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#161 Devil's Advocate

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 09:35 AM

Just when I was starting to get used to having all this extra hardware sitting around.

We've got provisions and lots of beer. The key word is survival on the new frontier. 


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 06:03 PM

The Amtrak twitter account just told me that service has been restored from SAS to NOL, so I won't have to do my backup plan (driving a Hertz rental.)

 

Does Amtrak take a while to post an update when service is restored? The latest Amtrak update dated today (Sept 7) still says the Sunset Limited is unable to operate between NOL and SAS. 

 

https://www.amtrak.c...d=1251656300218


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 08:32 AM

It appears that the SL was off the disruption list for a bit, but was back on the list in a day or two. I've been watching it closely as we due to board at NOL on the 13th.

At this point they are saying they will post an update "on or before" the 12th (that's cutting it close), we have a back up plan to catch the SL in SAS if we have to.

I'm guessing they are completing track inspections and/or repairs. Anyone know what the actual issue is?

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 09:57 AM

It appears that the SL was off the disruption list for a bit, but was back on the list in a day or two. I've been watching it closely as we due to board at NOL on the 13th. At this point they are saying they will post an update "on or before" the 12th (that's cutting it close), we have a back up plan to catch the SL in SAS if we have to. I'm guessing they are completing track inspections and/or repairs. Anyone know what the actual issue is?

 

Right now there is a lot of host traffic on the route as delayed shipments and misplaced rolling stock are moved where they need to be.  Also, it's not unusual to have partial repairs and faulty signaling on newly opened track that requires radio warrants and slow orders until it receives additional work to bring everything back to full speed.  Amtrak could probably push for resumption of service and get it, but they might suffer substantial delays in the process.  Perhaps Amtrak prefers to wait for available resources to be repositioned and for the backlog to clear up first.


Edited by Devil's Advocate, 08 September 2017 - 12:06 PM.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 11:47 AM

I am booked on the SL on the 11th, arriving from the CONO the day before. After they resumed service a few days ago I booked a hotel room in anticipation. Now I have to try and re-route from MEM up to CHI and yo LA on the chief or TE, but a roomette is going to pay me $600 more! How many trains made it through from SAS to NOL before they cancelled it again? Does anyone know why they cut the train again?

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 12:27 PM

I'd call Amtrak and see if they'll waive the additional charge, especially if they have no alternate transportation and you were originally booked in a roomette. My guess is that they should be able to do that, since there's no practical way for you to take the original itinerary.



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Posted 08 September 2017 - 03:02 PM

At the moment American Airlines has flights to Dallas for $53, so I think I'll just assume the SL won't run Monday, and fly to Dallas to catch the TE to Los Angeles via San Antonio. I can actually upgrade from a roomette to a full bedroom SAS to LAX, and including the flights to replace the out of service areas not pay any more than before.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:55 PM

It looks like one train actually departed NOL on Wednesday this week, and arrived on-time in SAS. So the line is obviously clear, it must be freight train interference from backed up traffic that was on hold during the storm and not physical damage to the trackage.

I'm not risking it for my Monday train and just going to fly to DFW and grab the TE there to be safe.

The agents at Amtrak seem to know nothing useful about the situation and in fact one told me "well it can't take that long to cleanup the tracks" while advising I should assume the train will run that day.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 09:58 PM

https://www.amtrak.c...rts-and-notices

 

Sorry I can't link the actual notice. If someone could help me with that. Thx. 


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 10:00 PM

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 10:03 PM

Thanks Bill. 


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 05:33 PM

No trains have traveled between SAS and NOL since Harvey.  The No. 1 this past week originated in SAS Thursday morning.  It did not travel from NOL.  According to this service annoucement posted by Bill, the first westbound no. 1 departing NOL will be Saturday, September 16.  Right now there is no equipment for the SL in NOL since it was repositioned back to LAX via the CONO and Southwest Chief soon after Hurricane Harvey.  So the first SL to make the full trip LAX to NOL will depart Los Angeles Wednesday, September 13 arriving in NOL September 15 to become the first westbound SL departing New Orleans Saturday, September 16.  So if you have plans this week before next Saturday, make alternate travel arrangement to San Antonio to join the SL.



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Posted 10 September 2017 - 12:51 AM

The congestion in the area has eased but it is still intense. I suspect there will be major delays along the route.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 04:47 PM

We had just bought our retirement house on August 20 in Rockport, Tx. To take possession on September 1. Harvey hit on August 25.

 Have not been able to see the damage inside yet. :(


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:00 PM

We had just bought our retirement house on August 20 in Rockport, Tx. To take possession on September 1. Harvey hit on August 25.

 Have not been able to see the damage inside yet. :(

 

That is some terrible news.  Rockport was a total disaster from what I've read.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:35 PM

We had just bought our retirement house on August 20 in Rockport, Tx. To take possession on September 1. Harvey hit on August 25.
 Have not been able to see the damage inside yet. :(

Sorry to hear this Tony! Its pretty bad on the Coast especially around Port A and Rockport/Fulton. 😣

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:00 PM

 

We had just bought our retirement house on August 20 in Rockport, Tx. To take possession on September 1. Harvey hit on August 25.

 Have not been able to see the damage inside yet. :(

 

That is some terrible news.  Rockport was a total disaster from what I've read.

 

Thanks. We have not been able to get in because we gave the sellers more time to get out, since they evacuated early. Maybe next week.......


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:04 PM

 

We had just bought our retirement house on August 20 in Rockport, Tx. To take possession on September 1. Harvey hit on August 25.
 Have not been able to see the damage inside yet. :(

Sorry to hear this Tony! Its pretty bad on the Coast especially around Port A and Rockport/Fulton.

Hopefully y'all had good insurance or good luck, some did!

 

My brother tells me that Rockport, PortA, and Aransas Pass look like war zones. There was no insurance in place, as we had not taken possession yet. Drone pics of the house show missing shingles, the back porch roof blown off, the carport has disappeared, all the trees stripped of leaves, etc. We do not know yet about water damage inside or storm surge damage in the crawl space.  :unsure:


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:06 PM

 

 

We had just bought our retirement house on August 20 in Rockport, Tx. To take possession on September 1. Harvey hit on August 25.
 Have not been able to see the damage inside yet. :(

Sorry to hear this Tony! Its pretty bad on the Coast especially around Port A and Rockport/Fulton.

Hopefully y'all had good insurance or good luck, some did!

 

My brother tells me that Rockport, PortA, and Aransas Pass look like war zones. There was no insurance in place, as we had not taken possession yet. Drone pics of the house show missing shingles, the back porch roof blown off, the carport has disappeared, all the trees stripped of leaves, etc. We do not know yet about water damage inside or storm surge damage in the crawl space.  :unsure:

 

I would think you could not take possession since the house is no longer in the condition it was in when you signed the intent to buy contract?


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:30 PM

 

 

 

We had just bought our retirement house on August 20 in Rockport, Tx. To take possession on September 1. Harvey hit on August 25.
 Have not been able to see the damage inside yet. :(

Sorry to hear this Tony! Its pretty bad on the Coast especially around Port A and Rockport/Fulton.

Hopefully y'all had good insurance or good luck, some did!

 

My brother tells me that Rockport, PortA, and Aransas Pass look like war zones. There was no insurance in place, as we had not taken possession yet. Drone pics of the house show missing shingles, the back porch roof blown off, the carport has disappeared, all the trees stripped of leaves, etc. We do not know yet about water damage inside or storm surge damage in the crawl space.  :unsure:

 

I would think you could not take possession since the house is no longer in the condition it was in when you signed the intent to buy contract?

 

No. We already closed. Anyway, if the damage is not too bad, we want the house anyway. 


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