Just seeing if anyone has any "inside" information on the movements of Amtrak's Great Dome "Ocean View" #10031 for next week? For the past 4 years now it's been run on the Hiawatha the Mon, Tue, Wed, and Thrs of Thanksgiving Week... then down to St. Louis on Fri & Sat... and back on the Hiawatha on Sunday for one last run.
As usual, my sources at Amtrak have told me thus far, there is nothing indicating this will happen for next week. Got the same response the last 3 years and it's always run.
Any sightings down in the yard in Chicago, etc?
We are hoping to ride it on "Black Friday" down to St. Louis and a couple of rounds on the Hiawatha.
They seemed to stop "promising it" and "promoting it" running after several trips on the Cardinal got cancelled in 2010 and 2011 due to weather and mechanical problems... and more mechanical problems in 2013 that caused it not to run to St. Louis (on that trip, several railfans were riding and apparently demanded their money back -- I was not on that, but heard it through the grapevine that some in Amtrak marketing were pissed with their phone calls and demand for vouchers and trying to get off the train before it left the gate).
Hope it comes back -- riding it TG week has become a tradition for us (see profile picture!)
We will try and catch #329 on the way to work next Monday morning to see... unless someone has some good info for me on here.
Edited by rtabern, 17 November 2015 - 11:58 AM.