Amtrak Updates August 2017

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Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby Burb8145 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:12 am

Starting this thread off with listings as of this post from the official website tracker of Amtrak trains currently within this forum's main coverage area.

MICHIGAN:
353 is departing Troy heading south on the CN Holly Subdivision.
350 and 365 are northeast and southwest of Lawton along the Amtrak Michigan Line respectively.

INDIANA:
351 has just gone onto the NS Chicago Line in Porter.
49 is following behind just a few miles to the east between Otis and Chesterton.

ILLINOIS:
332 and 29 have just arrived at Chicago Union Station.
306 is about to arrive at Chicago Union Station.
355 (?!) is also about to arrive at Chicago Union Station.
51 is between Dolton and South Holland on the old Monon.
390 has just departed Homewood heading north on CN's ex-IC mainline.
380 is about to arrive at LaGrange heading east on the BNSF Racetrack.
303 is heading southwest between Summit and Willow Springs on the former GM&O mainline.
300 is about to pass through Godley.
381 is passing through Kewanee further west on the Racetrack.
391 is between Loda and Paxton further south on the ex-IC.
301 and 302 are about to pass each other north of Williamsville further south on the ex-GM&O.
22 is about to arrive at Springfield.
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby twropr » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:07 pm

Does anyone know why ITCS was taken out of service over the Michigan Line last week?
Also does anyone know why there are still slow orders (I think they started in April or May) west of Kalamazoo that are delaying trains 10-15 minutes?
With the slow orders and ITCS down, it is taking #351 over 90 minutes to get from K'zoo to Porter - at track speed with ITCS operational the running time is 64 minutes.
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:13 pm

twropr wrote:Does anyone know why ITCS was taken out of service over the Michigan Line last week?
Also does anyone know why there are still slow orders (I think they started in April or May) west of Kalamazoo that are delaying trains 10-15 minutes?
With the slow orders and ITCS down, it is taking #351 over 90 minutes to get from K'zoo to Porter - at track speed with ITCS operational the running time is 64 minutes.
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby Burb8145 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:50 am

From the tracker.

MICHIGAN:
365 is on a six-minute delay approaching Shaftsburg.
351 is on time crossing I-69 west of Marshall along the Michigan Line.
371 is on a one-minute delay approaching Sawyer.

ILLINOIS:
350 is on time about to cross over 79th Street and Stony Island Avenue on Chicago's south side.

INDIANA:
29 is on a 35-minute delay just west of Olive.
51 is on a 27-minute delay approaching Monon.

OHIO:
49 is on a one-hour, 40-minute delay between Wauseon and Pettisville.
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby Burb8145 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:28 am

MICHIGAN:
365 is between Ainger and Bellevue on time.
351 has just left Battle Creek station 15 minutes late.

INDIANA:
371 is approaching Burns Harbor.
350 is approaching Michigan City.
851 is currently passing through Lowell.
29 has stopped at Waterloo two hours and 48 minutes late.

OHIO:
49 is approaching Stryker on a two-hour, 17-minute delay.
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby bctrainfan » Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:37 am

Amtrak train just arrived in Battle Creek and had crew change, continuing east now. I was told it is a "test" train, but not what its testing! :lol: AMTK 519 with 4 coaches with AMTK 518 on the tail.
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby Saturnalia » Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:18 pm

NS Grain Train just arrived in Decatur, will work on putting it away now before 354.
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby twropr » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:01 am

bctrainfan wrote:Amtrak train just arrived in Battle Creek and had crew change, continuing east now. I was told it is a "test" train, but not what its testing! :lol: AMTK 519 with 4 coaches with AMTK 518 on the tail.


Understand this equipment was sent to run over track that had recently been surfaced to compress the ballast - otherwise the revenue trains would have slow orders until the ballast settles. Does anyone know where the surfacing took place?
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby Saturnalia » Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:49 am

twropr wrote:
bctrainfan wrote:Amtrak train just arrived in Battle Creek and had crew change, continuing east now. I was told it is a "test" train, but not what its testing! :lol: AMTK 519 with 4 coaches with AMTK 518 on the tail.


Understand this equipment was sent to run over track that had recently been surfaced to compress the ballast - otherwise the revenue trains would have slow orders until the ballast settles. Does anyone know where the surfacing took place?
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Based on the fact that they've got passenger coaches, they may also be testing ITCS. They'd want more weight per car if they were trying to run tonnage
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby PerRock » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:46 pm

MiRailProductions wrote:
twropr wrote:Does anyone know why ITCS was taken out of service over the Michigan Line last week?
Also does anyone know why there are still slow orders (I think they started in April or May) west of Kalamazoo that are delaying trains 10-15 minutes?
With the slow orders and ITCS down, it is taking #351 over 90 minutes to get from K'zoo to Porter - at track speed with ITCS operational the running time is 64 minutes.
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From another forum, apparently it was a software problem. Don't know much more about it, the "leaker" was pretty tight-lipped.

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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby Burb8145 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:08 pm

I've decided to post reports from the tracker again today.

350 is 35 minutes late at Royal Oak, MI.
353 is 11 minutes late at Decatur, MI.
352 is one minute late at Michigan City, IN.
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby Saturnalia » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:19 pm

NS Grain train should have left or will leave Decatur shortly. 352 and 353 are going to meet at Three oaks, so the farthest west the grain train could be for 352 is Niles.
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby KenB » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:40 pm

Which way is NS grain train going?
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby Saturnalia » Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:28 pm

KenB wrote:Which way is NS grain train going?

Back to Chicago

Pretty sure they're not by Three Oaks yet. I think they were held in Decatur for 352 and 353.
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby Burb8145 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:31 pm

353 was at Greenfield Village at 11:37 AM.

Consist was P42DC 28, Amfleet I coach 82546, Amfleet I coach 82542, Amfleet I coach 82548 (ILHSR logo), another Amfleet I coach, Amfleet I coach 82508, Horizon coach 54539 and Amfleet I cafe 48179.
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby PerRock » Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:31 am

There was a train stored at the New Center/Artrain track last night. I didn't get a good look at it, but noted an B32-8WH and an Amfleet.

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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:23 pm

I heard horns on the West Side of Ann Arbor at 2115, going westbound. It could be the Dash 8 with the Amfleet, since 354 isn't even in the area and 355 went through on time.
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby PerRock » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:10 am

Detoured past the New Center on my way into work today. From what I could tell:

Dash 8 #518/6 (brains a little fuzzy, had some other things to do before I could get online)
2 amfleet coaches
2 horizon coaches

I couldn't see if anything else was on the far end as the New Center was blocking my view.

According to TO, they're testing some Dash 8s for ITCS out in the Kalamazoo/Indiana area this week. The consist here sounds like the same one, but it seems odd that they'd park it way out here instead of in Niles.

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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby KenB » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:40 am

I assume that is New Center in Detroit, MI? Which way were they going?
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Re: Amtrak Updates August 2017

Unread postby blueheron13 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:20 pm

KenB wrote:I assume that is New Center in Detroit, MI? Which way were they going?


I think it's this Ann Arbor place?
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