Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak service disruptions’

CSX Track Work May Disrupt Capitol Limited

July 3, 2020

The CSX track work window that may affect operations of Amtrak’s Capitol Limited has been extended to July 30.

During the period if Train No. 30 is more than 30 minutes late departing Pittsburgh it will terminate there. Train No. 29 that would have originated later that day in Washington will instead originate in Pittsburgh.

Alternate transportation will be provided between Pittsburgh and Washington to the intermediate stations of Connellsville, Pennsylvania; Cumberland, Maryland; Martinsburg, West Virginia; Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; and Rockville, Maryland.

Buses will only discharge passengers and not allow local travel between the affected intermediate stations.

On days when Nos. 29 and 30 pass through the construction zone between Connellsville and Cumberland, they are subject to delays of up to 30 minutes.

Track Work to Disrupt San Joaquin Service

June 23, 2020

Amtrak’s San Joaquin service will be disrupted by track work between July 7 and 29.

During that period, Trains 701, 702, 703, 704, 714 and 717 and their respective Thruway Bus connections are canceled.

Also canceled will be Thruway buses 3512 and 3519 between Bakersfield and Las Vegas.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said passengers should visit  https://amtraksanjoaquins.com/amtrak-san-joaquins-covid-19-service-adjustments/ for the most up to date Thruway schedules.

Train 718 will terminate at Wasco with Thruway Bus 5818 providing alternate transportation between Wasco and Bakersfield.

Train 711 will originate at Wasco with Thruway Bus 5811 providing alternate transportation between Bakersfield and Wasco.

Bus 5811 will depart all station stops from San Diego to Bakersfield 15 minutes earlier than normally scheduled.

Cardinal Grounded in West Virginia Today

June 20, 2020

Amtrak’s westbound Cardinal is shown at Cherry Grove, Indiana, on June 18, 2020. It was operating on schedule.

Amtrak tweeted this morning (June 20) that the westbound Cardinal will terminate in Huntington, West Virginia, with passengers put on a bus for the destinations between there and Chicago.

The Tweet cited unspecified weather issues. An online report on a railfan chat list said there had been flooding in Greenbrier County in West Virginia.

Amtrak had earlier Tweeted that No. 51 had stopped at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, due to a “mechanical issue.”

That was later updated to say the Cardinal would terminate in White Sulphur Springs.

The train had originated in New York on Friday morning and the equipment normally makes a same-day turn in Chicago on Saturdays.

Presumably, No. 50 will originate in Huntington tonight rather than Chicago. However, it turned out that Amtrak had enough equipment to make up the eastbound Cardinal in Chicago and it operated as scheduled.

On Sunday (June 21) the eastbound Cardinal picked up the equipment from the stranded westbound train of a day earlier to take it eastward.

The Amtrak Tweet said the alternative bus service to Chicago would only discharge passengers. No passengers will be picked up by those buses.

Track Work May Disrupt Capitol Limited

June 19, 2020

CSX track work may affect Amtrak’s Capitol Limited through July 2.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that work is taking place between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. between Pittsburgh and Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

If the eastbound Capitol would be more than 30 minutes late leaving Pittsburgh, it will terminate in Pittsburgh and passengers will be put aboard a bus that will make all intermediate stops en route to Washington.

In the event that No. 30 terminates in Pittsburgh, westbound No. 29 will originate in Pittsburgh the same day.

Passengers who would have boarded between Washington and Pittsburgh will instead ride a bus.

On days when bus service is substituted for train service the bus will only discharge passengers at intermediate points. It will not provide originating local traffic between those points.

Amtrak said trains traveling through the work zone may be delayed up to 30 minutes.

Pacific Surfliners, Coast Starlight to be Disrupted

June 19, 2020

Some Pacific Surfliner trains and the Coast Starlight will be disrupted on June 20 and 21 due to a scheduled track closure.

In a service advisory Amtrak said the following changes will affect northbound Pacific Surfliner schedules.

Train 763 will terminate at Los Angeles with Bus 4863 operating from Los Angeles to Oxnard. Train 1763 will operate from Oxnard to Goleta. Regular connecting bus service will operate between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

Train 777 will terminate at Los Angeles with Bus 4877 operating from Los Angeles to Oxnard and Train 1777 operating from Oxnard to San Luis Obispo.

Train 785 will terminate at Los Angeles with Bus 4885 operating from Los Angeles to Oxnard and Train 1785 operating from Oxnard to Goleta. Regular connecting bus service will be provided between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

No alternate transportation will be provided to the missed stations of Glendale, Burbank Airport, Chatsworth, Simi Valley, Moorpark or Camarillo.

Buses will depart all stations earlier than the normal schedule. Trains traveling north of Oxnard depart later than the normal schedule.

As for southbound service, Train 768 will originate at Los Angeles. Train 1768 will operate from Goleta to Oxnard and operate as Bus 4868 from Oxnard to Los Angeles. Regular connecting bus service will be provided between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

Train 774 will operate as Train 1774 from San Luis Obispo to Oxnard, as Bus 4874 from Oxnard to Los Angeles and as Train 774 from Los Angeles to San Diego.

Train 796 will originate at Los Angeles. Train 1796 will operate between Goleta and Oxnard and Bus 4896 will operate from Oxnard to Los Angeles. Regular connecting bus service will be provided between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

No alternate transportation will be provided to missed stations of Glendale, Burbank Airport, Chatsworth, Simi Valley, Moorpark or Camarillo.

Buses will depart all stations earlier than the normal schedule. Trains traveling north of Oxnard depart later than the normal schedule.

The Coast Starlight will not operate on June 20 and 21 between Oakland and Los Angeles, missing intermediate stops at San Jose, Salinas, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Van Nuys and Burbank.

Train 11 will terminate at Oakland and Bus 4796 will hold for connecting passengers. Train 14 will originate at Oakland.

Amtrak said that passengers seeking to travel between Los Angeles and Oakland could take an Amtrak Thruway bus to Bakersfield and connect to an Oakland-bound San Joaquins train.

Travel to most of the missed intermediate stops between Los Angeles or Oakland may be booked using a combination of Amtrak Capitol Corridor and/or Thruway bus service.

New York Trains to Detour Due to Track Work

June 12, 2020

Track work being performed in the Buffalo, New York, region will result in temporary schedule changes for Amtrak’s Empire Service and Maple Leaf.

On June 12 trains 281 and 283 will detour will detour between Niagara Falls and Buffalo-Depew, missing the station stop at Buffalo Exchange Street Station.

On June 13 through 19 Trains 64, 281, 283 and 284 will detour between Niagara Falls and Buffalo-Depew, missing the station stop at Buffalo Exchange.

No alternate transportation will be provided to Buffalo Exchange during the period of detours and trains may be delayed 10 to 15 minutes.

Trains to New Orleans Suspended due to Storm

June 8, 2020

Amtrak suspended over the weekend operations of its City of New Orleans for several days because of a forecast that tropical storm Cristobal was to make landfall along the Gulf Coast.

The carrier is also temporarily shortening the route of the routes of the Crescent and Sunset Limited.

No. 58 and 59 did not originate in New Orleans on June 7 and 8 while No. 59 did not originate in Chicago on June 6 and 7.

No alternative transportation was provided but passengers who had been ticketed to travel between Chicago and Carbondale, Illinois, were being referred to Amtrak Nos. 390 and 393 between those cities.

The Sunset Limited that was to originate in Los Angeles on June 5 terminated in San Antonio, Texas.

The train that was to originate in New Orleans on June 8 will instead originate in San Antonio on June 9.

No alternative transportation is being provided between New Orleans and San Antonio.

As for the Crescent, trains that originated in New York on June 6 and 7 terminated in Atlanta. No. 20 was to originate in Atlanta on June 7 and 8.

No alternative transportation was being provided between Atlanta and New Orleans.

Track Work Disrupts San Joaquin Trains June 11, 12

June 8, 2020

BNSF track work will affect San Joaquin service trains on June 11 and 12.

Trains 701, 702, 703, 704, 714 and 717 and their Thruway Bus connections are canceled. Also canceled on those days will be Thruway buses 3512 and 3519 between Bakersfield and Las Vegas are canceled.

On June 11, Train 718 will terminate at Wasco, California, with passengers provided alternative transportation to all missed intermediate stops by Thruway Bus 5818 to Bakersfield.

On June 12, Train 711 will originate at Wasco. Thruway Bus 5811 will provide alternate transportation from Bakersfield to Wasco.

Bus 5811 will depart all station stops from San Diego to Bakersfield 15 minutes earlier than normally scheduled.

California Zephyr Hits Boulder in Utah

June 8, 2020

The westbound California Zephyr hit a boulder on Saturday night in Utah, delaying the train for more than 17 hours.

The incident occurred at 9:55 p.m. MDT. The stranded passengers were taken by the eastbound Zephyr to Helper, Utah, where they were placed aboard buses to continue their trip.

News reports indicated that No. 6 also was delayed due to debris on the tracks of host railroad Union Pacific.

On Sunday night No. 6 was reported to be running nearly 13 hours late.  On Monday morning No. 6 was projected by Amtrak to arrive into Chicago at 2:27 a.m. CDT.

Track Work to Affect SB CONO Schedule

May 22, 2020

Track work by host railroad Canadian National has resulted in temporary schedule changes for Amtrak’s southbound City of New Orleans.

On May 22 and 26 Train No. 59 will depart Jackson, Mississippi, at 12:50 p.m, 90, minutes later than normal and operate on this later schedule at all intermediate stops of Hazlehurst, Brookhaven, McComb and Hammond to New Orleans.

The service advisory did not say if the arrival time in New Orleans will be affected.