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#21 pennyk

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 06:03 PM

Here is today's service alert:

 

 

 

Scheduled Service Modified in Advance of Hurricane Michael Tuesday, October 09, 2018 4:50PM ET

Trains service in Florida impacted

Due to predicted severe weather from Hurricane Michael, Amtrak is modifying service to Florida. For the safety of our customers and employees, the following train schedules will be adjusted:

The Silver Star (New York – Miami) 91 & 92 will operate from Miami to Jacksonville, Fla, beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 10. No alternate transportation will be provided between Jacksonville, Fla., to New York. 

The Palmetto (New York to Savannah, Ga.) 89 & 90 will operate between New York and Washington, D.C., beginning on Thursday, Oct. 11. No alternate transportation will be provided between Washington, D.C., to Savannah, Ga. 

Customers with reservations on trains that are being modified will typically be accommodated on trains with similar departure times or another day. Amtrak will gladly waive additional charges for customers looking to change their reservation during the modified schedule by calling our reservation center at 800-USA-RAIL.  Anyone planning to travel should check their train status on Amtrak.com or our smartphone apps prior to departing, allow extra time to get to the station and be extremely careful in stations and on platforms. 

Amtrak regrets any inconvenience. This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant.

Anyone can subscribe to automated email or text message notifications if Amtrak trains are behind schedule at specific stations. Notifications can be given for up to six trains and stations by either text or email and delivered when you choose - on a single day, every day, or just certain days of the week. Create a subscription at Amtrak.com/delayalerts.

Customers with travel plans can review refund information on Amtrak.com. Service Alerts, Passenger Notices and other announcements are posted at Amtrak.com/alerts.

 To be notified of service disruptions on the Northeast Corridor (including Acela Express, Northeast Regional and other corridor services), follow @AmtrakNEC on Twitter.


Amtrak miles: 248,633; Routes: Silver Meteor, Champion, Silver Star, Auto Train, Capitol Limited, Empire Builder, Lakeshore Limited, Adirondack, Vermonter, Cardinal, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle, Missouri River Runner, Acela Express, Southwest Chief, Cascades, Crescent, City of New Orleans, Hiawatha Service, Maple Leaf, Keystone Service, NE Regional, Downeaster, Piedmont, Carolinian, Lincoln Service, Autumn Express 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, Empire Service, Sunset Limited, San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor, Pennsylvanian, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Ethan Allen Express, AEM-7 Excursion, Pacific Surfliner, Palmetto.  VIA miles: 4,584; Routes: The Canadian, Ocean; Alaska RR Denali Star: 356 miles


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 06:55 PM

Suspect Bay line and AN northern will take major hits.  CSX Sunset line as well


Edited by west point, 09 October 2018 - 06:57 PM.


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 06:17 AM

From CSX

 

 

CSX Taking Precautions Ahead of Hurricane Michael

 

 

CSX continues to take measures to protect employees, rail traffic and infrastructure as Hurricane Michael approaches the U.S. mainland as a major hurricane. The storm is projected to make landfall Wednesday as a Category 3 hurricane, bringing the potential of storm surge along low lying areas. At this time, we do not know the extent to which the storm will impact CSX operations, but we are closely monitoring its path and intensity and taking steps to prepare for any potential effects on our network.
 
Please be advised that, until further notice, CSX is curtailing operations along the Florida Panhandle and into southeastern Georgia. All shipments traveling between Pensacola, Fla. and Baldwin, Fla., and between Dothan, Ala. and Valdosta, Ga. will experience delays.
 
We will continue to provide updates as we monitor the storm. Intermodal customers should refer to Real-Time Service Advisories for intermodal-specific operational actions, though there are no intermodal impacts at this time.


Amtrak miles: 248,633; Routes: Silver Meteor, Champion, Silver Star, Auto Train, Capitol Limited, Empire Builder, Lakeshore Limited, Adirondack, Vermonter, Cardinal, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle, Missouri River Runner, Acela Express, Southwest Chief, Cascades, Crescent, City of New Orleans, Hiawatha Service, Maple Leaf, Keystone Service, NE Regional, Downeaster, Piedmont, Carolinian, Lincoln Service, Autumn Express 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, Empire Service, Sunset Limited, San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor, Pennsylvanian, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Ethan Allen Express, AEM-7 Excursion, Pacific Surfliner, Palmetto.  VIA miles: 4,584; Routes: The Canadian, Ocean; Alaska RR Denali Star: 356 miles


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 09:04 AM

 

From CSX

 

 

CSX Taking Precautions Ahead of Hurricane Michael

 

 

CSX continues to take measures to protect employees, rail traffic and infrastructure as Hurricane Michael approaches the U.S. mainland as a major hurricane. The storm is projected to make landfall Wednesday as a Category 3 hurricane, bringing the potential of storm surge along low lying areas. At this time, we do not know the extent to which the storm will impact CSX operations, but we are closely monitoring its path and intensity and taking steps to prepare for any potential effects on our network.
 
Please be advised that, until further notice, CSX is curtailing operations along the Florida Panhandle and into southeastern Georgia. All shipments traveling between Pensacola, Fla. and Baldwin, Fla., and between Dothan, Ala. and Valdosta, Ga. will experience delays.
 
We will continue to provide updates as we monitor the storm. Intermodal customers should refer to Real-Time Service Advisories for intermodal-specific operational actions, though there are no intermodal impacts at this time.

 

It says that they are "curtailing operations along the Florida Panhandle and into southeastern Georgia". Does that refer to the tracks or just CSX's own trains? In other words, does that apply to Amtrak?


Routes Traveled: Silver Meteor, Silver Star, CrescentLake Shore LimitedCalifornia Zephyr, Sunset Limited, Texas EagleEthan Allen Express, Empire Service, Maple Leaf, AdirondackAcela Express, Northeast RegionalKeystone Service, Downeaster w/ Great Dome
 
Wish List: Auto Train, Cardinal, CONO, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, Crescent (overnight), Adirondack w/ Great Dome


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 09:09 AM

So far Amtrak has not announced any further changes. I am sure we’ll know soon enough if something changes.

I think the biggest issue will be falling trees and flash floods in the Carolinas.

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 09:37 AM

My train was just cancelled. Will I be refunded both trips? I booked them as both one-ways. 



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Posted 10 October 2018 - 10:23 AM

My train was just cancelled. Will I be refunded both trips? I booked them as both one-ways. 

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 10:38 AM

My train was just cancelled. Will I be refunded both trips? I booked them as both one-ways. 

Anytime Amtrak cancels a train, everyone booked on it gets a full refund. Whether you book it as a two one ways or a round-trip is irrelevant.


Routes Traveled: Silver Meteor, Silver Star, CrescentLake Shore LimitedCalifornia Zephyr, Sunset Limited, Texas EagleEthan Allen Express, Empire Service, Maple Leaf, AdirondackAcela Express, Northeast RegionalKeystone Service, Downeaster w/ Great Dome
 
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Posted 10 October 2018 - 10:46 AM

I think he might be concerned that if one was cancelled, and the other wasn't, how would they handle it. Like, my train to Florida is cancelled, my return next week on a separate reservation is unaffected. While we know there won't be a problem, those scenarios are rarely described clearly.



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Posted 10 October 2018 - 11:25 AM

 

 

From CSX

 

 

CSX Taking Precautions Ahead of Hurricane Michael

 

 

CSX continues to take measures to protect employees, rail traffic and infrastructure as Hurricane Michael approaches the U.S. mainland as a major hurricane. The storm is projected to make landfall Wednesday as a Category 3 hurricane, bringing the potential of storm surge along low lying areas. At this time, we do not know the extent to which the storm will impact CSX operations, but we are closely monitoring its path and intensity and taking steps to prepare for any potential effects on our network.
 
Please be advised that, until further notice, CSX is curtailing operations along the Florida Panhandle and into southeastern Georgia. All shipments traveling between Pensacola, Fla. and Baldwin, Fla., and between Dothan, Ala. and Valdosta, Ga. will experience delays.
 
We will continue to provide updates as we monitor the storm. Intermodal customers should refer to Real-Time Service Advisories for intermodal-specific operational actions, though there are no intermodal impacts at this time.

 

It says that they are "curtailing operations along the Florida Panhandle and into southeastern Georgia". Does that refer to the tracks or just CSX's own trains? In other words, does that apply to Amtrak?

 

At least it won't affect the Sunset Limited - East.... :P


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 11:29 AM

As of 12:30pm 10/10/18 Michael is Cat 4 150mph 923mb monster - about 40 miles from landfall.

It is headed straight for Panama City.

Edited by jis, 10 October 2018 - 11:31 AM.


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 11:36 AM

Sunset Limited to remain suspended east of New Orleans out of an abundance of caution.  ;)

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 11:38 AM

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the same tracks wiped out by Katrina get knocked out this time?

I’m NOT saying I’m hoping for it - just that it would be ironic...

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 12:09 PM

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the same tracks wiped out by Katrina get knocked out this time?

I’m NOT saying I’m hoping for it - just that it would be ironic...

Unless we are mistaken it will be.  How much is knocked out  not if ?



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Posted 10 October 2018 - 12:13 PM

The Florida panhandle and south to southeast Georgia is going to take a very major wind hit.  As far as flooding probably not as much as Florence but still ? ?



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Posted 10 October 2018 - 12:25 PM

1:25pm landfall happening now. Pressure is apparently less than 919mb.

Edited by jis, 10 October 2018 - 12:29 PM.


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 12:27 PM

There are a lot of trees in the Florida Panhandle and not a lot of access roads.  Power trucks may have a difficult time accessing power outages in the many rural areas.  I have relatives in the Tallahassee area (with a lot of trees).  My thoughts are with them.  


Amtrak miles: 248,633; Routes: Silver Meteor, Champion, Silver Star, Auto Train, Capitol Limited, Empire Builder, Lakeshore Limited, Adirondack, Vermonter, Cardinal, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle, Missouri River Runner, Acela Express, Southwest Chief, Cascades, Crescent, City of New Orleans, Hiawatha Service, Maple Leaf, Keystone Service, NE Regional, Downeaster, Piedmont, Carolinian, Lincoln Service, Autumn Express 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, Empire Service, Sunset Limited, San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor, Pennsylvanian, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Ethan Allen Express, AEM-7 Excursion, Pacific Surfliner, Palmetto.  VIA miles: 4,584; Routes: The Canadian, Ocean; Alaska RR Denali Star: 356 miles


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 12:51 PM

10/10 service alert:

 

 

 

Scheduled Service Modified Due to Hurricane Michael Wedneday, October 10, 2018 11:15 a.m. ET

Amtrak service in Florida and the Southeast affected.

Due to predicted severe weather from Hurricane Michael, Amtrak is modifying service to and from Florida and points north. This message will be updated no later than 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.

For the safety of our customers and employees, the following train schedules are be adjusted:

• Amtrak Silver Star Trains 91 & 92 (New York – Miami) will operate only between Miami and Jacksonville, Fla. through at least Oct. 11.

No substitute transportation will be provided between Jacksonville, Fla., and New York. 

• Amtrak Palmetto Trains 89 & 90 (New York – Savannah) will only operate between New York and Washington, D.C., through at least Oct. 11.

No substitute transportation will be provided between Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Ga. 

Customers with reservations on trains that are being modified will typically be accommodated on trains with similar departure times or another day. Amtrak will gladly waive additional charges for customers looking to change their reservation during the modified schedule by calling our reservation center at 800-USA-RAIL.  Anyone planning to travel should check their train status on Amtrak.com or our smartphone apps prior to departing, allow extra time to get to the station and be extremely careful in stations and on platforms. 

Amtrak regrets any inconvenience. This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant.

Anyone can subscribe to automated email or text message notifications if Amtrak trains are behind schedule at specific stations. Notifications can be given for up to six trains and stations by either text or email and delivered when you choose - on a single day, every day, or just certain days of the week. Create a subscription at Amtrak.com/delayalerts.

Customers with travel plans can review refund information on Amtrak.com. Service Alerts, Passenger Notices and other announcements are posted at Amtrak.com/alerts.

To be notified of service disruptions on the Northeast Corridor (including Acela Express, Northeast Regional and other corridor services), follow @AmtrakNECalerts on Twitter.


Amtrak miles: 248,633; Routes: Silver Meteor, Champion, Silver Star, Auto Train, Capitol Limited, Empire Builder, Lakeshore Limited, Adirondack, Vermonter, Cardinal, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle, Missouri River Runner, Acela Express, Southwest Chief, Cascades, Crescent, City of New Orleans, Hiawatha Service, Maple Leaf, Keystone Service, NE Regional, Downeaster, Piedmont, Carolinian, Lincoln Service, Autumn Express 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, Empire Service, Sunset Limited, San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor, Pennsylvanian, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Ethan Allen Express, AEM-7 Excursion, Pacific Surfliner, Palmetto.  VIA miles: 4,584; Routes: The Canadian, Ocean; Alaska RR Denali Star: 356 miles


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 01:28 PM

So do they allow simply canceling a trip anymore without penalty when they are unable to deliver you to the destination within a few or even several hours of the original trip, at least for the most expensive fares? Or is it now time to get in touch with Congresspeople and start working on an Rail Passenger Bill of Rights in this country like there are in a few other countries, and like the Air Passenger Bill or Rights?



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Posted 10 October 2018 - 01:31 PM

I just boarded auto train south bound. Thankfully I did not get cancelled. Should be an interesting evening.
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