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Posted by ndbprr on Saturday, August 6, 2022 6:50 PM

i was thinking of an epic train trip.  Chicago to LA on the southwest limited.  LA to Seattle on the coast starlight and return to Chicago on the Empire Builder.  So I went to the Amtrak tracker and there is virtually no train on time .  A few regional ones are but all the long haul trains are late every day.  It would be virtually impossible to make any connections without a layover in LA and Seattle. He** of a way to run a railroad 

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Posted by CMStPnP on Saturday, August 6, 2022 7:58 PM

ndbprr

i was thinking of an epic train trip.  Chicago to LA on the southwest limited.  LA to Seattle on the coast starlight and return to Chicago on the Empire Builder.  So I went to the Amtrak tracker and there is virtually no train on time .  A few regional ones are but all the long haul trains are late every day.  It would be virtually impossible to make any connections without a layover in LA and Seattle. He** of a way to run a railroad

I'm pretty sure you mean the Texas Eagle from Chicago to LA but what do I know?

Not very many Amtrak Long Distance Passengers are on board for the time keeping or the marathon circle the country trip.   Just my observation.  Maybe you have observed differently but I have not encountered a lot of arguments between Amtrak Conductors and paying LD Passengers when the train is hours late.    Nobody seems to really care and so I would not anticipate a lot of angry letters to Amtrak management on late LD trains.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Saturday, August 6, 2022 9:40 PM

There is the Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle as mentioned, and the Southwest Chief.  The Southwest Chief is the quicker direct route, ex-Santa Fe.  I have taken such circle trips, but I always stopped a few days in the connecting cities.  Lots of railfaning in LA, and Seattle.  A side trip to San Diego is interesting, and you could make it your CA endpoint, where frequent service on the Coaster route means not worrying about missed connections.

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Posted by PJS1 on Sunday, August 7, 2022 9:25 PM

ndbprr,

According to Amtrak’s Host Railroad Report for June 2022, the On-Time-Performance for the long-distance trains is poor.
 
The Southwest Chief’s All-Stations OTP for June was 14.7% while the most recent 12 months was 37.6%. The average minutes late was 125 for June and an average of 93 minutes per month for the most recent 12 months. 
 
For the Coast Starlight, the All-Stations OTP for June was 45.8%; the most recent 12 months was 54.2%.  The average minutes late was 63 minutes for June and 86 minutes for the most recent 12 months.
 
For the Texas Eagle, the All-Stations OTP for June was 35.1% while the most recent 12 months was 50.7%.  The average minutes late was 113 in June and 90 for the most recent 12 months.
 
Since retiring in 2007, I have taken the Empire Builder from Chicago to Portland, the Coast Starlight from LAX to Portland, the Southwest Chief from Kansas City to LAX, and the California Zephyr from Denver to San Francisco and vice versa.  I have also taken the Texas Eagle, my hometown train, if you will, from Temple, TX to Tucson and LAX.  The California Zephyr was the best ride hands down. 
 
The only reason to take the Texas Eagle from Chicago to LAX is if one is going to a city in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or one of the California cities along the route.  This is especially true now.  The train is running with just one sleeper, a diner/lounge car, and two coaches. 

Rio Grande Valley, CFI,CFII

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Posted by BEAUSABRE on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 1:36 PM

Hey, Amtrak now offers Low Speed Rail!

PJS1
The train is running with just one sleeper, a diner/lounge car, and two coaches. 
That is what is supposed to be part of the "National Nework" - sorry, but that's what DPM used to call "Playing with big Lionel set". 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 1:54 PM

You should really consider going through Amtrak Vacations.  They offer several circle tour packages which include a one or two day layover in connecting cities.  Lynn and I have taken two of these tours and they were quite enjoyable.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by Gramp on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 2:28 PM

We're planning to travel Amtrak to Dallas for Thanksgiving, and fly back afterward. Set up with Thruway/Hiawatha/Texas Eagle with a roomette. Am feeling a little leary re: whether Amtrak will deliver. Read today about passengers being bussed from San Antonio because of on board septic system failure.  
What with all the challenges public transport has been having, I wonder if I should hang it up and drive. Of course then there's the question of early winter weather. 

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