2019 CA Zephyr Snow/Weather Delays

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  1. Jan 17, 2019 #1

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    #5 is showing Service Interruption at Reno, and there is no #6 info from Emeryville, on Track-A-Train today.

    The Amtrak website has no information under Service Alerts and Notifications for the Zephyr.

    We know there is wind and snow today in the Sierras from the NWS.
     
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  2. Jan 17, 2019 #2

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    It's been a pretty big storm here in northern California. SFO last night was pushing 6hr average inbound delays due to heavy rain and wind. I'm sure I-80 was closed. Hopefully all those passengers can be accomodated, especially with this being a long weekend.
     
  3. Jan 17, 2019 #3

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    I-80 over Donner has been sporadically closed for the last few days (it's currently open only to cars) and there's been constant rain and occasional snow in Reno. 
     
  4. Jan 18, 2019 #4

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    The TransitDocs page is reporting the 6(17) is originating in Reno.
     
  5. Jan 18, 2019 #5

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    Makes sense. Yesterday’s #6 lost 3.5 hours crossing the Sierra. This morning’s #5 would have lost even more. The New Amtrak chooses to suspend trains short of entering really bad weather. But today’s #6 passengers boarding at points west of Reno may be S.O.O.L.

    And #5 passengers may be overnighted in Reno hotels. Happened to me many years ago, and Amtrak paid for the hotel and provided meal vouchers at a hotel right across the street from the Reno train station.
     
  6. Jan 18, 2019 #6

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    I was checking the CADOT Cameras for District 3 today, and there was traffic moving both ways every time I looked.

    http://dot.ca.gov/d3/cameras.html
     
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  7. Jan 18, 2019 #7

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    Trains moving well again over Sierra, with the CZ on time today.
     
  8. Jan 19, 2019 #8

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    While looking at another thread there, I discovered another Amtrak source for what's happening... their Amtrak Alerts Twitter account.

    Here's the tweet about the #5 that turned into the #6 originating in Reno 1/17:

    https://twitter.com/AmtrakAlerts/status/1085994273084968960?s=20
     
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  9. Jan 21, 2019 #9

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    I don't know if it's the result of the weather, but in case it is, I'll put this here.  Amtrak #6(19) has a Union Pacific engine leading it.  It was filmed this morning near Lincoln, Nebraska by Midwest Trains.

     
  10. Jan 22, 2019 #10

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    Someone else submitted a video of the same train in a separate thread 5 hours and several hundred miles earlier.  Apparently it hit a car somewhere near Reno and the emergency breaking flattened the wheels on the lead engine, so they replaced it with the UP engine.  (I guess the 2nd engine #53 was okay.)  See other thread
     
  11. Jan 22, 2019 #11

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    Same person posted in both threads. Obviously he only took one of the videos.
     
  12. Jan 24, 2019 #12

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    And the days prior, as well? Not surprised, as some work projects in Sac/Bay Area were rained out. Any new snow in the Sierra this week?
     
  13. Jan 25, 2019 #13

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    1/23 #5 is running 7:30 hours late.
     
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    What caused the excessive delays on 5 (23), and where is that train at?
     
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    It’s now in Nevada. The locomotive suffered difficulties early in the trip; it lost all of its time by Nebraska.

    The eastbound counterpart is getting walloped in Iowa, now five and a half hours late. I suppose I should count myself lucky in arriving CHI three and a half hours down last night. 
     
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    Covered here.
     
  17. Jan 26, 2019 #17

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    Been dry the latter half of this week, but more snow is expected to fall around the middle of next week. Look for massive crowds at Sierra ski resorts this weekend.
     
  18. Jan 28, 2019 #18

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    5 (27)

    Stoppages in NE on 5 & 6 due to winds over 70mph according to reports at Trainorders.
     
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    #6(26) ended up losing about eight hours across Nebraska.  Here it is running thirteen hours and twenty-one minutes late out of Ottumwa, Iowa last night.  It lost another hour at the station there.  It sounded like that delay was a PTC issue.

     
  20. Feb 5, 2019 #20

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    #5(2) has been running into delays in IA, CO, and over the Sierras (as expected). 5:30 late heading into Roseville.
     
  21. Feb 7, 2019 #21

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    5 (4) passed by Marconi/Arcade (North Sacramento/Arden-Arcade) at 4:28pm today with the usual off-peak consist (usually 2 P42, Viewliner Bag Car, Transdorm, 1 Sleeper, Diner, SSL, 2 Coaches). Expected 2.5hour delay into Sac Valley Station, and was behind a UP freight by about 10mins. Anyone know the cause of the delay?
     
  22. Feb 7, 2019 #22

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    Lost substantial amount of time in Iowa and Colorado mtns west of the Divide. Four hours down at Glenwood Springs, could only make up about half of that into Emeryville.
     
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    Most of the CZ consists I’ve seen on the webcams have been running with the Transdorm and 2 sleepers. The rest looks about right. 

    I also noticed on the Galesburg cam today that 6 (4) ran with a backwards consist after the Transdorm. So they managed to turn the front end but not the back. 
     
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  24. Feb 10, 2019 #24

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    I watched the #6(9) on the webcam pull out of Truckee at 5pm today. I attempted to count the cars, but it was almost a white out
     
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    #5(8) ran 5:25 late in to Naperville Friday.
     

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