California, has been suspended until further notice because of storm damage on the Union Pacific line along the Pacific Coast.

Pacific Surfliners that normally serve San Luis Obispo originated and terminated in Santa Barbara Sunday and Monday.

Alternative bus service was provided to San Luis Obispo.

Also affected was the Coast Starlight. In a Twitter message, Amtrak said the Starlight would be originating and terminating on Monday in Oakland, California.

Some Amtrak Service Still Suspended

December 18, 2020

Although most Amtrak service in the Northeast Corridor is back operating today, the passenger carrier said some service remain suspended or are operating on modified schedules.

Cancelled service for today (Dec. 18) includes Northeast Regional No. 181 between Washington and Boston; and Empire Service trains  234, 280, 238, 233, 291 and 239 between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

Running on a modified schedule is Northeast Regional 67, which will operate from Newport News, Virginia, to Washington only.

Amtrak has canceled numerous trains in the Northeast over the past two days due to a winter storm that dumped heavy snow on large swaths of the region.

Winter Storm Prompts Service Cancellations in Northeast

December 16, 2020

A winter storm has prompted Amtrak to announce service cancellations in the Northeast for the period Dec. 16-18.

Canceled on Dec. 16 are Keystone Service trains 605, 607, 609, 643, 645, 649, 651, 655, 600, 642, 646, 648, 650, 654, 656 and 620 between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Also canceled are Northeast Regional 67 between Newport News, Virginia, and Boston; and Empire Service 244 and 241 between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

Northeast Regional No. 66 will operate only from Newport News to Washington.

On Dec. 17 cancellations include all Acela service; Northeast Regional trains 55, 141, 95, 137, 179,193, 56, 148, 94, 190, 172, 138, 198 and 66; Keystone Service  trains 605, 607, 609, 643, 645, 649, 651, 655, 600, 642, 646, 648, 650, 654, 656 and 620; Empire Service trains 234, 280, 238, 233, 291 and 239; and Springfield Shuttles 494 and 417.

On Dec. 17 Keystone trains 640, 652, 641 and 653 will operate between Philadelphia and Harrisburg only.

On Dec. 18 Northeast Regional 181 is canceled while No. 67 will operate only between Washington and Newport News.

An Amtrak service advisory said no alternative transportation is being provided for the canceled trains.

Service will be restored pending improved conditions and passengers are urged to check their train’s status at Amtrak.com or the Amtrak smartphone app.

Zeta Prompts Service Cancellations to New Orleans

October 28, 2020

Amtrak has canceled all service to New Orleans due to Tropical Storm Zeta with no alternative transportation being provided.

Affected are the Sunset Limited, Crescent and City of New Orleans.

The Sunset Limited will operate only between Los Angeles and San Antonio, a move that began with the train that departed Los Angeles on Tuesday (Oct. 27).

Train No. 2 will originate in San Antonio on Thursday (Oct. 29).

The Crescent will operate between New York and Atlanta starting with the train that originated in New York on Tuesday.

The next train from Atlanta to New York was to depart on Thursday.

The City of New Orleans has been canceled for the length of its route.

Amtrak said alternative service is being provided between Chicago and Carbondale, Illinois, by the northbound Saluki and southbound Illini.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said passengers whose travel has been disrupted should contact it at 800-USA-RAIL.There will be no change or cancellation fees imposed.

LSL Boston Section Canceled by Track Work

July 3, 2020

Track work being undertaken by MBTA in Massachusetts will result in the cancellation of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, next week.

Between July 5 and July 11, passengers about Train No. 448 traveling to the intermediate stations in Massachusetts of Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston (South Station) will get off the train at Albany and ride a bus to their destination.

No alternative transportation is being provided to Framingham or Boston Back Bay station.

Passengers for Train 449 at the same intermediate stations will board a bus between July 6 and 12 to travel to Albany-Rensselaer, where they will board the train to continue their journey.

No alternate transportation will be provided from Boston Back Bay station or Framingham.

Passengers boarding at Boston South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Worcester passengers will board their bus at the main entrance in front of the station and not at the bus terminal.

No business class or sleeper class service will be provided for passengers traveling on Nos. 448 and 449 will be offered between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer.

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.

Cascades Service Further Trimmed

March 28, 2020

Amtrak Cascades Service has been further trimmed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nos. 517 and 518 have been canceled until further notice.

A notice on the Cascades Service website said all food and beverage service aboard trains that continue to operate has been suspended.

Passengers are allowed to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages onboard.

All stations between Seattle and Eugene remain open except the volunteer-staffed Olympia/Lacey and Kelso stations.

Cascades trains will continue to stop at those stations but no services are available.

Amtrak Trims More Service, Brightline Suspended

March 26, 2020

Additional Amtrak service reductions have been announced and Florida intercity rail passenger operator Brightline has suspended all service.

The latest Amtrak cancellations include reducing the level of service of Missouri River Runner service effective March 30

The two daily roundtrips between St. Louis and Kansas City will be cut to one with trains leaving Kansas City at 8:15 a.m. and St. Louis at 4 p.m.

The St. Louis-Kansas City corridor was the last in the Midwest to be unaffected by the COVID pandemic-induced service reductions.

Effective today Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has ordered all Amtrak in that state to be suspended.

The Vermonter, which normally operates between Washington and St. Albans, Vermont, will not operate north of New Haven, Connecticut.

On its reduced schedule, the Vermonter will not operate on Sundays.

The Ethan Allen Express, which normally operates between New York and Rutland, Vermont, will not operate north of Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

Scott said he took the action after consulting with Amtrak. He also issued a stay-at-home order for residents of his state and directed the closure of in-person, nonessential businesses in order to minimize unnecessary activities outside of homes.

In Florida, Brightline, which is owned by Virgin Trains USA, laid off 250 of its more than 300 South Florida workers this week.

Brightline said on Wednesday that it was suspending all service in the wake of the pandemic.

The layoffs included Bob O’Malley, vice president of corporate development.

In a statement, Brightline said it hoped to rehire most of its workers once service resumes, but said it could not say when that might be.

A report in the Miami Herald said more than 700 construction workers on a project to extend Brightline track to Orlando remain employed.