OK – here is a completely irrational and downright nuts take - but I swear it's true and not a conspiracy theory!Both 5(25) and 6(25) are cancelled "Due to a high amount of locomotives needing maintenance work done at both Oakland and Chicago"
The San Francisco 49ers found out that I (IndyLions) am undefeated as a Lions fan attending Lions away games this year riding Amtrak. I was all scheduled to take the ultimately canceled Train #5 to the bay area to watch my Lions play the 49ers in the NFC championship.
The 49ers pulled some strings, and convinced Amtrak to cancel the train. Or, in an even more dastardly move – they put sugar in the fuel, and caused enough locomotive issues leading up to the 25th that they forced Amtrak's hand.
Of course, by now, you know the result. My Lions collapsed in the second half blowing a 24-7 lead, completely due to my mode of transport to the West Coast - which was a dreaded airplane.
So if you are traveling on the eastbound Zephyr today (29th), you may find a crestfallen Detroit Lions fan somewhere in the lounge or maybe the diner. That would be me.