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TE 21 (25) extremely delayed between Austin and San Marcos


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#1 Lonestar648

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 11:26 AM

I was checking on the 22 this morning, finding it was still in SAS.  Then I saw that 21(25) left AUS at 7:14PM but didn't arrive SMC until 4:00AM this morning.  Anyone know what happened?  I tried to find a report of a car/truck accident, but found none.  Loosing 8 hours in such a short distance couldn't be a freight delay.  I noticed the delay caused the SL 1 to be 6 hours late out of SAS.



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Posted 27 May 2018 - 12:57 PM

This is why I don't rely on the TE for afternoon connections in Chicago. Worth the earlier start to only deal with delays in the STL-CHI route.

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 01:57 PM

This is why I don't rely on the TE for afternoon connections in Chicago. Worth the earlier start to only deal with delays in the STL-CHI route.

The TE is generally pretty punctual. If memory serves, more so than the SWC, EB, or CZ. And it arrives at 1:50 PM, which is significantly earlier than any other western train.


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 02:05 PM

Actually, 22 (along with 6) are pretty tardy. 4 is a little better, and 8 is the clear king of the OTP with a median arrival of 5 min early.

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 02:18 PM

Actually, 22 (along with 6) are pretty tardy. 4 is a little better, and 8 is the clear king of the OTP with a median arrival of 5 min early.


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 02:25 PM

Clearly, that's what I said!!! :D

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 02:32 PM

Huh. When I had checked the TE's OTP back in September, when planning for my cross country trip on #422, I would have sworn it was pretty good. :wacko:


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 03:30 PM

On time into San Antonio has been good this year.  word is that last night the old Amtrak engine just died in them.



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Posted 27 May 2018 - 04:03 PM

So they had to wait on a rescue to pull 21 to SMC then to SAS.  Is the rescue pulling 22 to FTW?



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Posted 27 May 2018 - 09:49 PM

The Genesis replacement order cannot happen soon enough. The Genesis is a good locomotive but its past time for a replacement.
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Posted 27 May 2018 - 10:07 PM

While the initial delay was due to engine problems and the need for another engine, it lost around 4 hours meeting freight trains since it was out of slot.


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 10:36 PM

Yep, the combination of another tired P-42 ( only 1 on the Eagle!😣)and UPs endless Freights chugging up the line through Austin ( Single Track from South of the Downtown Trestle by the Station to the McNeil Crossing on Mopac) lead to multiple delays for the Eagles.😥
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Posted 27 May 2018 - 11:09 PM

Must have been quite a frustrating night for the crew and passengers.

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 11:19 PM

Especially since the TE crew had to turn almost around for the return trip.  With the switching of the through cars between the three trains, #1 left 6 hours late and #22 over 3 hours late.






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