Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak’s City of New Orleans’

Fire Damages Mississippi Amtrak Station

June 2, 2021

A former Illinois Central Railroad Station in Mississippi that is still used by Amtrak was damaged by fire this week.

The fire in the station in McComb occurred in the north end of the depot where a local history museum has its offices and archives.

News reports indicated the station, which was built in 1901, was on fire when the southbound City of New Orleans arrived for its station stop.

McComb fire chief Gary McKenzie estimated 90 percent of the museum’s artifacts were located in the building’s south end and could be saved. McKenzie expressed confidence that the depot’s basic structure could be salvaged.

The station had been renovated in 1998 and has housed a museum since 2001.

CONO To Operate Later NB Due to CN Track Work

March 19, 2021

Canadian National track work will disrupt the operations of the northbound City of New Orleans between March 17 and May 12.

No. 58 will operate as Train 1058 and depart New Orleans on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:45 p.m. 60 minutes later than normal.

It will operate on this later schedule at all stations from New Orleans to McComb, Mississippi, where it will hold until 4:42 p.m., 70 minutes later than normal and operate on a later schedule at all stations between McComb and Jackson, Mississippi.

It will then hold at Jackson until 7:14 p.m., 90 minutes later than normal and operate on a later schedule at all stations from Jackson to Chicago.

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

Amtrak Long-Distance Trains to Resume Daily Service

March 11, 2021

Amtrak said Wednesday it will reinstate daily service on 12 long-distance routes starting in late May.

Trains on those routes shifted last year to tri-weekly or quad-weekly service in the wake of steep ridership declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement of expanded service came hours after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a pandemic relief package that contains increased funding for Amtrak.

The legislation also contains a mandate that routes that had daily service until last year resume daily operation and that furloughed employees be recalled.

President Joseph Biden is expected to sign the $1.9 trillion bill on Friday.

Two routes, the Chicago-New York Cardinal and New Orleans-Los Angeles Sunset Limited will be unaffected by the changes because those routes have operated on tri-weekly schedules for years.

Amtrak has already resumed selling tickets for the expanded days of operation on the 12 routes.

Trains returning to daily service on May 24 include the Chicago-Emeryville, California, California Zephyr; Seattle-Los Angeles Coast Starlight; Chicago-Portland/Seattle Empire Builder, and the Chicago-San Antonio-Los Angeles Texas Eagle.

Daily operation returns May 31 for the Chicago-Washington Capitol Limited; Chicago-New Orleans City of New Orleans, Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited, and the Chicago-Los Angeles Southwest Chief.

Resuming daily operation on June 7 will be the New York-New Orleans Crescent, New York-Savannah Palmetto, and the New York-Miami Silver Meteor (via Savannah) and Silver Star (via Raleigh).

In a news release, Amtrak said new Viewliner II sleeping cars will be making their debut on the Silver Service trains.

The Auto Train had continued to operate daily and its operations will remain unchanged.

Amtrak will receive $1.7 billion in emergency pandemic aid, which will help fund restoration of daily service on long-distance routes.

Out of the Fog

March 2, 2021

Last Saturday’s weather forecast called for high temperatures in the 50s and mostly sunny skies so I ventured over to east central Illinois for my first railfan foray of 2021.

The day began, though, in heavy fog caused by a temperature inversion. When I arrived in Rantoul, Illinois, the temperatures were in the low 30s.

Those conditions wouldn’t last long, but while they did I was able to get this image of Amtrak’s northbound City of New Orleans cutting through the fog at the Rantoul station.

Although this is an Amtrak stop, the City is not scheduled to stop here. The train was operating as No. 1158 on a schedule 90 minutes than usual.

That was due to track work by host railroad Canadian Pacific in the South that has the northbound CONO running later than normal two days a week.

Waiting to Highball Memphis

February 9, 2021

Amtrak P42DC No. 60 is on the point tonight as the northbound City of New Orleans does its station work in Memphis.

This is a crew change point so a new locomotive engineer will board here to take Train 58 to Carbondale, Illinois, where another engineer will board for the final leg into Chicago.

The station here was built by the Illinois Central and was once known as Grand Central Station.

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.

3 Amtrak Stations Now Staffed

December 16, 2020

Customer service representatives have now been assigned to the Amtrak stations in Hammond, Louisiana, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Meridian, Mississippi.

In a service advisory Amtrak said the staff will assist passengers in booking and boarding trains.

Tickets must be purchased using a credit card, debit card or Amtrak gift card. The passenger carrier is not accepting cash for ticket purchases.

The service advisory said the station waiting room will be open for passengers at all train times.

Hammond is served by the Chicago-New Orleans City of New Orleans while Meridian and Tuscaloosa are served by the New York-New Orleans Crescent.

Zeta Prompts Service Cancellations to New Orleans

October 28, 2020

Amtrak has canceled all service to New Orleans due to Tropical Storm Zeta with no alternative transportation being provided.

Affected are the Sunset Limited, Crescent and City of New Orleans.

The Sunset Limited will operate only between Los Angeles and San Antonio, a move that began with the train that departed Los Angeles on Tuesday (Oct. 27).

Train No. 2 will originate in San Antonio on Thursday (Oct. 29).

The Crescent will operate between New York and Atlanta starting with the train that originated in New York on Tuesday.

The next train from Atlanta to New York was to depart on Thursday.

The City of New Orleans has been canceled for the length of its route.

Amtrak said alternative service is being provided between Chicago and Carbondale, Illinois, by the northbound Saluki and southbound Illini.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said passengers whose travel has been disrupted should contact it at 800-USA-RAIL.There will be no change or cancellation fees imposed.

Hurricane Delta Leads to Amtrak Service Cancellations to and from New Orleans

October 10, 2020

Amtrak has canceled service due to Hurricane Delta, which made landfall on the Louisiana coast on Saturday morning and is expected to affect New Orleans.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the Sunset Limited that left Los Angeles on Friday will terminate in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday.

The westbound Sunset Limited will originate in San Antonio on Oct. 13 and operate to Los Angeles as scheduled.

No substitute transportation is available between New Orleans and San Antonio.

The Crescent that left New York on Oct. 9 will terminate today in Atlanta with no substitute service being offered between there and New Orleans.

The northbound Crescent will originate in Atlanta through Sunday.

The City of New Orleans was canceled on Friday and Saturday with no substitute service south of Carbondale, Illinois.

Passengers planning to ride Nos. 58 and 59 between Chicago and Carbondale were being accommodated on the northbound Saluki or southbound Illini.

Hurricane Sally Disrupts New Orleans Service

September 15, 2020

Amtrak has canceled service to New Orleans due to Hurricane Sally, with no alternate transportation being provided.

The northbound City of New Orleans that was to depart New Orleans today (Sept. 15) has been canceled.

The southbound Crescent is terminating in Atlanta through today will originate there through Sept. 16.

The eastbound Sunset Limited will terminate in San Antonio today and originate there today as well.