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SW Chief (Train 3 and 4) Delays

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#1 buck1108


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 03:09 PM


I am planning a trip on the Southwest Chief in a few weeks and was wondering if anyone knows what kind of delays to expect (how long)? 

The Amtrak website talks of construction delays through Sept 4, and I was wondering if that may mean hours or bussing situations, etc?



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Posted 11 August 2017 - 03:14 PM

There has been a track work project going on all summer east of Albuquerque. Delays of three or four hours have been common, although a minority of trains have been close to schedule. Keep in mind that there is about an hour of padding arriving LA. The last I read the track work project was going to continue until Sept. 4.
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Posted 11 August 2017 - 10:37 PM

Hopefully they will finish on the 4th, but other projects have taken longer due to weather or unforeseen delays. It was only a few days warning that the TE detour was extended a week this summer.

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