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Parking Changes Made at Holdrege Station

April 15, 2021

Construction at the Amtrak station in Holdrege, Nebraska, has resulted in changes in parking.

Workers have completed rebuilding an interim accessible platform in Holdrege but passengers boarding trains there will need to park in the city parking lot north of the train station.

The lot can be accessed from 3rd Avenue with an entrance west of East Avenue. The lot is free and has no time limit.

Holdrege is served by Amtrak’s Chicago-San Francisco Bay California Zephyr.

Stations in Havre, Holdrege See Changes

October 30, 2020

Amtrak customer service representatives have begun staffing the station in Havre, Montana.

They will assist passengers in making reservations for travel on the Chicago-Seattle/Portland Empire Builder and with boarding and disembarking from trains.

The station waiting room will be open at all train times.

In a service advisory Amtrak reminded passengers that it is no longer accepting cash for ticket purchases.

Tickets can only be purchased with a credit card, reloadable credit or debit card, or Amtrak gift cards.

In other station news, work has been completed on building a new boarding platform in Holdrege, Nebraska, for the California Zephyr.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said parking arrangements at the station have changed.

Parking is now being provided the city parking lot north of the train station.

The lot can be reached from Third Avenue with an entrance west of East Avenue. The lot is free and has no time limit.

CZ to Resume Stopping at Holdrege

October 10, 2020

Amtrak has a new boarding facility in Holdrege, Nebraska, and the California Zephyr will resume stopping there after an absence of about three months.

Until July, Nos. 5 and 6 had stopped at the former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy station, which is now privately owned.

But Amtrak and the owner of the station were unable to reach an agreement on renovating the station facilities to comply with ADA accessibility standards.

Amtrak spent $2 million to create a new platform, lighting, shelter and parking lot about 63 yards to the east of the previous station.

The Burlington depot, which was built in 1910 has been converted to primarily office space.

Holdrege, located in western Nebraska, served 1,800 Amtrak passengers in 2019.

Service Suspended at Holdrege

June 23, 2020

Construction on the boarding platform at Holdrege, Nebraska, will result in a suspension of service to that station effective July 1.

Amtrak said in a service advisory the project involves building a new accessible platform.

The work is expected to take three months during which time there will be no public access to the station platform.

Holdrege is served by the California Zephyr and Amtrak has suggested that passengers travel to Hastings, Nebraska, approximately 60 minutes east, or McCook, Nebraska, approximately 75 minutes west, to board Nos. 5 and 6.

Man Competent to Stand Trial in Zephyr Incident

December 12, 2017

A court has found a man charged with pulling an emergency brake on Amtrak’s California Zephyr competent to stand trial.

Taylor Wilson, 25, faces trial on charges of using a weapon to commit a felony and criminal mischief.

He waived his right to a preliminary hearing, so his case is headed to trail in a Nebraska district court.

Wilson was said by police to be carrying a loaded revolver in his waistband and a speed loader in his pocket.

He allegedly activated the brakes as the train was preparing to stop in Holdrege, Nebraska.

Police said Wilson got into the trailing P42DC locomotive and pulled the brakes as the train passed through Furnas County.

Wilson was also said to have with him a box of ammunition a knife, tin snips, scissors, a ventilation mask and three more speed loaders.

Missouri Man Due in Court Monday in Connection With Stopping California Zephyr in Nebraska

October 27, 2017

A Missouri who got into the trailing locomotive of the eastbound California Zephyr last weekend faces a preliminary hearing on Monday in a Nebraska courtroom.

Taylor M. Wilson, 25, of St. Charles, Missouri, is due in court in Furnas County, Nebraska.

He is facing charges of possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, felony criminal mischief, and trespassing.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $25,000 and a judge has appointed a local attorney to represent Wilson.

Armed with a loaded Smith and Wesson .38 revolver, Wilson is alleged to have engaged an emergency brake, causing train No. 6 to stop.

Police said that when he was arrested, Wilson also had in his possession a speed loader in his pocket and two bags containing three speed loaders, a box of ammo for the revolver, a knife, tin snips, scissors and a ventilation mask.

No. 6 was nearing its scheduled station stop in Holdrege, Nebraska, when the incident occurred early on the morning of Oct. 21.

“We lunged forward in our seats and all the power went out, it went completely black in the train car and the emergency lighting came on which is just at your feet and it’s really sparse so we couldn’t see anything and we could smell something burning and I’m going to guess that was the brakes,” said passenger Bobbie Garris.

Garris said passengers sat in quiet darkness for over an hour. During that time, Amtrak staff rushed past toward the head end. They never explained what was happening.

Authorities are still unsure as to what Wilson’s plan was.

Amtrak released a statement saying, “The circumstances of the incident are under active criminal investigation at this time. Amtrak is working with law enforcement in Nebraska and will continue to cooperate fully in the investigation.”