Amtrak Updates February

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Amtrak Updates February

Unread postby twropr » Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:54 pm

Does anyone know why #353 left Pontiac 2 hrs 21 M LT on Friday the 8th?
thanks!
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Re: Amtrak Updates February

Unread postby Manistique » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:53 am

twropr wrote:Does anyone know why #353 left Pontiac 2 hrs 21 M LT on Friday the 8th?
thanks!
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I never heard why but this is becoming fairly common though not always because of troubles originating in Pontiac like with your example.

Here is the lastest operational issues. Yesterday Amtrak 355 left Pontiac for Chicago right before Amtrak 352 arrived, around 8:30 pm, around three hours late, as it arrived like 4 hours late from Chicago as 350. Then Amtrak 354 arrived at Pontiac at 3:41 am, two hours and 45 minutes late. Yikes, what is going on with Amtrak? They used to run very late before the Michigan Line was purchased and upgraded by the State, like anytime it rained. Then the last year or two they were like clockwork on time. And now suddenly this winter even worse than before. Someone blamed it on poor maintenance of the aging locomotives lately. Winter cannot always be the reason as we have had a mild winter so far.
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Re: Amtrak Updates February

Unread postby Buster Manning » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:29 pm

You Sir, are correct.....switch problems at Milwaukee Jct. yesterday made 350 extremely late, local management getting their decisions overturned by the 'managers :roll: ' above them, and the crew shortage in Michigan rearing it's ugly head all contributed to this mess
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Re: Amtrak Updates February

Unread postby twropr » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:57 pm

Buster Manning wrote:You Sir, are correct.....switch problems at Milwaukee Jct. yesterday made 350 extremely late, local management getting their decisions overturned by the 'managers :roll: ' above them, and the crew shortage in Michigan rearing it's ugly head all contributed to this mess

#350 sat in Detroit from 2:53 pm till 6:29 pm. I heard on the scanner feed archives that Amtrak had considered reversing the train to Dearborn and then changed their minds.
Was the switch issue frozen switches or something else? Seems like it took them a while to fix whatever the problem was.
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