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AmtrakBlue

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Yesterday's #21/#421 from Chicago steadily lost time after Leaving St Louis and is now shown in a Service Disruption after arriving 9+ Hours Late into Dallas @ 9:30PM!!!

I can find no information as to why, and Amtrak Track a Train is showing " Unavailable" when I tried to find out if it made it to Fort Worth!

It's one of those LD Trains that's just Vanished!!!
 

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AmtrakBlue

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5(5) & 6(6) will be bussed between SLC & Green River

From FB last night
1000 ft of track and a portion of highway 6 is washed out and it’s not looking to be fixed till tomorrow afternoon at the soonest.
 

frequentflyer

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However, on the Forth Worth railcam (linked below) theres chatter about it being terminated in FTW with the rest of the route being served by bus. Probably right.



You can see the Texas Eagle sitting in FTW already turned to become 22. Waiting for buses from SAT. The TE is sitting further down the track to make room for Heartland Flyer when it arrives and so the Flyer can move to the holding track when finished unloading.
 
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comments are interesting as well almost all point to incompetence in management ranks.
 
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comments are interesting as well almost all point to incompetence in management ranks.
Do any of these commenters actually have the knowledge or experience to be so sure that its all "incompetence in management ranks?"

When things go wrong, it's natural to want to pin blame on someone. Sometimes things happen that are beyond anyone's control, like wildfires that cancel trains. I'm sure that management made some mistakes in dealing with stuff, but there's a difference between making mistakes and "incompetence." After all, these same managers were running the trains reasonably well for years prior to this summer. I don't think it's likely that someone beamed them with incompetence rays and all of a sudden turned them into clueless idiots.
 

MIrailfan

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(CZ) It seems to be the route with the most extremely late trains lately. Is there track work and/or weather happening on that route? Or the oldest equipment?
 

NSC1109

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Major derailment in Palermo, ND. Both mains blocked. #8 trapped at Wolf Point per TransitDocs. No estimated time to reopen. It was a stack train.
 

moosejunky99

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I remeber last year i was on a train.. it was running 2 hours late but the train hit by tree branch and broke a light bulb in a severe storm. So, they had to switch engines in the middle of that trip.
 

Eric in East County

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Last month, we had to reschedule our trip to Ohio when our confirmed Southwest Chief bedroom reservations were shot out from under us as a result of Amtrak replacing the second sleeper with a Trans-Dorm sleeper and then not being able to downgrade us because our SWC No. 4 train was sold out.

Ironically, we’d been scheduled to depart the day after the derailment of a SWC No. 4 train near Mendon, Missouri. As a result of that derailment, the on-time arrivals and departures of both east and westbound SWC trains were seriously impacted.

To satisfy our own curiosity, we tracked the OTP of the trains we were supposed to have been on to see how we would have made out. Here are the results:

The Pacific Surfliner No. 777 that we were supposed to have been on left San Diego on time at 12:01 p.m. and arrived at Los Angeles Union Station 4 minutes late.

SWC No. 4 left LAUS on time at 5:55 p.m. and arrived in Chicago two days later 3 hours and 6 minutes late, but still in enough time for us to have made connections with Capitol Limited No. 30, which departed on time and arrived in Toledo 52 minutes late.

For the return trip, our CL No. 29 train departed from Toledo at 6:15 a.m. (53 minutes late) and arrived in Chicago 59 minutes late.

SWC No. 3 departed Chicago on time at 2:50 p.m. Two days later, and largely due to “freight train interference” in Arizona and California, it arrived at LAUS 9 hours and 2 minutes late, but still allowing us 8 minutes to have made connections with southbound Pacific Surfliner 784 to San Diego. (Since we would have had all our luggage with us, we would probably have detrained from the SWC in Fullerton and made connections with No. 784 there.) No. 784 departed Fullerton at 5:33 p.m. and arrived at the Old Town Transit Center (which is closer to where our car would have been parked) at 7:52 p.m.

So, despite the derailment, the trains we were supposed to have been on performed about as well as we expected them to. If the trains we’ll be on when we make this trip in late September-early October perform as well, we’ll be satisfied.
 
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Stremba

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We also just took the SWC round trip from CHI-LAX shortly after the Mendon derailment. On 7/1 we departed almost 2 hrs late due to mechanical issues. The train had to stop twice in Illinois also for mechanical issues (presumably a recurrence of the one causing the delayed departure). We had to stop again at Ft Madison to allow the bridge to be closed (there was a boat passing under; unfortunately it was dark and almost bed time so I did not really get to see this). We then had an almost two hour stop in the middle of the night at KCY - was sleeping so not sure why. We then had signal issues in NM due to rain, and to top it off freight interference in CA between Needles and Barstow. After all that, we wound up arriving in LA at 4:30, about 8.5 hours late. Not complaining; I was just happy we weren’t booked on one of the cancelled trains.

Trip back was much smoother and we got to CHI “only” about two hours late, mostly due to freight traffic, but we did have a freight car on fire blocking a track in Winslow AZ. We had to pass the station and back into it on another track.
 

Eric in East County

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We also just took the SWC round trip from CHI-LAX shortly after the Mendon derailment. On 7/1 we departed almost 2 hrs late due to mechanical issues. The train had to stop twice in Illinois also for mechanical issues (presumably a recurrence of the one causing the delayed departure). We had to stop again at Ft Madison to allow the bridge to be closed (there was a boat passing under; unfortunately it was dark and almost bed time so I did not really get to see this). We then had an almost two hour stop in the middle of the night at KCY - was sleeping so not sure why. We then had signal issues in NM due to rain, and to top it off freight interference in CA between Needles and Barstow. After all that, we wound up arriving in LA at 4:30, about 8.5 hours late. Not complaining; I was just happy we weren’t booked on one of the cancelled trains.

Trip back was much smoother and we got to CHI “only” about two hours late, mostly due to freight traffic, but we did have a freight car on fire blocking a track in Winslow AZ. We had to pass the station and back into it on another track.
When heading west on Southwest Chief No. 3, we’re never too concerned when it’s running even as late as 7 or 8 hours. For one thing, we get to see scenery in western Arizona that we’d ordinarily miss because it’s usually dark when our SWC trains go passed it. Then too, we don’t have to worry about a tight connection in Los Angeles since southbound Pacific Surfliner trains to San Diego depart every 90 minutes or so well into the evening.

On our trip last year, No. 3 was running about 7 hours late when we finally reached California. Just before we arrived at Barstow, it was announced that lunch would be served to sleeping car passengers at 12 noon. Even though our choices were limited to burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches, receiving this extra meal gratis was very much appreciated.
 
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