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CSX Track Work Affects Palmetto, Silver Meteor

February 23, 2021

CSX track work will affect operations of the Palmetto and Silver Meteor through March 11.

The southbound Palmetto will operate on Mondays only from New York to Washington with no alternative transportation being provided south of Washington.

On Thursdays No. 89 will operate only between New York and Florence, South Carolina, with no alternative transportation provided south of Florence.

On Saturdays the Palmetto will operate the length of its route from New York to Savannah, Georgia, but will be rescheduled to arrive in Savannah at 9:14 p.m., 10 minutes later than normal.

The northbound Palmetto will operate only from Washington to New York on Mondays with no alternative transportation available between Savannah and Washington.

Train 90 will operate from Savannah to New York but depart Charleston, South Carolina, a 10:02 a.m., two minutes later than normal; Florence at 11:44 a.m., five minutes later than normal; and Fayetteville, North Carolina, at 1:15 p.m., 10 minutes later than normal.

The southbound Silver Meteor will depart Charleston at 5:01 a.m., 10 minutes later than normal, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Other schedule adjustments for Train 97 include departing Yemassee, South Carolina, at 6:03 a.m., 20 minutes later than normal; and Savannah at 7:10 a.m., 30 minutes later than normal.

The train will operate on a later schedule at all stations from Savannah to Miami.

The northbound Silver Meteor will depart Yemassee at 8:30 p.m., 10 minutes later than normal; Charleston at 9:37 p.m., 20 minutes later than normal; and Florence at 11:42 p.m., 30 minutes later than normal, operating on a later schedule at all stations from Florence to New York.

The Auto Train is expected to incur delays of 30 minutes in both directions between Savannah and Florence.

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.

Winter Leads to Delays, Cancellations

February 17, 2021

Harsh winter weather led to lengthy delays for Amtrak’s eastern long-distance trains and the cancellation of some western long-distance services.

Among the trains that were canceled were the Heartland Flyer, Feb. 14-16; Texas Eagle, Feb. 14 and Feb. 16 in both directions; Sunset Limited, eastbound on Feb. 14 and westbound on Feb. 15; Coast Starlight, cancelled between Portland, Oregon, and Sacramento, California, on Feb. 15; Southwest Chief, Feb. 14 in both directions; and the City of New Orleans, southbound on Feb. 15 and northbound on Feb. 17.

Some trains that continued to operate were subject to lengthy delays.

The Coast Starlight that departed Seattle last Saturday was more than 15 hours late arriving in Los Angeles and more than 25 hours late reaching Seattle on Sunday.

The delays were prompted by heavy snow and downed trees between Portland and Eugene, Oregon.

Those same conditions led to the lone daily Cascades Service train between Seattle and Eugene to operate only between Portland and Seattle on Saturday and to be cancelled on Sunday.

The Empire Builder was more than six hours late reach both Chicago and Seattle on Saturday.

The eastbound Lake Snore Limited was held for 39 minutes on Saturday to accommodate connecting passengers from inbound No. 8.

The eastbound California Zephyr was more than four late into Chicago on Monday.

Trains along the Atlantic Seaboard also suffered lengthy delays, including the Carolinian from New York and Charlotte, North Carolina; and the Palmetto between New York and Savannah, Georgia.

The northbound Palmetto that is scheduled to reach New York at 11:56 p.m. on Sunday arrived Monday at 8:03 a.m.

Aside from weather issues the train was stalled by freight train interference and delays in changing crews en route.

Also affected were the Auto Train and Silver Star.

CONO Sked Changed for Track Work

February 9, 2021

Track work being performed by Canadian National will result in Amtrak’s City of New Orleans operating later on certain days between Feb. 9 and March 12.

On Wednesdays and Fridays,Train 58 will operate as Train 1158 and depart New Orleans at 2:45 p.m, 60 minutes later than normal and operate on a later schedule at all stations from New Orleans to Jackson, Mississippi.

Train 1158 will hold at Jackson until 7:14 p.m., 90 minutes later than normal and operate on a later schedule at all stations between Jackson and Chicago.

Train 58 will operate normally on Sundays during this period of time.

Track Work Disrupts Service to Jesup

September 9, 2020

CSX track work will disrupt operations starting today (Sept. 9) of Amtrak’s Silver Meteor at Jesup, Georgia.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said Trains 97 and 98 will not stop at Jesup.

Passengers are being advised to either travel on an alternative date or board or disembark in Savannah, 47 miles to the north.

Workers are removing a pedestrian crossing at the Jesup Station. The work will continue through Sept. 17 and there will be no Amtrak service to Jesup during that time.

Track Work Affects CONO Schedules

September 3, 2020

Track work being performed by host railroad Canadian National will affect the operations of Amtrak’s City of New Orleans through Sept. 7.

The northbound CONO will depart New Orleans at 4 p.m., which is 2 hours and 15 minutes later than its normal schedule, and operate as Train No. 1058.

No. 1058 will operate on this later schedule from New Orleans to Jackson, Mississippi, where it will be held until 8:34 p.m.

Upon departing Jackson, No. 1058 will be operating 2 hours, 40 minutes later than scheduled and hold to that schedule at all stations to Chicago.

The southbound CONO will depart Chicago at 7:20 p.m. Sept. 6-7 and operate 45 minutes earlier at all scheduled stations to New Orleans, operating as No. 1059.

Amtrak Eyes Florida Service Cuts July 6

June 20, 2020

A Florida rail advocacy group told its members this week that Amtrak plans to reduce the frequency of operation of its Silver Service trains on July 6.

On that date, the group said, Amtrak plans to begin operating the Silver Star and Silver Meteor on alternating days between New York and Miami.

The group cited an Amtrak memo saying the Silver Meteor will depart New York on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and leave Miami on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Silver Star will depart New York on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and leave Miami on Miami on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The memo said both trains will offer expanded capacity for each departure that will include five Amfleet II coaches, three Viewliner sleeping cars, an Amfleet café car, and a Viewliner II sleeper class passenger lounge.

Daily service to Tampa will be provided by a bus connection at Orlando to and from the Silver Meteor on the days the Silver Star does not operate in Florida.

The service changes will not affect operations of the Palmetto, which will continue to operate daily between New York and Savannah, Georgia.

The Florida group is disputing assertions by Amtrak that the service reductions are temporary until ridership rebounds in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group said the planned July changes will mean that Florida stations in Tampa, Okeechobee, Lakeland and Palatka will only have tri-weekly rail service.

Amtrak has not yet announced the changes to operations of the Florida trains on its website.

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 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.

Dining on the City of New Orleans

March 26, 2020

There have been times when Amtrak sought to give the dining cars on its long-distance trains a touch of the cuisine associated with a region served by the route.

In the case of the City of New Orleans that meant food associated with the Crescent City.

But more often than not, the dining car fare on the CONO was the same as it was elsewhere.

Shown is the menu that was in use in 2012. Although not obvious from the dinner entrees shown inside, the diner on a March night that I was traveling from New Orleans to Chicago did feature a catfish dinner that would be similar to one you might find on a menu in a New Orleans restaurant.

And I can say it was tasty and enjoyable.