Amtrak Updates- February 2018

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Amtrak Updates- February 2018

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:15 pm

Amtrak 355 Westbound at the West Side of Ann Arbor, 1910.
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Re: Amtrak Updates- February 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:55 am

Amtrak 353 out of Pontiac with a slow order just south of town around MP 22.5 and just crawled by at 10:54 am. Locomotive on both ends this morning.
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Re: Amtrak Updates- February 2018

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:35 pm

Amtrak 353 WB out of Ann Arbor at 12:34. Very snow-clogged horn today.
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Re: Amtrak Updates- February 2018

Unread postby KenB » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:46 pm

Mark #353 Has Two locomotives elephant style on point goday.
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Re: Amtrak Updates- February 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:49 pm

Amtrak 355 left Pontiac two hours late this evening. I wonder if, based on Ken's report above, 353 took the extra locomotive assigned to Pontiac and 350 had to wye its train at Pontiac Yard before proceeding back to Chicago as 355 due to the lack of a locomotive facing the correct way?

I haven't seen 352 on CN's Holly Sub. yet so I checked its status arriving in Pontiac: 4.5 HOURS BEHIND SCHEDULE! Yikes. 354 is already scheduled to be an hour an a half late into Pontiac.
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Re: Amtrak Updates- February 2018

Unread postby Michael » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:01 pm

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Re: Amtrak Updates- February 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:26 pm

So that explains the problem last night. What I presume was the last train into Pontiac, 354, didn't arrive until around 4 am or so, three hours plus behind. It probably brought coaches from Chicago to bail 352 out at Niles.

355 just left Pontiac on time and had a locomotive on both ends today.
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Re: Amtrak Updates- February 2018

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:54 pm

352 looks over 3 hours late tonight. Is this still the domino effect from a couple days ago?
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Re: Amtrak Updates- February 2018

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:50 pm

352 Eastbound through the West Side of Ann Arbor, 17:50. Hearing a nice horn echo this evening.
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Re: Amtrak Updates- February 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:53 am

That 352 that went through Ann Arbor last night largely on time was three hours late arriving in Pontiac. So something happened between there and here.

Also, 354 was a couple hours late arriving in Pontiac last night too. This has been fairly routine for it lately. Wonder if they are holding it for western train arriving late into Chicago?
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Re: Amtrak Updates- February 2018

Unread postby Buster Manning » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:44 pm

Manistique wrote:That 352 that went through Ann Arbor last night largely on time was three hours late arriving in Pontiac. So something happened between there and here.

Also, 354 was a couple hours late arriving in Pontiac last night too. This has been fairly routine for it lately. Wonder if they are holding it for western train arriving late into Chicago?


Incorrect info on 352...it arrived at 749pm, 4 mins late

354 used a late arriving 353's equipment and then had mechanical issues with the engine

hope they start fixing the ITCS P42's.....running out of good units to use--last I heard, there was 6 OOS
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Re: Amtrak Updates- February 2018

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:16 am

Revised Pere Marquette schedule takes effect:

Old 371...New 371
6:00...6:00 Grand Rapids AM
6:54...6:49 Holland
7:38...7:31 Bangor
8:16...8:09 St. Joseph ET
9:11...9:08 Chicago CT

Old 370...New 370
6:30...6:30 Chicago CT PM
9:15...9:13 St Joseph ET
9:51...9:50 Bangor
10:34...10:31 Holland
11:39...11:34 Grand Rapids
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