Tracks blocked between Quantico and Alexandria

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    I'm sitting on northbound 80 just outside the Quantico Station. We stopped at the station, let people off, and then we backed up a couple oh hundred feet. Then we were told there are downed trees on the tracks (from some T storms that passed through earlier) and nobody is going anywhere until the mess is cleared. Train crew isn't giving an estimate of how long this is going to take. I guess this is going to really mess up rushour VRE service.
     
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    Conductor got on the PA and more or less told us to contact Customer Relations after the trip for some undescribed consideration. Guess a voucher is coming my way soon.

    Not just VRE is affted. Auto train also didn't get out in time, and of course any other Virginia service.
     
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    Another announcement from the conductor. CSX says there are 6 trees down. I hope they brought chain saws with them when they went out to inspect. No telling how long this is going to take to get the trains moving.
     
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    We have some more info. Two blockages, one at Woodbridge, the other at Lorton. Crews are at the site working. Three regionals plus the Auto Train plus VRE trains north of the blockage. We have 90 and 66 backed up behind us, plus CSX freight trains in both directions. I wonder how they'll set dispatching priorities once they clear the blockage.

    BC attendant is talking about taking out the emergency snack packs. No Amstew on this train. Maybe the Marines at Quantico could do a disaster relief drill and pass out MREs.
     
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    It seems like 53 and 125 are also caught in this mess.
     
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    We started moving about 5 minutes ago. We passed the Auto Train and 2 VRE trains going the other way. Conductor says we're stopping at Woodbridge to let more trains through
     
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    90 was running 90 minutes down out of RVR. 66 is 20 minutes down out of Ashland. Depending on how CSX does getting trains moving again it may not be that bad for those two.

    It was already covered that the Auto Train hadn't left LOR yet. ;)
     
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    A freight, a northest regional and another VRE passed going south. We just started moving, hopefully straight to Alexandria.
     
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    Now we're moving north slowly past another VRE
     
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    We're stopped again 10 miles out from ALX and guess what, conductor says there are more trees down. Who knows when we get in. Way to go CSX! I guess you can save money by not paying people to take put trees and letting the storms do it. :)
     
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    Sounds like it's part of a system that's moving through Spotsylvania County and points north. I was watching the weather on my local news earlier.
     
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    We're still stpped long enough to let one southbound freight go by and now a northbound freight just passed us. Obviously at least some tracks are open. We've been sitting long enough that if they just let us procced directly, we'd have been in Union Station long ago and out of they way of any freight trains.
     
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    Now we have to wait for some fresh conductors, as our current ones are timing out. And another northbound freight passed us.
     
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    How do I contact customer relations to request my refund/voucher?
     
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    Personally I wouldn’t be calling Amtrak for a voucher. This is something that is on CSX. NOT Amtrak. Downed trees are out of any railroads control.
     
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    New conductors on board and we are finally moving
     
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    Actually, the Auto train was already out and about when this started....which is why the OP mentioned it was north of the blockage.

    Call the 1-800 number and ask for customer relations.
     
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    Oh, so CSX will give me a voucher to ride hobo class in a boxcar the next time I want to take a ride down the A Line?

    As the lady said on my trip down, "Next time I'll take a freight train."
     
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    This is not my all time record Amtrak delay. That was a 10 (or mabe it was 10.5) hour delay on the Capitol Limited in 2007 due to winter weather tying up the NS main line in Indiana. However, I think it does beat the time in 2011 when the HHP8 on 67 conked out in 12 F weather between rt 128 and Providence, and they took us back to Boston and we hung out on the hard metal seats in the South Station waiting room foe a couple of hours. At least the wifi was working even if the station was closed.

    Of course, we're nowhere near Baltimore yet, we not even in Washington, just pulling into Alexandria.
     
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    You obviously missed my point. That somethings are out of Amtrak’s control and the host Railroads control. Down trees due to extreme weather conditions is one of them.

    Why do you feel that you’re entitled to some compensation for something that is out of Amtrak’s control and CSX’s control?
     
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    Limited duration vouchers cost Amtrak next to nothing in avoidable expenses, but they do create a paper trail which can be referenced during the next congressional hearing or contract negotiation.
     
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    Do airlines give vouchers for flights delayed or cancelled due to weather. NOPE! Why should Amtrak?
     
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    Do modern passenger railroads in countries like France, Germany, and Japan routinely suffer multiple hours of weather delays? Not in my experience. So why should Amtrak? If CSX isn't taking care of business make a paper trail and then push them to either improve performance or suffer some sort of consequence. Showing a material "loss" through vouchers is a simple and easy way to bolster your case. You're not really arguing with me anyway; you're arguing with Amtrak's own conductors. If you don't want anyone receiving a voucher for weather related delays maybe you should take it up with them.
     
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    Because Amtrak has given me vouchers in the past for delays that were out of their control. and the conductor and car attendant were advising us to do do in this case. It costs them little out of picket and generates needed goodwill.

    Oh, and some of the delay was under control, as in not having fresh conductors readily available.
     
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    Amtrak isn't an airline.

    Anyway, airlines USED to give compensation for delays, even those that weren't their fault. I really don't think the current business model of the airlines is anything to emulate.
     
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