Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak service disruptions’

Palmetto Disrupted by CSX Track Work

May 13, 2022

CSX track work is affecting operations of Amtrak’s Palmetto on weekdays through May 20.

Trains 89 and 90 are canceled on Monday through Thursday with no alternative transportation being provided.

An Amtrak service advisory said passengers should book alternative travel dates or use other Amtrak trains.

On Fridays, Train 89 will operate on an adjusted schedule between Washington and Savannah, Georgia, departing Washington at 10:45 a.m., 45 minutes later than normal.

It will then depart Richmond Staples Mill station at 3:19 p.m., three hours later than normal.

South of Richmond No. 89 will depart all stations between Fayetteville and Savannah 210 minutes later than normal on the affected dates.

Train 90 will depart Savannah at 6:15 a.m., 80 minutes earlier than normal. It will depart Richmond Staples Mill at 4:01 p.m., 40 minutes earlier than normal.

Train 90 will depart Washington at the normal scheduled departure time of 7:10 p.m.

Trains 89 and 90 will operate normally on Saturday and Sunday.

Track Work to Disrupt Some Pacific Surfliners

May 8, 2022

Track work will result in some service disruptions for Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner trains on May 14 and 15.

On May 14 Train 594 will be canceled with alternate transportation being provided on Bus 3594 from Los Angeles to San Diego, serving all missed stops, except San Juan Capistrano.

Also that day Train 595 will be canceled and passengers directed to use Amtrak Thruway Bus 5811 between San Diego and Los Angeles, making all intermediate stops except San Diego Old Town and San Juan Capistrano.

On May 15, Train 562 will be canceled with passengers being directed to take Train 564 which departs Los Angeles at 7:10 a.m.

Also canceled that day is Train 761, between Los Angeles and San Diego. It will operate between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. No alternate transportation is being provided between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Blizzards Halted Empire Builder

April 18, 2022

Severe winter weather led Amtrak this week to cancel the Empire Builder between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Spokane, Washington, last week Trains magazine reported.

The report said Amtrak cited blizzard conditions in North Dakota and Montana for terminating the eastbound Builder at Spokane on Monday and Tuesday.

The westbound Empire Builder ran only as far as St. Paul with an abbreviated consist.

Nos. 7 and 8 are not currently scheduled to depart Chicago or Seattle on Thursdays or Fridays.

Some Trains to Resume Daily Operation

March 26, 2022

Starting Monday, Amtrak’s Chicago-Washington Capitol Limited will begin sharing train sets with the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle.

The move coincides with both trains resuming daily operation rather than the five-day-week operation they have been following since late January.

At that time the Capitol Limited began departing Chicago and Washington on Sunday through Thursday with no departures on Friday and Saturday.

At the time of the service reduction, Amtrak cited staffing shortages in reducing the operation of most long-distance trains from daily to five-days-a-week.

A report on the website of Trains magazine said the equipment from inbound No. 29 will make a same-day turn with minimal maintenance to become No. 21 for Texas.

Three days a week the Texas Eagle interchanges in San Antonio through cars to and from Los Angeles with the Sunset Limited.

Trains said the equipment sharing between the Eagle and Capitol will reduce the number of equipment sets needed to cover both trains from seven to six.

Currently, Amtrak assigns three equipment sets to Nos. 29 and 30 and four equipment sets to Nos. 21 and 22.

The trains will continue to be treated as separate for purposes of ticketing and those who are connecting from the Capitol to the Eagle or vice versa must disembark in Chicago rather than remain onboard.

The Eagle and Capitol have similar equipment sets of two coaches, a sleeping car and a Cross Country Café that serves as a dining car for sleeping car passengers and a café car for coach passengers.

The Eagle operates with a third coach between Chicago and St. Louis.

As part of the change, Amtrak plans to shift the federally-mandated 1,500 mile equipment inspection to St. Louis rather than Chicago.

To accommodate that, Amtrak is adding additional dwell time in St. Louis so that the Eagle will sit there for two hours in each direction.

During the St. Louis dwell time passengers will either have to disembark for the entire dwell time or remain in their coach seat or sleeping car room.

Amtrak wanted to retain the same schedule between St. Louis and San Antonio in both directions so it modified the schedule between Chicago and St. Louis.

No. 21 will now depart Chicago at 11:55 a.m. rather than the current 1:45 p.m. It will depart St. Louis at 9:22 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 3:21 p.m. Currently, No. 22 departs St. Louis at 7:55 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 1:22 p.m.

Currently, the St. Louis dwell time for the Texas Eagle in both directions is 30 minutes.

A potential challenge for the new schedule can occur if the inbound Capitol Limited is excessively late arriving in Chicago.

It is common for No. 29 to lose time while operating over host railroad Norfolk Southern west of Toledo.

In addition to the Capitol Limited and Texas Eagle resuming daily operation, the Los Angeles-Seattle Coast Starlight will also begin operating daily next week.

Although Amtrak’s website shows all other long-distance trains now operating five days a week resuming daily operation on May 23, that is not guaranteed even though passengers are being allowed to book travel on days those trains currently do not operate.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told Railway Age that the daily operation shown on the website for all long distance trains effective March 23 is the carrier’s spring schedule and the summer schedule has yet to be posted.

Amtrak has thus far declined to say how long the less-than-daily operation will continue.

That means the Lake Shore Limited, Crescent, City of New Orleans, Southwest Chief, California Zephyr and Empire Builder will continue to operate on their present five-days-a-week schedules.

Also uncertain is when the New York-Miami Silver Meteor will resume operation.

Some corridor services will resume operating on March 28, including all trains in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor and some Empire Service trains that had been suspended between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

However, in the Chicago-Carbondale, Illinois, corridor the southbound Saluki and northbound Illini remain suspended.

The former departed Chicago in the morning while the latter departed Carbondale in late afternoon.

Some shuttle trains between New Haven, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts, also remain suspended.

A few Northeast Corridor trains also have yet to return, including overnight Nos. 66 and 67 between Boston and Washington.

This is not the first time Amtrak has operated equipment sharing for long-distance trains in Chicago.

In past years the Capitol Limited has shared equipment with the Southwest Chief, the Texas Chief has shared equipment with the City of New Orleans, and the Empire Builder has shared equipment with the City of New Orleans.

Magliari told Railway Age that combining the equipment sets for the Capitol Limited and Texas Eagle was done due to shortages of operating and maintenance employees.

Another factor, he said, is that both are one-night trains, rather than taking two nights.

MBTA Project to Affect Downeaster Trains

March 26, 2022

Amtrak’s Downeaster service will be disrupted this weekend due to a project being undertaken by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Trains 691, 693, 695, 697, 699/1689, 690, 692, 694, 696 and 698 will detour via the Keolis/Western Route Main Line between Boston North Station and Haverhill, Massachusetts, missing the station stop at Woburn. No alternate transportation will be provided at Woburn.

The MBTA project involves extension of its Green Line.

CN Bridge Work Affects Saluki, Illini

March 19, 2022

A bridge project being conducted by host railroad Canadian National will affect the operation of Amtrak trains in the Chicago-Carbondale, Illinois, corridor March 19-21.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said Nos. 390 and 393 will not operate between Chicago and Homewood, Illinois, on all three days.

Passengers will be transported by bus between those two stations.

Train 390, the northbound Saluki, and Train 393, the southbound Illini, will originate and terminate in Homewood.

Train 390 will depart Carbondale at 8 a.m., 30 minutes later than normal while Train 393 will depart Homewood at 5:16 p.m., 30 minutes later than normal.

The bridge work will not affect operations of the City of New Orleans, which operates between Chicago and New Orleans.

Virginia Services Disrupted by Bridge Work

March 7, 2022

Bridge work being conducted by Norfolk Southern will affect the operations of some Amtrak trains serving Virginia.

The bridge work is being conducted between March 5-7, March 12-13, and March 19-20.

On Saturdays, Train 87, which normally operates between New York and Norfolk, will terminate in Washington.

Passengers are advised to take Train 99 to Newport News and transfer to Thruway Bus 6099 between Newport News and Norfolk. In a service advisory, Amtrak said there  will be no alternate transportation to the intermediate stations of Alexandria, Woodbridge, Quantico, Fredericksburg, Ashland, Richmond-Staples Mill and Petersburg.

On Sundays, Train 88, which normally operates between Norfolk and New York, will originate in Washington.

Affected passengers are advised to take Thruway Bus 6096 between Norfolk and Newport News and transfer to Train 96. There will be no alternate transportation to the intermediate stations of Petersburg, Richmond-Staples Mill, Ashland, Fredericksburg, Quantico, Woodbridge and Alexandria.

On March 7, Train 84, which normally operates between Norfolk and New York, is canceled with no alternate transportation provided.

Train 94, which normally operates between Norfolk and New York, will originate in Washington with alternate transportation being provided on Bus 3894 between Norfolk and Washington. It will make no intermediate stops and depart Norfolk at 9 a.m.

There will be no alternate transportation to intermediate stations of Petersburg, Richmond – Staples Mill, Ashland, Fredericksburg, Quantico, Woodbridge and Alexandria.

Normal NEC Operations Resume Today

March 7, 2022

Amtrak was to resume normal operations today (March 7) in the Northeast Corridor after operations were disrupted over the weekend by the derailment of a Norfolk Southern coal train.

The derailment also affected MARC commuter trains, which are set to resume routine operations today for trains operating from Baltimore to Perryman, Maryland.

The NS derailment occurred early Saturday morning near Aberdeen, Maryland, when 20 cars of a coal train jumped the tracks.

The cleanup operations led to the cancellation of numerous trains, including the Palmetto between New York and Savannah, Georgia.

Limited Northeast Regional and Acela service operated on Saturday and Sunday.

The Carolinian operated only between Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; the Silver Star operated only between Washington and Miami; and the southbound Crescent ran only from Washington to New Orleans.

The northbound Crescent continued to operate from New Orleans to New York. The Chicago to New York Cardinal on Saturday operated only to Indianapolis.

Initially, Amtrak suspended all service between Washington and Philadelphia and operated limited service between New York and Philadelphia.

In a statement, NS said the derailment occurred shortly before 5:30 a.m. and there were no injuries.

2 Piedmonts Suspended due to Track Work

March 4, 2022

Norfolk Southern track work has led to the cancellation of Piedmont trains 74 and 77 on Monday through Thursday through March 7.

The trains ordinarily operate between Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina. No alternative transportation is being provided in place of the cancelled trains.

The track work will not affect operations of all other Piedmont trains. The New York-Charlotte Carolinian also will operate as schedule.

Another Snowstorm, More Cancellations

February 16, 2022

Here comes another winter storm and with it another round of Amtrak service cancellations.

In a service advisory, Amtrak cited “forecasted impacts from the winter storm and for the safety of our customers and employees.”

On Thursday (Feb. 17), Lincoln Service Nos. 304 and 305 (Chicago-St. Louis ) are cancelled. Lincoln Service trains 300, 301, 302, 303, 306 and 307 will operate as schedule.

Lincoln Service Nos. 300 and 301 are canceled on Friday (Feb. 18). Nos. 302, 303, 304, 305, 306 and 307 will operate as scheduled.

Also on Thursday, Missouri River Runner No. 313 is canceled from St. Louis to Kansas City, Missouri. Pere Marquette No. 370 is cancelled from Chicago to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

On Friday (Feb. 18), Missouri River Runner No. 314 is canceled from Kansas City to St. Louis. Pere Marquette No. 371 is cancelled from Grand Rapids to Chicago.