Posts Tagged ‘California Zephyr detour’

Fires Disrupting California Zephyr in Colorado

August 15, 2020

Amtrak’s California Zephyr has been subjected to service disruptions and detours through Wyoming in recent days due to its normal route via Grand Junction, Colorado, being shut down by a fire.

News reports indicated that the Grizzly Creek Fire was threatening a bridge 9 miles east of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

The fire, which began on Monday, was reported to have been growing substantially on Thursday and had covered around 15,000 acres.

The fire has been burning on the east and northeast sides of Glenwood Canyo.

The fire has closed the former Denver & Rio Grande Western mainline as well as Interstate 70

Some runs of the Zephyr have been canceled during the past week.

Amtrak said No. 6 that was to depart Emeryville, California, on Saturday (Aug. 15) will is canceled and no alternative transportation is being provided.

No. 1105 that was to depart Chicago on Saturday was also canceled with no alternative transportation being provided.

Amtrak said on Twitter that No. 1105 that departed on Thursday has completed its detour and is operating 6 hours and 30 minutes late.

EB California Zephyr Detours After BNSF Derailment

November 14, 2019

Amtrak’s California Zephyr detoured between Chicago and Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday due to a derailment on its BNSF route in western Iowa.

The train operated on the former Chicago & North Western, a line now owned by Union Pacific.

BNSF said the derailment occurred near McPherson about 3:30 a.m.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the eastbound Zephyr passengers detoured on the UP route with passengers taken by bus to missed intermediate stops.

Westbound passengers were expected to ride the Southwest Chief to Galesburg, Illinois, where they would board chartered buses to travel across Iowa.

However, an online report said No. 5 departed Chicago at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Flooding Prompts CZ Detour

May 30, 2019

Flooding that affected the BNSF route used by Amtrak’s California Zephyr between Chicago and Omaha, Nebraska, had Nos. 5 and 6 detouring on Wednesday.

The trains used the former Chicago & North Western line now owned by Union Pacific.

Amtrak said No. 6 will also use the ex-CN&W on Thursday.

However, Amtrak is unsure what route that No. 5 departing Chicago today will be taking.


Omaha Being Served by Buses

April 5, 2019

Although the California Zephyr has resumed operating between Chicago and Denver, it is for now bypassing the Amtrak station in Omaha, Nebraska.

Amtrak posted a service advisory on Thursday that Nos. 5 and 6 are using a detour route in Nebraska between Ashland and Oreapolis.

The CZ’s regular route is closed due to BNSF construction on a bridge damaged by recent flooding.

The service advisory did not say how long the Zephyr will be detouring.

Amtrak said that bus/van service would be used to transport ticketed passengers the Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, Amtrak stations.

Passengers will be offered the option of re-booking with the alternate transportation or traveling to/from alternate stations Lincoln or Creston, Iowa.

Buses 4005 and 4105 will connect to Train 5 while Buses 4006 and 4106 will connect to Train 6.

Bus 4006 will depart Omaha 3 hours, 14 minutes earlier than the normal train schedule.

CZ Resumption Pushed Back to Thursday

April 3, 2019

Amtrak plans to restore the California Zephyr this week between Chicago and Denver, but passengers for Omaha, Nebraska, will be riding a bus for a while longer.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the first eastbound CZ to operate through to Chicago departed from Emeryville, California, on Tuesday (April 2).

The first westbound Zephyr to originate in Chicago will depart on Thursday (April 4).

Amtrak said rail service to Omaha remains suspended due to the regular BNSF route of Nos. 5 and 6 being closed. Amtrak trains are detouring within Omaha.

The Zephyr has been suspended over its normal route through Iowa for two weeks due to flooding. For a short time, it detoured over a Union Pacific route via Ames, Iowa.

The service advisory said charter buses will provide transportation for Omaha passengers. They will board or disembark from the train in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Amtrak had expected to resume normal service east of Denver on April 1, but Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said host railroad BNSF said the route was not yet ready.

No alternative transportation has been provided to CZ passengers traveling to or from points between Chicago and Denver during the service suspension.

CZ Only Operating Between Emeryville and Oakland

March 27, 2019

A service advisory posted on the Amtrak website last Friday indicates that the California Zephyr is only operating this week between Denver and the San Francisco Bay area.

The advisory said Train 6 originating between March 25 – 29 and Train 5 originating between March 27 – 31, will only operate between Oakland and Denver, with no alternate transportation provided for missed stops.

Last week the Zephyr had detoured via the former Chicago & North Western route now owned by Union Pacific between Chicago and Omaha, Nebraska.

The last train to leave Chicago was shown early today to be operating 9 hours late at Omaha.

The train’s regular route over BNSF through southern Iowa has been closed due to flooding in the western regions of the state.

CZ Detouring Due to Flooding in Iowa

March 22, 2019

Flooding along its regular route has led to the California Zephyr having to detour over the former Chicago & North Western mainline in Iowa.

The detour began on March 21 between Chicago and Omaha, Nebraska, on a route owned by Union Pacific.

The train’s normal route on BNSF between those two cities is closed due to flooding in western Iowa.

There is no alternative service being offered to the intermediate stations in Iowa of Burlington, Mount Pleasant, Ottumwa, Osceola and Creston.

It is unclear how long the detour will last. Amtrak has used this route in past years when the normal route was closed.

No stops are being made at intermediate cities between Chicago and Omaha.

UP crews are serving as pilots for the Amtrak trains and locomotives equipped with an automatic train control system are expected to be assigned to Nos. 5 and 6.

The Zephyr will be departing from the north side of Chicago Union Station and switching from Metra to UP tracks at Western Avenue.

Utah Wildfire Disrupts California Zephyr

September 17, 2018

A wildfire disrupted operations of Amtrak’s California Zephyr on Monday in Utah.

The fire temporarily closed Union Pacific’s former Denver & Rio Grande Western route east of Provo.

No. 5 that that left Chicago on Sept. 15 was halted at Grand Junction, Colorado, on late Sunday.

No. 6 that left Emeryville, California, on Sept. 16 was able to make it through the fire zone after the tracks briefly reopened, but railroad officials quickly closed them for safety reasons.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the CZ section that halted at Grand Junction later returned to Denver on Monday morning.

That equipment will remain in Denver and became No. 6 on Tuesday. The section that left  Emeryville on Monday will operate only as far east as Reno, Nevada.

The westbound Zephyr that departed Chicago on Sunday will take the Overland Route via the Borie Cutoff and operate via Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Ogden, Utah to Salt Lake City.

Passengers going to intermediate stops between Denver and Salt Lake City will be taken to their destination by bus.

Trains leaving Chicago on Monday and Emeryville on Tuesday will operate via the Overland detour if the normal route east of Provo remain closed.

“For the next few days, detours or service cancellations will affect Amtrak travel between Reno and Denver, including Salt Lake City. Customers can cancel and reschedule without penalties,” Magliari said.

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.

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.