Amtrak long term service cancellations and restorations (2022)

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Michigan Mom

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According to a post on Trainorders and as reflected by the reservation system, Wolverine trains 350 and 355 have been canceled August 29th-September 16th due to a shortage of equipment. This is the first train out of Chicagos and the last train into Chicago.
so that's what's going on.. I was looking to do a quick Chicago RT and the cancellations were already showing on the app, as of Friday. Oh well. It was a frivolous thought anyway. :-/
 

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"manpower and equipment shortage" - perhaps they have the trains temporarily out of service for some extended maintenance?
 

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Wonder what the reasons are for the reductions in MI services.. At least it's only for a few weeks.
"manpower" and "equipment" are obviously vague and non-descriptive terms.
 

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Wonder what the reasons are for the reductions in MI services.. At least it's only for a few weeks.
"manpower" and "equipment" are obviously vague and non-descriptive terms.
We all know about the "Manpower"Shortages,but all of a sudden even the Single Level Short Haul Trains seem be Cancelled due to "" Equipmemt Shortages".

Yet Amtrak is using Cars for Axle Count Cars on Midwestern Routes, and taking Sleepers,Coaches, Bag Cars and Diners off More and more LD Trains.

Wonder where these Cars are going, Down the Rabbitt Hole with Alice???
 

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We all know about the "Manpower"Shortages,but all of a sudden even the Single Level Short Haul Trains seem be Cancelled due to "" Equipmemt Shortages".

Yet Amtrak is using Cars for Axle Count Cars on Midwestern Routes, and taking Sleepers,Coaches, Bag Cars and Diners off More and more LD Trains.

Wonder where these Cars are going, Down the Rabbitt Hole with Alice???
Chicago shops apparently do not have enough mechanical folks to carry out PM and other repairs to reliably field operable cars to equip all the scheduled trains. So they are fielding only the number of trains that can be equipped with legally operable cars. At least that is my vague understanding of the situation in the Midwest.
 
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On the website booking page, the Vermonter on Friday says cancelled, and 147 on Saturday says cancelled.

I am supposed to take 147 on Saturday and have my ticket.

Does anyone know what’s going on? Thanks.
 
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I'd call Patty, somethings going on for the Weekend in the NE!!!???

Thanks, Jim. 😊

The person I’m traveling with is calling (he’s better on the phone than I am).

But I thought I would post here as well, just in case someone here had run into this and knows what’s happening.
 

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On the website booking page, the Vermonter on Friday says cancelled, and 147 on Saturday says cancelled.

I am supposed to take 147 on Saturday and have my ticket.

Does anyone know what’s going on? Thanks.
Track work that has been going on since July

From the Vermonter FB group page
On Sep 9-11, 2022, Amtrak will run buses (St Albans, VT, - New Haven, CT) for Vermonter. No service: Randolph, Windsor, Claremont.
 

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Thanks, Jim. 😊

The person I’m traveling with is calling (he’s better on the phone than I am).

But I thought I would post here as well, just in case someone here had run into this and knows what’s happening.
As usual, AUers have the answer! A Bustitution due to Track Work, yall will have to decide if it's worthwhile, doesn't sound like it's too far a trip.( Dave and I have done several Bustitutions on our Train Travels together!)
 
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Track work that has been going on since July

From the Vermonter FB group page

Thanks, Betty. I forgot all about that. Shows how much I’ve been out lately.

And my friend found out from calling Amtrak that 147 is cancelled between SPG and NHV Saturday, but will be fine where I’m boarding.

He is not going to be traveling that stretch, and I won’t be either this trip—going south instead of north.

My cousins in central CT will just have to wait for a visit!😊

As usual, AUers have the answer! A Bustitution due to Track Work, yall will have to decide if it's worthwhile, doesn't sound like it's too far a trip.( Dave and I have done several Bustitutions on our Train Travels together!)

Thanks, Jim. Looks like 147 will be fine from where I’m boarding at TRE. Going to ALX this trip, so won’t run into the Hartford line at all.
 
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They are doing track work on the New Haven Springfield line this weekend. You’ll get a bus substitution north of New Haven. It’s the last phase of work that’s been ongoing recently and requiring some bus substitutions during the week. For the last piece of work they need to shut down for the weekend.

I got merged over here so missed you in my “thank you”s. So a belated thank you now.😊

Looking forward to coming up to central CT again —perhaps in the spring—it’s been more than two years since I’ve seen my CT cousins—and will be interested to see what they’ve done along the line.
 
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So earlier messages said the Wolverine 350 would be cancelled until the 16th, and resume the 17th. I was hoping to visit some family in Michigan and tried to book the 350 on the 17th. Both on the desktop website and the app, it’s still not showing up. I tried some dates later the next week, but same thing. Has the cancellation been extended?
 

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Looks like several more illinois and michigan trains will be cancelled out of Chicago in the coming months according to reports due to an equipment shortage.

If accurate the reports are:
391/392 until at least Dec. 4th.
-350/355 until at least Oct. 23rd.
-305/300 Sep. 17th until Oct. 23rd.
-311/316 Oct. 24th until Nov. 17th.

Meanwhile I have been on the northeast corridor recently and many trains have 9 car sets even when not busy. But my main concern is Amtrak does not seem to feel compelled to release any detailed reasons or updates as to why new or old cars are out of service and no timeframes when they will be in service. Other than vague reasons of employee and equipment shortage. Not that things were perfect way back when but I can't imagine these non-answers and so little real accountabilty being acceptable to the public or congress before the social media age.
 
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The one “good” thing about 391/392 being cancelled is it frees up a ton of Superliners to plug gaps in other consists.
 

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Yeah, I missed the phone call about my 300 being cancelled while I was at work today. They didn’t leave a message (my inbox is probably full), but I found the corresponding email. Biz is sold out on 302, so really don’t want to do that. The shuttle to CDL for CONO connections isn’t an option, either. Much as I hate phones, wonder how much pressure I’d have to apply to maybe get the last room on 22? :p (I know it isn’t gonna happen, but I can pretend. Reminder, I am a wuss when it comes to anything I perceive as “confrontation”, even when when most people don’t see it as such).
 

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Much as I hate phones, wonder how much pressure I’d have to apply to maybe get the last room on 22? :p (I know it isn’t gonna happen, but I can pretend. Reminder, I am a wuss when it comes to anything I perceive as “confrontation”, even when when most people don’t see it as such).
Maybe trying to solve this over Twitter would be easier than calling?
 
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