Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak’s Texas Eagle’

Track Work to Send Texas Eagle Detouring

August 3, 2021

Track work being performed by host railroad Union Pacific will disrupt operations of Amtrak’s Texas Eagle on Aug. 8.

Trains 22/422 will detour in Texas between Big Sandy and Texarkana. Passengers who would have boarded Train 22 at Longview and Marshall will ride Amtrak Thruway Bus 6122 to Mineola, where they will board Train 22/422.

Passengers scheduled to connect with the train in Longview from Bus 6022, will make their connection in Mineola.

Those scheduled to make the normal connection to Thruway Service at Longview will also connect at Mineola. Thruway Buses 6022 and 6422 will board at Mineola instead of Longview.

Passengers scheduled to disembark at Marshall will instead do so at Mineola and connect with Bus 6422 to Marshall.

Lounges to Remain Absent from 2 Trains

May 24, 2021

Sightseer Lounge cars won’t be returning to two long distance trains when they resume daily operation.

The Rail Passengers Association reported on its website that it has been told by Amtrak that the absence of the popular cars from the Capitol Limited and Texas Eagle is temporary.

“While temporary, we do not yet have a defined timeline for increasing Sightseer Lounge availability, and have placed the other five Western [long distance] routes at a higher priority for deploying these popular cars,” said Larry Chestler, Amtrak’s vice president of the Long-Distance business unit. “We also are maintaining the Sightseer Lounge on the City of New Orleans due to our long-standing axle count requirements in Illinois.”

That means the Capitol Limited and Texas Eagle will will continue to operate with a single food-service car.

Chestler said Amtrak has a shortage of the lounge cars due to coronavirus contingencies. He said the cars will be restored once it’s possible to do so.

The Capitol Limited is scheduled to return to daily operation on May 31 while the Texas Eagle will resume daily operation today (May 24).

In a related development, Amtrak expects to resume full-service dining aboard Western long distance trains as early as June. Last May it switched to the contemporary dining model as a response to COVID-19 pandemic.

The passenger carrier is recalling furloughed workers and getting them qualified.

RPA said it was told that once traditional dining returns to the Western trains, Amtrak will begin work on “improvements to dining services on other [long-distance] routes, including the Eagle.”

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An Eagle and a Commuter

May 21, 2021

Appearances to the contrary, the train the left is not an Amtrak train. It is a Trinity Railway Express commuter train using leased Amtrak equipment.

That included a pair of F40PH locomotives and two Horizon Fleet coaches.

On the next track over the Texas Eagle is making its daily stop at the Dallas Union Terminal. Note that the Eagle has a new P40 on the point and a veteran F40PH trailing.

When this image was made on March 4, 1997, such mixed motive power consists were not unusual and would continue through the late 1990s until the P42 fleet began arriving.

UP Derailment Hindered Amtrak Service

February 18, 2021

A Union Pacific derailment last Saturday hindered Amtrak service in Normal, Illinois, leading to the cancellation of some Lincoln Service trains.

UP derailed 16 cars of an intermodal train, the ZG4MQ-13, damaging the track and blocking several grade crossings.

Lincoln Service Train 300 terminated at Springfield, Illinois, and Trains 303, 306, and 307 were canceled.

The northbound Texas Eagle detoured between St. Louis and Chicago, missing seven intermediate stops.

Passengers traveling between St. Louis and Chicago were offered alternative transportation.

Further complications occurred a few days later when fire broke out during the wreck site cleanup process.

Authorities said the fire was caused by refrigeration units on some of the containers being hauled by the intermodal train that derailed.

The fire damaged the vinyl siding of an adjacent apartment building.

The derailment of the southbound train came within 25 feet of an Illinois State University student housing building.

One track was reopened to rail traffic on Sunday, but Amtrak cancelled two Lincoln Service trains and shorted the route of another.

UP and Federal Railroad Administration officials were conducting an investigation into the cause of the derailment.

Heading Out of Big D

December 1, 2020

An Amtrak conductor waits to throw a switch as Amtrak’s Texas Eagle leaves Dallas Union Station.

The conductor will reboard the train after the switch is lined back to it normal position.

The image was made on March 5, 1997. At the time P40 locomotives were fairly new and some F40PH locomotives could still be found in motive power consists.

Thanksgiving Travel Relatively Quiet at Amtrak

December 1, 2020

The Thanksgiving 2020 travel period was a relatively quiet one for Amtrak.

In the past the intercity carrier has leased equipment from rail commuter agencies to offer additional service in the Northeast, added additional cars to long-distance trains, and operated extra sections on some Midwest Corridor routes out of Chicago.

But this year it was just business as usual with little additional capacity being added.

A report on the Trains magazine website indicated that the only extra trains added this year were a Boston-Washington Northeast Regional roundtrip and one Acela roundtrip between New York and Washington.

The COVID-19 pandemic depressed holiday travel this year although airlines reported their highest single day loads since the pandemic began in earnest last March.

The Trains report said few trains were sold out this year although some sellouts occurred on corridor and long-distance trains on certain days.

Due to the pandemic Amtrak is limiting coach class travel to 50 percent of capacity.

Amtrak has since October operated nearly all of its long-distance trains three days a week.

That meant that some trains did not operate on days that would ordinarily have a seen a high demand for travel.

On Sunday, which airlines say is historically the busiest travel day of the year, Amtrak had just one long-distance train, the Texas Eagle, departing from Chicago.

Some long-distance trains did experience sell outs, including the Chicago-Washington Capitol Limited.

Nos. 29 and 30 in recent months has been operating with just four cars, two coaches, a sleeper and a food service car.

But No. 30 departing Chicago on Saturday (Nov. 28) and Monday (Nov. 30) had no available seats available, the Trains report said.

The report said the Texas Eagle had no available coach seating between Chicago and St. Louis on Friday or Sunday in either direction.

The Trains report said space on many long-distance trains that experienced sell outs sold out weeks in advance of the Thanksgiving travel period.

However, Amtrak declined to add additional capacity to those trains.

With health officials seeking to discourage holiday travel, some long-distance trains experienced cancellations as the holiday period drew near, thus opening seats on the day of departure.

Lincoln Station Temporarily Closed

November 27, 2020

The station waiting room in Lincoln, Illinois, has been temporarily closed.

Amtrak did not say in a service advisory why the station  has closed or when it will reopen.

Passengers will continue to have access to boarding platforms for Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains.

Staffing Resumes at Texarkana Station

October 21, 2020

Amtrak has resumed staffing its station in Texarkana, Arkansas.

A service advisory said that a customer service representatives began helping passengers in making reservations and boarding the Texas Eagle.

The notice said additional staff is being recruited and Amtrak plans to soon have representatives for every arrival and departure of Trains 21 and 22.

The station waiting room is open for passengers at all train times with an Amtrak Quik-Trak kiosk available for ticketing and printing of boarding documents.

Passengers must use a credit card, reloadable credit or debit card, or Amtrak gift cards to pay for tickets as the carrier is not accepting cash for ticket purchases at this time.

Staffing Resumes at Marshall Station

October 16, 2020

Amtrak this week resumed staffing its station in Marshall, Texas.

A service advisory said that effective Oct. 12, a customer service representatives began helping passengers in making reservations and boarding the Texas Eagle.

The notice said additional staff is being recruited and Amtrak plans to soon have representatives for every arrival and departure of Trains 21 and 22.

The station waiting room is open for passengers at all train times with an Amtrak Quik-Trak kiosk available for ticketing and printing of boarding documents.

Passengers must use a credit card, reloadable credit or debit card, or Amtrak gift cards to pay for tickets as the carrier is not accepting cash for ticket purchases at this time.

Storms Continue to Disrupt Amtrak

August 27, 2020

Although Amtrak has restored operations of its City of New Orleans, it service suspensions continue for the Sunset Limited, Crescent and Texas Eagle in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

In a service advisory issued on Thursday (Aug. 27), Amtrak said it will continue the suspension of the Crescent and Sunset Limited to New Orleans for a few more days.

The intercity passenger carrier has also suspended service to Houston and Little Rock for additional days as well.

Nos. 58 and 59 will resume normal operation with the southbound departure of No. 59 from Chicago on Thursday and northbound No. 58 from New Orleans on Friday.

The Sunset Limited continues to operate only between Los Angeles and San Antonio.

Amtrak said Train 2 that is scheduled to leave Los Angeles on Friday will terminate in San Antonio.

Train No. 1 will originate on Sept. 1 in San Antonio. Related Amtrak Thruway Bus services in Texas is suspended through Friday.

No substitute transportation is being offered between San Antonio and New Orleans.

The Texas Eagle scheduled to depart Chicago on Thursday will terminate in  St. Louis. Train 22 will originate in St. Louis on Friday.

The Amtrak Thruway Bus services in Texas are suspended through Friday and no alternative transportation is being offered between St. Louis and San Antonio.

The Crescent continues to operate only between New York and Atlanta through Thursday and part of Friday.

No substitute transportation is being offered between Atlanta and New Orleans.