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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.

Amtrak to Begin Restoring Service From Chicago

January 31, 2019

Service on Amtrak’s Midwest corridor routes that radiate from Chicago will be canceled today (Jan. 31), but some long-distance trains will be reinstated.

All but one train will be restored by Friday Amtrak said in a service advisory.

Trains were canceled this week after a blast of arctic air sent temperatures plunging below zero and created dangerous wind chills.

Long-distance trains that will resume today include Chicago-Los Angeles (Southwest Chief), Chicago-San Francisco Bay (California Zephyr), Chicago-Seattle/Portland (Empire Builder), Chicago-New Orleans (City of New Orleans), Chicago-San Antonio/Los Angeles (Texas Eagle) and Chicago-Washington (Capitol Limited).

Long distance train that will not originate today include the Lake Shore Limited  (Chicago-New York/Boston) and the Cardinal (Chicago-New York)

On Friday all Midwest corridor services but one to and from Chicago will be restored.

The exception will be Carbondale to Chicago train No. 390 (Saluki), which will be restored on Saturday.

Amtrak Midwest corridor services to and from Chicago to be restored on Frida include Chicago-Milwaukee (Hiawatha Service), Chicago-Quincy (Carl Sandburg and Illinois Zephyr), Chicago-St. Louis (Lincoln Service), and Chicago-Carbondale (Illini and Saluki),Chicago and Indianapolis (Hooiser State), Chicago and Detroit [Pontiac] (Wolverine Service), Chicago and Port Huron (Blue Water), and Chicago and Grand Rapids (Pere Marquette).
Also resuming operation on Friday will be the Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited and Chicago-New York Cardinal.

Passengers holding reservations on canceled trains will be rebooked on other trains without any additional fees.

Amtrak Cancels Most Midwest Service Due to Cold

January 30, 2019

Amtrak has canceled all trains that are scheduled to originate in Chicago today (Jan. 30) due to subzero temperatures in the Midwest.

This also includes trains that originate elsewhere today en route to Chicago.

Trains that originated on or before Jan. 29 will complete their trip to Chicago. Most of those are long-distance trains.

Amtrak said that all corridor trains will be canceled on Thursday, Jan. 31. Most long-distance trains originating in Chicago are also expected to be canceled on Thursday.

Also being canceled today and Thursday will be long-distance trains bound for Chicago that would be scheduled to arrive on Thursday and Friday.

One long-distance train, the Chicago to Seattle/Portland Empire Builder was canceled on Tuesday due to the severe cold.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told Trains magazine that decision was made in consultation with host railroad BNSF, which handles the train for most of its route.

The only Amtrak trains that will originate in the Midwest today and Thursday will be the two Missouri River Runner round-trips between Kansas City and St. Louis.

Amtrak typically operates 55 trains daily to and from Chicago hub.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said passengers traveling on the affected trains will be able to change their travel to another date without an additional charge.

In a related development, intercity commuter carrier The South Shore Line suspended all service on Wednesday.

The carrier, which operates between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, said a test train encountered “significant overnight wire problems.”

The South Shore said it will evaluate weather and operating conditions and determine later today if it will operate on Thursday.

The severe cold also prompted Chicago commuter railroad Metra to operate today on a modified schedule.

Track Work to Disrupt Chicago-St. Louis Trains

September 27, 2016

Track work in Illinois will affect Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains on select days in October.

300px-Lincoln_Service_map.svgIn some instances, Lincoln Service passengers will complete a portion of their journey on a chartered bus.

On Oct. 6, 7 and 8, the following trains will operate between Chicago and Springfield with bus service will be provided to Carlinville, Alton and St. Louis.

Buses will depart earlier than the published schedules for their respective trains with bus arrival and departure times provided on

  • Oct. 6: Train 305
  • Oct.7: Trains 301, 302, 303, 304, 305 and 306
  • Oct. 8: Trains 301, 302, 303, 304, & 306

Trains 300, 301, 302 and 303 will be cancelled between Oct. 21 and Oct. 24 with alternate transportation provided at all stations for all trains except for Train 300.

The Chicago to San Antonio Texas Eagle will detour between Chicago and St. Louis on Oct. 7 and 8, and Oct. 21-24, missing the stations stops of Joliet, Pontiac, Bloomington-Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Alton. The train will operate to all stations south of St. Louis

The northbound Texas Eagle will operate as normal to St. Louis, but detour to Chicago on the same dates as the southbound train.

Passengers on Train 22/422 destined for Chicago will remain on the train while those traveling to stations between St. Louis and Joliet will be provided chartered buses as replacement transportation.

Amtrak said that Texas Eagle passengers traveling to or from Joliet, Pontiac, Bloomington-Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Alton can make reservations aboard the Lincoln Service train/alternate bus service.

The Eagle might experience delays of up to 45 minutes during the detour.

Chicago Service Restoration Nearly Complete

January 12, 2014

Amtrak will restore nearly all service to and from Chicago on Sunday, Jan. 12. The exception is Lincoln Service Train No. 301.

Capacity has been added to the Texas Eagle from Chicago to St. Louis to compensate for the cancelation of Train 301.

Amtrak previously restored Chicago Hub Service on other Downstate Illinois routes, plus routes in Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Missouri service has operated without interruption.

Amtrak Restores More Service on Saturday

January 11, 2014

Amtrak will restore all of its Wolverine Service on Saturday, Jan. 11.  Also restored today will be the Chicago-Quincy, Ill., Carl Sandburg.
However, the following Lincoln Service trains have been canceled: 300, 301, 304 & 305 are canceled. Also still not operating today are the southbound Saluki and the northbound Illini.

Amtrak Continues to Cancel Trains

January 10, 2014

Amtrak continues to slowly resume full service on Midwest Corridor routes by putting back into service another Wolverine Service train between Chicago and Detroit (Pontiac)

However, a number of trains will still not operate on Friday, Jan. 10. In a passenger advisory, Amtrak said that “Chicago Hub Service restoration, which includes placing train crews, locomotives and railcars in proper rotations to support full schedules, will continue through the weekend.”

While this work continues, the following Chicago Hub Services will not be available on Friday, Jan. 10:

Lincoln Service Trains 300, 301, 304 & 305. Trains 302, 303, 306 & 307 and Trains 21/321 & 22/322 will maintain service on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor.

Wolverine Service Train 353. Trains 350, 351, 352, 354 & 355 will maintain service on the Chicago-Detroit corridor)

Carl Sandburg Trains 381 & 382. Illinois Zephyr Trains 380 & 383 will maintain service on the Chicago-Quincy corridor.

Saluki Train 391 & Illini Train 392. Trains 390 (Saluki) & 393 (Illini) and Trains 58 & 59 (City of New Orleans) will maintain service on the Chicago-Carbondale corridor.

Amtrak Restoring Sked, Some Trains Still Idle

January 9, 2014

Amtrak operated its full slate of trains through Northeast Ohio on Thursday morning, although all were running late.

The best performance was turned in by the westbound Capitol Limited, which arrived in Cleveland at 3:10 a.m., 22 minutes late. No. 29 had departed Washington, D.C., 15 minutes late on Wednesday afternoon.

The eastbound Capitol Limited got out of Chicago 1.5 hours late and made it into Cleveland at 4:53 a.m., which was just over three hours off schedule.

The westbound Lake Shore Limited was passing through Ashtabula shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Thursday and Amtrak projected it arriving in Cleveland nearly four hours late. No. 49 departed New York Penn Station three hours late on Wednesday. No. 449 departed Boston South Station on time.

The eastbound Lake Shore Limited was nearly two hours late getting out of Chicago Union Station on Wednesday night. It was projected to reach Cleveland just over two hours late.

Amtrak’s Track a Train showed No. 48 still in Toledo at 6:45 a.m., but the website showed the train as having arrived there at 5:32 a.m and departed at 5:57 a.m.

Nos. 48 and 49 did not depart their origination terminals on Monday or Tuesday.

Although the severe winter weather that saw temperatures dip below zero this week was abating by Thursday morning, Amtrak continued to cancel Midwest Corridor trains while restoring others

The full Hiawatha Service schedule between Milwaukee and Chicago was slated to operate on Thursday, Jan. 9. Cancellations included:
Lincoln Service Trains 300, 301, 304 & 305 are canceled. Trains 302, 303, 306 & 307 and Trains 21/321 & 22/322 will maintain service on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor.
Wolverine Service Trains 352 & 353 are canceled. Trains 350, 351, 354 & 355 will maintain service on the Chicago-Ann Arbor-Detroit-Pontiac corridor.
Carl Sandburg Trains 381 & 382 are canceled. Illinois Zephyr Trains 380 & 383 will maintain service on the Chicago-Quincy corridor.
Saluki Train 391 & Illini Train 392 are canceled. Trains 390 (Saluki) & 393 (Illini) and Trains 58 & 59 (City of New Orleans) will maintain service on the Chicago-Carbondale corridor.
Passengers who have paid but choose not to travel due to this service disruption can receive a

The western long-distance trains were also getting back to normal. The Texas Eagle, California Zephyr and Southwest Chief, all departed Chicago on Wednesday afternoon. Amtrak’s website showed the Empire Builder as having a service disruption.

The westbound Cardinal that had been halted in Indianapolis on Monday finally got out of town on Wednesday, operating as the Hoosier State.

The snow-clogged BNSF line in Illinois that had halted the Southwest Chief, California Zephyr and Illinois Zephyr on Monday, was finally cleared on Tuesday.

Passengers had been transferred to buses on Tuesday morning and taken to Chicago, but the train sets had remained in place.

The equipment for the California Zephyr was backed up to Cameron where it access the tracks of the former Santa Fe mainline and went to Chicago via Joliet and Streator.

The empty Southwest Chief and Illinois Zephyr equipment reached Chicago via the normal route via Aurora.

Trains magazine reported that Amtrak long distance trains carry beef stew in reserve in the event that a train is stranded and all passengers need to be fed. That plan was implemented on Monday night aboard the marooned Chief and California Zephyr.

Amtrak Cancels Trains for Wednesday

January 7, 2014

Amtrak has canceled the following Midwest Corridor trains on Wednesday, Jan. 8:

Lincoln Service Trains 300, 301, 304 & 305.  Trains 302, 303, 306 & 307 and Trains 21/321 & 22/322 will maintain service on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor.

Hiawatha Service Trains 329, 332, 333, 336, 337 & 340 are. Trains 330, 331, 334, 335, 338 & 339 will maintain service on the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor.

Wolverine Service Trains 352 & 353 are cancelled. Trains 350, 351, 354 & 355 will maintain service on the Chicago-Ann Arbor-Detroit-Pontiac corridor.

Illinois Zephyr Train 380 & Carl Sandburg Trains 381 & 382 are cancelled. Train 383 will be the only service on the Chicago-Quincy corridor.

Saluki Train 391 & Illini Train 392 are cancelled. Trains 390 (Saluki) & 393 (Illini) and Trains 58 & 59 (City of New Orleans) will maintain service on the Chicago-Carbondale corridor.

Neither the Lake Shore Limited or Capitol Limited departed from their terminals on Tuesday. both are shown as planning to depart from their respective endpoints on Wednesday. The eastbound Cardinal department Chicago on Tuesday night.

The California Zephyr and Southwest Chief were both canceled westbound on Tuesday, but are slated to depart on Wednesday.

The eastbound Southwest Chief on Monday was already running about two hours late at Galesburg when it encountered massive snowdrifts near Zearing that blocked BNSF’s Mendota Subdivision. Amtrak eventually dispatched buses to evacuate the stranded train.

Also blocked were the eastbound California Zephyr and Illinois Zephyr. Passengers were eventually unloaded from both trains and put on buses. The equipment for the CZ then ran empty to Chicago via the former Santa Fe mainline.

The Illinois Zephyr had been delayed leaving Quincy because the previous night’s train from Chicago arrived more than five hours late.

The westbound Chief and California Zephyr were preparing to leave Chicago were both cancelled on Monday and again Tuesday.

Amtrak canceled at least one frequency in each direction for Monday on all Illinois routes following Gov. Pat Quinn’s state-of-emergency declaration. On Tuesday all service was cancelled on the Chicago-Quincy and Chicago-St. Louis lines until the last departures of the day from each endpoint. The eastbound Texas Eagle was held for open track at St. Louis on Tuesday.

Eastbound Southwest Chiefs were turned to their westbound counterparts at Albuquerque and Kansas City, and the California Zephyr is being turned at Denver to represent the train that never made it out of Chicago on Monday.

Some Midwest corridor services suffered hours-long delays as a result of frozen switches, disabled freight trains, and blocked passing sidings on host railroads.

Thousands of flights at Midwest over the past two weeks have been canceled due to the severe winter weather. Road closures and accidents also hindered or shut down bus service.

Amtrak Trains Canceled for Tuesday, Jan. 7

January 7, 2014

Amtrak has announced that it will not operate several trains on Tuesday due to deteriorating conditions on freight railroad-owned routes used by its passenger trains.

The following Chicago Hub Services have been canceled.
Lincoln Service Trains 300, 301, 302, 303, 304 & 305. Trains 306 & 307 are the only scheduled trains on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor.
Hiawatha Service Trains 329, 332, 333, 336, 337 & 340. Trains 330, 331, 334, 335, 338, 339, 341 & 342 will maintain service on the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor.
Wolverine Service Trains 352 & 353. Trains 350, 351, 354 & 355 will maintain service on the Chicago-Detroit (Pontiac)  corridor.
Illinois Zephyr & Carl Sandburg Trains 380, 381, 382 & 383 are canceled.
Saluki Trains 390, 391 & 392.  The Illiini (No. 393) is the only scheduled train on the Chicago-Carbondale corridor.
• Hoosier State Train 851.
Amtrak’s announcement did not make mention of whether the Lake Shore Limited would depart on Tuesday.

Online reports indicate that a number of long-distance trains were terminated enough route on Monday due to severe winter conditions. These included the westbound Cardinal at Indianapolis and sections of the California Zephyr and Southwest Chief.

Amtrak advised that passengers who have paid for tickets but chosen not to travel due to service disruptions can receive a refund or a voucher for future travel.

Some reservations booked online can be modified or canceled on or by using the Amtrak mobile app.
Amtrak has also announced that the sections of the Southwest Chief that originate in Chicago on

Jan. 10 and will detour on Jan. 12 from San Bernardino to Los Angeles and will not stop at Riverside and Fullerton. Bus service to and from these stations will only be provided for passengers with reservations.