Southwest Chief Delays

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Southwest Chief Delays
Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Monday, May 01, 2017 2:45 PM
Does anyone know what occurred to Amtrak #3 of April 29 to cause it to loose almost NINE Hours between Dodge City and LaJunta? My wife and I will be on the EB # 4 in two weeks and I have been observing the website and noted that #3 is now 15:27 late leaving Gallup NM. And today, #3 of the 30th has lost 5:00 hours between Garden City and Lamar. Construction?
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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 7:54 PM

I got my answer. On todays Trains newswire, it states:

Southwest Chief — A freak snowstorm between Dodge City, Kan., and Lamar, Colo., on Sunday caused significant delays to westbound train No. 3 that left Chicago Saturday afternoon. It was running more than 15 hours behind schedule into Los Angeles on Monday after operating on restrictive signals while a BNSF Railway track inspector protected highway crossings during whiteout conditions; eastbound train No. 4 is more than 6 hours late into Chicago on Monday.

And somehow L.A. was able to provide a set of equipment for # 4 (1) even though #3 had not arrived. Sunset equipment?

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Posted by northeaster on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 6:34 AM

I was on #4 that day, getting on at Lamy, NM during that odd and fierce snowstorm. What caused us to be 3 hours late was a siding switch apparently locked by MOW crew which prevented the meet of #3 & #4 to happen east of Wagon Mount, NM until BNSF got someone to unlock it. At that point, #3 was late for other reasons. A first time event for me after many years of Amtrak travel and the meet at that place was a first since we usually did so further west.

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Posted by ATSFGuy on Thursday, May 04, 2017 11:57 AM

It's too bad the Southwest Chief is no longer on a 39 1/2 schedule.

Can anyone explain why did the schedule change?

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Posted by MidlandMike on Thursday, May 04, 2017 3:03 PM

Newton, KS to Albuquerque, NM is no longer maintained for fast passenger.  IIRC there were sections of 105 mph in west Kansas.

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