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January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby Buster Manning » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:25 am

Daylight run on the east end of the Michigan Line for 354....sitting at CP-99, been waiting for another re-crew since
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby KenB » Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:27 pm

That must be why no 353. Since 350 is only down 20 min they should combine the trains.
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby NSSD70ACe » Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:36 pm

Buster Manning wrote:Daylight run on the east end of the Michigan Line for 354....sitting at CP-99, been waiting for another re-crew since
0735


What's up with 354?
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:53 pm

Buster Manning wrote:Daylight run on the east end of the Michigan Line for 354....sitting at CP-99, been waiting for another re-crew since
0735


Through the west side of Ann Arbor, 1153.
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:25 pm

Amtrak #350 EB through west side of Ann Arbor at 1316 running about 13 minutes late.
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby M.D.Bentley » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:12 pm

MiRailProductions wrote:
Buster Manning wrote:Daylight run on the east end of the Michigan Line for 354....sitting at CP-99, been waiting for another re-crew since
0735


Through the west side of Ann Arbor, 1153.

News reporting that riders were given Micky Ds for being stuck on the train :-)
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby ns8401 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:15 pm

M.D.Bentley wrote:
MiRailProductions wrote:
Buster Manning wrote:Daylight run on the east end of the Michigan Line for 354....sitting at CP-99, been waiting for another re-crew since
0735


Through the west side of Ann Arbor, 1153.

News reporting that riders were given Micky Ds for being stuck on the train :-)

Sounds like the hours of service got goofed up somewhere. They could have been stuck in Detroit for 23 hours on Greyhound with no buses, no drivers, broken equipment and more which is what happened on Tuesday... it could be worse.
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:38 pm

Bit of a late report, but Amtrak 353 was WB through the west side of Ann Arbor at 1709, just over 4 hours and 45 minutes late.
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:14 pm

The lateness parade continues, however not as severe this time. Amtrak 352 EB past the west side of Ann Arbor at 1951, about 1 hour and 45 minutes late.
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:37 pm

Amtrak 355, WB on the west side of Ann Arbor at 1935 with an excellent hornshow for someone, don't know who, can't see from my house. 352 is an hour and 30 minutes late, and is being held at Chelsea for 355 to pass.
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:18 am

364 just arrived in East Lansing, 3 plus hours late.
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby ConrailDetr​oit » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:52 am

The California Zephyr, Blue Water, Lincoln Service, and a number of other trains all departed Chicago at least 2.5 hours late. The Pere Marquette departed on time.

354 departed Chicago at 8.00pm Central Time (2 Hours Late) using the trainset from 353. The train started boarding at 6.45pm but did not depart for another hour "due to an issue" and getting all passengers onto the train as it was completely full and sold out. Had to reverse out of Union Station to wye the train on the way out. Arrived in Detroit at 2.45am over 2.5 hours late. Any ride is good when you sleep the entire way. :D
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby blueheron13 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:16 pm

AMTK 350, engine 36, just used the Wye at the north end of Pontiac Yard to spin around. Went back south from CP Auburn at about 17:10.
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby 9xs » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:58 am

Amtrak 932 work train with 519 and 518 headed towrd the Michigan line at 11:00 AM ET
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby twropr » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:44 pm

Since the cold weather, have any of the WOLVERINES, BLUE WATER or PERE MARQUETTE trains been operating with Superliners?
Have there been Chargers on the PERE MARQUETTE?
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby Manistique » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:02 pm

The afternoon Amtrak out of Pontiac, MI, 355, seems to have departed about 15 minutes early or so for Chicago today. Was there a schedule change in the last few days?

Also, per the prior question, no changes in the Wolverine consists this winter other than an influx of more Metroliner-type coaches and snack cars instead of the Michigan Heritage cars dominating like they usually do.
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:26 pm

Manistique wrote:The afternoon Amtrak out of Pontiac, MI, 355, seems to have departed about 15 minutes early or so for Chicago today. Was there a schedule change in the last few days?

Also, per the prior question, no changes in the Wolverine consists this winter other than an influx of more Metroliner-type coaches and snack cars instead of the Michigan Heritage cars dominating like they usually do.


Yep. There is a thread in the "Michigan Talk" about it...

Due to improvements on the Michigan Line, trains can go faster now, therefore the schedule was shortened by 10-20 minutes.
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:10 am

Yes, new Michigan service timetable in effect today. Most Wolverines and the EB Blue Water all have decreased running times. Pere Marquette is unchanged.

Speaking of the PM, I saw it this evening for the the first time in a while: P42 #37, typical 3 Superliners, NPCU #90229. Right on time into and out of Holland.
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:12 am

Tonight's P370 Pere Marquette swapped the usual 3 winter Superliners for 4 Horizon cars. I believe Genesis #34 was leading. I didn't catch the trailing NPCU number.
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Re: January Amtrak sightings

Unread postby ~Z~ » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:28 am

Not seeing it, but Amtrak 365 is west at Bellevue. Hearing them on the Grand Rapids feed here: https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/24338
Amtrak1007 recently added CN channels to the feed to see how well we can hear the CN line.
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