Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak’s California Zephyr’

California Zephyr Detouring via Wyoming

September 21, 2017

Track work by Union Pacific has sent the California Zephyr detouring through Wyoming between Sept. 16 and 23 and Oct. 1 and 8.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the detour of Nos. 5 and 6, will result in them missing station stops in Colorado at Winter Park, Granby, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction; and in Utah at Green River, Helper and Provo.

Amtrak said passengers for No. 5 detraining at any of the missed station stops will be provided bus service from Denver to their destination. Passengers boarding at any of the missed stops will be provided bus service to Salt Lake City.

However, alternate service will not be provided for Winter Park or Granby.

A similar procedure will apply to No. 6. Passengers detraining at any of the missed station stops will be provided bus service from Salt Lake City to destination.

Passengers boarding at any of the missed stops will be provided bus service to Denver, where you can board the train. Alternate service will not be provided at Winter Park or Granby.

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California Zephyr Schedule to be Modified

September 2, 2017

Amtrak has announced temporary schedules for the California Zephyr during a period of Union Pacific track work on the train’s route in Colorado. The modified schedules are in effect starting Sept. 4.

The westbound California Zephyr will depart Chicago at 3:35 p.m., one hour and 35 minutes later than the current schedule.

In Denver, the train will remain in the station for four hours and 30 minutes, departing at 12:35 p.m. It will arrive in Emeryville, California, at 8:40 p.m.

These schedule changes affect westbound Train 5 that departs Chicago from Sept. 4 through Sept. 14, and Sept. 23 through Sept. 29, arriving in Emeryville two days later.

The eastbound California Zephyr will depart Emeryville at 10:40 a.m., one hour and 30 minutes later than the normal schedule.

At Grand Junction, Colorado, No. 6 will remain in the station until departing at 12:30 p.m., two hours and seven minutes later than the normal departure time.

The train will depart all remaining station according to the later schedule through its arrival in Chicago at 4:57 p.m.

This schedule change affects trains that depart Emeryville from Sept. 4 through Sept. 14, and Sept. 23 through Sept. 29, arriving in Chicago two days later.

 

Cal. Zephyr Expected to Detour in Wyoming

August 29, 2017

Amtrak’s California Zephyr is expected to detour through Wyoming in September and October due to Union Pacific track work on its regular route in Colorado.

Trains magazine reported Monday that it has learned that Nos. 5 and 6 will have a modified schedule starting Sept. 4.

After 11 days, the California Zephyr will detour for eight days, resume its modified schedule for seven days and finish with eight more days of operating through Wyoming.

Trains departing Chicago between Sept. 6-16, and Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 will operate at least 4.5 hours later than the published schedule west of Denver.

Trains departing Emeryville, California, Sept. 4-12 and Sept. 23-29 will leave 1.5 hours later than the published schedule.

The detour route via Wyoming is shorter than the Zephyr’s regular route and the train might have additional layover time in Denver eastbound and Salt Lake City westbound.

The temporary route will pass through Fort Collins, Colorado, and the Wyoming cities of Laramie, Rawlins, and Evanston.

Station Agent Removed at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

July 19, 2017

Amtrak removed it ticket agent from the station in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, earlier this year.

The station, which is served by the Chicago-Emeryville California Zephyr, will have a caretaker who will be available at the station an hour before and after train arrivals and departures to answer questions about Amtrak service.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said passengers will continue to have access to the station waiting area one hour before all train arrivals and one hour after train departure.

Amtrak personnel on the train will assist customers in boarding and detraining. They also will provide trainside checked baggage and bike service.

Baggage tags are available inside the station. Customers will check and retrieve their baggage and bikes with an employee at the baggage car.

The closest station to Mount Pleasant that still has an agent is 60 miles to the southeast in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Amtrak Passenger’s Death Remains Mystery

May 31, 2017

Colorado authorities are still searching for the cause of death of a woman who was found unconscious aboard an Amtrak train in Denver last September.

That has frustrated Denver Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Caruso, who said, “We sort of feel like we failed. The autopsy for us is the deceased person trying to tell us their story. How’d they end up in our suite?”

What is known is that the deceased is 28-year-old Marina Placencia, of Racine, Wisconsin.

Her death was being investigated by Denver police because Placencia had suffered blunt force trauma injuries.

An autopsy found 35 instances of injuries, including a large number of contusions, bruises, 10 broken ribs and bleeding in her stomach.

Police said Placencia had suffered physical abuse from a boyfriend in Wisconsin.

Witnesses and available public records showed that Placencia bought an Amtrak ticket and traveled from Milwaukee to Denver, changing trains in Chicago.

Tickets show Placencia and her four children were with her on California Zephyr.

A passenger who was not identified in a Denver Post story said that she boarded No. 5 in Holdrege, Nebraska, and didn’t hear any disturbances.

However, as the train approached the Denver station, “over the speaker, I heard somebody saying, ‘Is there a doctor?’” she said.

“I saw her [Placencia] in the aisle on the floor. Nobody was around her. I assumed she had already passed away,”

Paramedics tried to resuscitate Placencia before police arrived.

“They said they were waiting for the detectives and make sure nobody had killed her on the train. Their words not my words. They just wanted to make sure. Have an investigation,” the passenger said.

Caruso told the Post that he has continued to question the case even after the “undetermined” ruling was made of the death.

“There’s all kinds of red flags in the history here,” Caruso said. “We knew that going in. We’d like nothing more than to come up with another manner of death in this case.”

Caruso said he supported the cause of death as unknown because none of the bruises, contusions or broken bones were likely fatal.

However, he didn’t rule out further investigation as new facts become available.

“If new information comes about, I am certainly willing to change my opinion,” Caruso said.

UP Derailment Led to Ski Train Cancellation

March 14, 2017

A Union Pacific derailment resulted in cancellation of the Winter Park Express between Denver and Winter Park, Colorado, last Saturday.

Passengers who had tickets for the March 11 ski train were offered the opportunity to rebook on another ski train, which has two more weekends to operate.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told Trains magazine that about 500 seats had been sold for the trip that was canceled.

The westbound California Zephyr was held for more than four hours at Denver before it was permitted to proceed. It lost another two hours waiting for the tracks to be cleared at the derailment site.

The derailment did not materially affect the eastbound California Zephyr on Saturday. The ski train operated as scheduled on Sunday.

News reports indicate that 10 empty freight cars on a UP train derailed on a curve on the Moffat Subdivision.

Colfax Thruway Bus Stop Moved

February 28, 2017

The Amtrak Thruway bus stop in Colfax, California, is being moved a half block east across the Union Pacific tracks from the Amtrak station to Roy Tom’s Plaza 33 on Grass Valley Street.

Amtrak 4In a service advisory, Amtrak said the temporary change is due to road restrictions preventing buses from accessing the station.

Amtrak trains will continue to stop at the Colfax train station on Railroad Street.

Serving Colfax are the Chicago-Emeryville California Zephyr, and some Capitol Corridor trains.

 

Renovated Sacramento Station Reopens

February 26, 2017

A renovated Sacramento, California, Amtrak station has opened. One goal of the $34 million dollar project was to create within the former Southern Pacific station a celebration of Sacramento’’ past and its future.

Amtrak 4This includes a mural depicting the 1863 groundbreaking of the station as a terminus of the transcontinental railroad.

Some of the station has been devoted to commercial use, including a digital video lab created by the McClatchy Newspapers, publisher of the Sacramento Bee.

Amtrak’s California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin trains use the station, which is connected to the Sacramento’s light rail system.

Amtrak said that in 2015 Sacramento was its seventh busiest station in the country.

CZ Resumes Operating Length of its Route

February 24, 2017

The northern California avalanche threat has subsided so Amtrak’s California Zephyr is back to operating the full length of its route between Chicago and Emeryville, California.

Nos. 5 and 6 had ceased operating early this week west of Reno due to the threat of avalanches on Donner Pass. No. 6 departed Emeryville on Thursday 3.5 hours late. No. 5 was running late as well.

CZ Still Suspended West of Reno

February 24, 2017

Amtrak has again suspended operation of its California Zephyr over a portion of its route due to avalanche threats in Northern California.

amtrak-california-zephyrNos. 5 and 6 are temporarily suspended between Reno, Nevada, and Emeryville, California, due to Union Pacific suspending operating on its Donner Pass line between Colfax and Truckee.

Westbound trains will terminate in Reno while eastbounds will originate there. Service remains unchanged between Chicago and Reno.

Some passengers will be transported by bus between Reno and Emeryville.

Route closures had forced UP to focus traffic on its Donner Pass route and led Amtrak to cancel operation of the California Zephyr west of Salt Lake City for more than a week and half.