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Posted 13 February 2017 - 03:46 PM

Yep, the flacks that work for Amtrak, as well as the Ops and IT crews, are definitely not earning their pay right now!

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 11:09 PM

Just to end my story:  I arrived in LA on 3(11) on time.  I was rolling in my rental car by 9am and back in San Jose about 2pm.  I turned in the car , walked about 1/2 mile to Diridon Station (where I'd left my car), and was back home in Gilroy by about 3pm.  That's about 5 hours ahead of when I'd have been home taking the CZ.  Of course the $125 the rental car cost me was not pleasant.  Also though, on the plus side was having the family bedroom and its double bed to enjoy all by myself. 



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Posted 13 February 2017 - 11:17 PM

You sure arrived home in good order. Beat the CS by several hours. Glad it worked out for you. You went by my home; it is less than a mile south of the tracks, about four miles east of Flagstaff station.
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Posted 16 February 2017 - 04:03 PM

Any news on the California Zephyr service disruption? What is causing it? Why is there no news about it anywhere?


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 04:26 PM

Any news on the California Zephyr service disruption? What is causing it? Why is there no news about it anywhere?

Flooding and washouts in Nevada, not to mention the backlog of freight trains that were forced to detour. The Feather River route and the Elko-Ogden route (used by the San Francisco Zephyr in the 1970s) are still out, because it was the most hit. Some are saying that the California Zephyr will return west of SLC in a few days.


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Posted 20 February 2017 - 07:28 PM

Does anyone know if the CZ is still being turned at SLC?



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Posted 20 February 2017 - 08:07 PM

Does anyone know if the CZ is still being turned at SLC?


As of right now, yes.  Supposedly the CZ that left Chicago today will travel through to California, but it would probably still be a good idea to cross your fingers.


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Posted 20 February 2017 - 09:12 PM

 

Does anyone know if the CZ is still being turned at SLC?


As of right now, yes.  Supposedly the CZ that left Chicago today will travel through to California, but it would probably still be a good idea to cross your fingers.

 

Definitely cross your fingers, cause The Weatherman has declared a flood warning in northern Nevada...again. Not to mention the deluge of North-Central California. This cutting might happen for a few more days, if UPRR asks to cut that part out for a few days. Even if UPRR gives all clear, turn around in Reno can also happen if Donner Pass is hit.

 

As for the CZ being turned around, is it still sans bustitution west of SLC?


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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:03 PM

Did today's #5 only make it as far as Salt Lake City?



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:08 PM

Just looked at the status page for last night. Arrived SLC over 9 hours late and left over 10 hrs down. Next stop Elko, over 10 hrs late. Sounds like a mechanical problem, if it lost that much time at SLC, which is normally about 30 minutes at the station.
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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:12 PM

Hey good news.  It is at least on the move.



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:21 PM

@greatcats:  Just to confirm, do you know for a fact #5 departed SLC and is on the move?



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:39 PM

You make a point. Apparently it has not yet departed. It was estimated to leave at 10:10 Mountain Time and still seems to be at SLC. Not good.
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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:46 PM

According to Amtrak Status Maps, CZ 5 was already 2 hours late and lost additional 7 hours between Helper and Provo Utah.   As someone suggested it may have been delayed around Summit Point.  While it could be mechanical, it is also possible that the delay was caused by some freight interference.



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:47 PM

Anybody know the phone # for the SLC station?



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:47 PM

It says now that departed at 10:38. I would say the station staff made several hours OT. I 'd like to ride across western Utah and Nevada by daylight. One of my favorite parts of that route is the early morning light over the desert west of Winnemucca.
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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:56 PM

That is excellent news.

 

Am I correct that this equipment becomes tomorrow's #6?



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 01:00 PM

You are correct.  CZ 5 equipment and OBS crew overnight in Oakland, equipment is turned, and becomes the following day's CZ 6 with same OBS Crew(they are Chicago based). 

 

So, if the CZ 5 is extremely late arriving Emeryville, the CZ 6 the following day is subject to delayed start to allow adequate time for crew rest and restocking the train for the three day trip back to Chicago.



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 01:10 PM

Now projected to arrive Emeryville 1:25 am. Short turnaround for on board crew. Let's see how 6 does tomorrow.
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Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:55 PM

This train is now almost 12 hours late.






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