California Zephyr routed thru Wyoming, why?

1240 views
4 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    October, 2001
  • From: US
  • 514 posts
California Zephyr routed thru Wyoming, why?
Posted by petitnj on Monday, September 18, 2017 7:29 AM

i checked the Amtrak notifications and saw no notice of the reroute. What is going on along the DRG route thru the Rockies? 

  • Member since
    June, 2009
  • From: Dallas, TX
  • 2,679 posts
Posted by CMStPnP on Monday, September 18, 2017 8:13 AM

They mention on the Amtrak web site about temporary schedule changes on the route and relate it to UP track work on the line.    I would guess since the line is primarily single track, they have a larger maintenance window if they temporarily close the route then try to work around the trains.    In respect to Amtrak, probably a lot cheaper to shut them down and reroute Amtrak than it is to keep a 25-50 worker track gang waiting while the meter runs on their pay.

  • Member since
    May, 2003
  • From: US
  • 12,316 posts
Posted by BaltACD on Monday, September 18, 2017 8:45 AM

CMStPnP
They mention on the Amtrak web site about temporary schedule changes on the route and relate it to UP track work on the line.    I would guess since the line is primarily single track, they have a larger maintenance window if they temporarily close the route then try to work around the trains.    In respect to Amtrak, probably a lot cheaper to shut them down and reroute Amtrak than it is to keep a 25-50 worker track gang waiting while the meter runs on their pay.

The MofW gangs that today's railroads use to maintain their track are highly mechanized and require track time to get all the machines involved in peforming their functions.  I was told by my former employer's MofW personnel that it takes about 2 hours for work to progress to where all machines are performing their function.  By the same token, it also takes 2 hours when the day's 'end point' is reached for all the machines to complete their functions and get to the end point.  These types of gangs require 10 to 12 hour days to get their most effective production value.  They cannot clear to pass trains.

Never too old to have a happy childhood!

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • 2,848 posts
Posted by NorthWest on Monday, September 18, 2017 10:58 AM

From what I understand, there is extensive tie replacement going on on the Moffat Route.

  • Member since
    November, 2015
  • 893 posts
Posted by ATSFGuy on Monday, September 25, 2017 1:29 PM

Passenger trains such as the CZ get rerouted to other routes from time to time due to track maintenance, repairs, etc.  

It will move back to it's original route after track work is completed.

Join our Community!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy

Search the Community