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Old 01-13-2010, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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"Snow drifts were two stories tall in front of the train."

Breitbart.tv » ‘Train From Hell’: Amtrak Passengers Get to Chicago 19 Hours Late
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:55 PM
 
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For those of us in Chicago, that Amtrak is late is HARDLY news. Delays of 3-6 hours and missed connections are the norm.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:32 AM
 
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Hahaha, one time it took me 9 hours on the Amtrak from Indianapolis to Chicago, and there was no weather problems!
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:32 PM
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Location: Eureka CA
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Weather affects trains,and other transit. Is this news? The last time I took a train in Canada we got to Montreal 24 HOURS late because a storm had blown out all the electrical signals causing them all to go to "stop" mode. These things happen. It''s called travel.
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Old 01-30-2010, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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Getting anywhere on Amtrak on time is an adventure. Some of it is their fault, most often it is not. Often they are at the mercy of whichever railroad owns the tracks they are using. A few years back I rode Amtrak from Reno to Denver. We went all of a quarter mile before having to stop and wait a couple hours for a track thru the freight yards to become available for Amtrak's use. That same trip the weather was so bad at one point the tracks were actually under water and we had to creep along at 5mph. We were so far behind that 30 miles before we got to Salt Lake City, the crew timed out and shut down the train. We sat on the tracks for an hour waiting for a replacement crew to arrive and take us the rest of the way to SLC.
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Old 01-30-2010, 03:48 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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All Amtrak Trains outside the Northeast are slow , hopefully when they replace there fleet soon it will be with faster Diesel trains.
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Other than the DC to Boston run, using Amtrak on a tight schedule is a serious dice roll. When we plan cross country trips (DC to the west coast), we always allow at least one overnight stopover midway as part of our plans.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:02 PM
 
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All Amtrak Trains outside the Northeast are slow , hopefully when they replace there fleet soon it will be with faster Diesel trains.
Only if they upgrade a lot of the tracks.
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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No surprise there. Stuff gets late when their is weather. I flew from Miami-Barcelona with a stop in Boston and London i was delayed 5 hours in Boston and 8 hours in London I arrived to my destination 14 hours late I did not complain to anyone it happens.
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:29 PM
 
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i rember in 2002 we h ad to sit on the track for six or more hours becasue they were workin on the tracks they wouldn not let us by
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