Amtrak Updates - May 2019

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Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby ThomasACu » Wed May 01, 2019 3:40 pm

Amtrak 352 through Chesterton/Porter, IN at 15:35 ET (14:35 CT). Getting on Michigan Line

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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby Burb8145 » Wed May 01, 2019 5:39 pm

ThomasACu wrote:Amtrak 352 through Chesterton/Porter, IN at 15:35 ET (14:35 CT). Getting on Michigan Line

No defects.

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Just left Battle Creek 25 minutes late.

364 is currently in East Chicago, IN, running on time.
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby G-Root Liska » Wed May 01, 2019 11:27 pm

Amtrak 370 on Grand Rapids, MI sub just past Zeeland, MI calling out a clear signal. The dispatcher mentioned something about an accident near the tracks on 120th Avenue so it seems like the train is a bit behind on schedule for this. Nothing from the defect detector on this line owned by CSX. Time currently is 11:27pm EDT
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby G-Root Liska » Thu May 02, 2019 10:53 pm

Amtrak 370 Grand Rapids, MI Sub. Clear at Waverly Yard. Just passed 120th avenue as of 10:53 pm EDT
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby CR900945 » Sun May 05, 2019 8:59 pm

Trouble Getting Over The Road - Amtrak #355 departed Dearborn at 7:00 PM, 24" late. Arrived at Wayne Jct. at about 7:15 on Track 2. Stop signal displayed. Meanwhile #352 which left Ann Arbor at 6:48 approached Wayne Jct. on track 1 at restricted speed. Continued on Track 1 past Wayne at restricted speed. After #352 went by, #355 had to be talked past the stop indication and moved west on Track 2. I suspect signal trouble of some kind. #355 got out of Ann Arbor at 7:58 PM, 52" late. #352 left Dearborn at 7:45 PM, 35" late.
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby Burb8145 » Sat May 18, 2019 6:10 pm

A really late 350 just crossed Caniff Street just north of Milwaukee Junction. P42DC 59 was leading, first two cars included an Amfleet I with ILHSR logo and a Horizon.
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby CR900945 » Mon May 20, 2019 8:36 am

Other Amtrak's also late on Saturday. Amtrak #370 on 05/18 left Chicago 1'59" late, #354 53" late, and #364 2'43" late. Some type of disruption at CUS.
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby ThomasACu » Mon May 20, 2019 9:18 am

Amtrak 371 through Porter, IN, at 8:07 AM CT (9:07 AM ET).

IDTX 4613 leading. 310 feet
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby ThomasACu » Mon May 20, 2019 9:45 am

Amtrak 350 through Porter, IN at 9:44 AM ET. Getting ready to turn on the Michigan Line

Amtrak 57 leading
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby Burb8145 » Mon May 20, 2019 12:49 pm

ThomasACu wrote:Amtrak 350 through Porter, IN at 9:44 AM ET. Getting ready to turn on the Michigan Line

Amtrak 57 leading

Just arrived at Jackson 38 minutes late.
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby ~Z~ » Tue May 21, 2019 1:25 pm

Amtrak 365 was west at Lawton MI at 10:34am. AMTK #63, 6 single level cars, and AMTK #59 trailing.
Amtrak 350 was east at Lawton MI at 11:05am. AMTK #64 with 5 single level cars trailing.
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby Manistique » Wed May 22, 2019 6:01 am

Amtrak 351 had a private dome car and open end business car on the head end of its train this morning departing Pontiac. It must have come in last night.
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby CR900945 » Wed May 22, 2019 9:36 am

Private cars might be Charter Wire cars which were in Ann Arbor for a time. With Amtrak's new restrictive handling policy, it won't pick up cars at previous usual locations unless they are on a list so as not to delay trains enroute. Freight railroads will spot and pick up such cars and forward them to a location where Amtrak will add them to a train. Nothing like discouraging added revenue.
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby SD80MAC » Wed May 22, 2019 9:48 am

I don't blame Amtrak one bit for not wanting to delay a revenue train just to pick up someone's toys. The new policy makes sense to me!
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby DaveO » Wed May 22, 2019 10:45 am

CR900945 wrote:Private cars might be Charter Wire cars which were in Ann Arbor for a time. With Amtrak's new restrictive handling policy, it won't pick up cars at previous usual locations unless they are on a list so as not to delay trains enroute. Freight railroads will spot and pick up such cars and forward them to a location where Amtrak will add them to a train. Nothing like discouraging added revenue.


Picking up those cars at stations where scheduled dwell time was minimal was causing all of the paying passengers to suffer delays. Is that desirable? Not for me.
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby ThomasACu » Wed May 22, 2019 3:52 pm

Amtrak 352 EB through Porter, IN, at 14:52 CT (15:52 ET). On Michigan Line now.

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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby Jetlink » Wed May 22, 2019 4:40 pm

ThomasACu wrote:Amtrak 352 EB through Porter, IN, at 14:52 CT (15:52 ET). On Michigan Line now.

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Friend of mine is on that train. He said they got held up by one of the drawbridges.
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby Burb8145 » Wed May 22, 2019 6:10 pm

ThomasACu wrote:Amtrak 352 EB through Porter, IN, at 14:52 CT (15:52 ET). On Michigan Line now.

No defects

Left Battle Creek 46 minutes late.

355 left Pontiac on time and just crossed I-696, departing Royal Oak 5 minutes late. P42DC 64 is leading.
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Re: Amtrak Updates - May 2019

Unread postby twropr » Fri May 24, 2019 10:05 am

Are any of the trains handling an extra coach or two during the Memorial Day holiday?
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