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KevinKorell
post Mar 16 2012, 04:22 PM
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Wolverine Service Delays - Trains 350, 351, 352, 353, 354 and 355


Effective March 15, 2012

Due to speed restrictions imposed by Norfolk Southern Railway, passengers traveling aboard the Wolverine Service will experience delays, as described below:

Eastbound Service: Chicago - Pontiac

Eastbound Wolverine Service Trains 350, 352 and 354 and will encounter delays of up to 90 minutes between Kalamazoo, Pontiac and all intermediate stations.

Westbound Service: Pontiac - Chicago

Westbound Wolverine Service Trains 351, 353 and 355 will encounter delays of approximately 90 minutes from Ann Arbor to Chicago.

Passengers should contact Amtrak for the most up-to-date arrival and departure times. Reservation and train status information is available on http://www.Amtrak.com/ , our free iPhone app and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience.

And there goes the savings afforded by the 110 mph running on the Amtrak-owned segment.


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post Mar 16 2012, 05:25 PM
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Sounds like corporate greed. NS wants amtrak to buy more track from them so they don't have to maintain it.
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post Mar 25 2012, 05:24 PM
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According to a press release starting monday march 26th amtrak will have trains 350 and 355 start and end in dearborn instead of Pontiac due to slow orders and track work which they say will be completed by the end of April. I hope so I got tickets for 350 from ROY to PNT on May 5th for a rammstein concert and its going to cost me $60 to go to Pontiac by cab if the track work falls behind. The entire round trip only cost me $30. looks Like my NTD trip on may 12th is safe as trains 351 and 354 are not truncated...YET.
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post Mar 25 2012, 06:26 PM
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Thanks for the latest update. I see the press release but I can't provide the link because Amtrak's site uses popups, and the temporary schedule is hard to reproduce here. You can see it from Amtrak's press release page here dated 3/23/12.

By not providing alternate transportation for Trains 350 and 355 east of Dearborn, that also leaves out Detroit. So they've temporarily cut their Chicago-Detroit frequencies by one third.


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post Mar 28 2012, 01:37 PM
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Now it's posted in the correct place:
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Wolverine Trains 350, 351, 352 and 355 and Blue Water Train 365 Schedules Change; Trains 350 and 355 Will Not Operate between Dearborn and Pontaic


Effective March 26 through April 24, 2012

Due to speed restrictions imposed by Norfolk Southern Railway, Trains 350 and 355 will not operate between Dearborn and Pontiac, starting March 26, 2012. Additionally, select Wolverine and Blue Water trains will operate on adjusted schedules. The most up-to-date schedules are posted on Amtrak.com.

Wolverine Trains 350 and 355: Service Suspended Detroit - Pontiac

Eastbound Train 350, which normally operates between Chicago and Pontiac, will terminate at Dearborn. Alternate transportation will not be provided to Pontiac.
Westbound Train 355, which normally originates in Pontiac, will serve stations from Dearborn) to Chicago only. Alternate transportation will not be provided between Pontiac and Detroit.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has been working with NS to perform work to restore normal track speeds. The schedule adjustments described below are the first in a series of service changes that will be made to accommodate Norfolk Southern track repairs, expected to begin next month. Information on upcoming service changes will be announced as soon as it becomes available.

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience. Reservations and the most up-to-date arrival and departure times are available on http://www.Amtrak.com/ , our free iPhone app and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).


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post Apr 2 2012, 09:58 AM
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Blog GasBuddy, 4/2/12:
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Railroad company cripples Amtrak service

With high gasoline prices here to stay, many are seeking alternate travels to their destinations. I took Amtrak service a month ago and was completely blown away and will definitely be riding again
Here is where to continue reading.


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post Apr 7 2012, 05:38 PM
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Amtrak press release

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IMPROVEMENTS IN MICHIGAN SET TO BEGIN APRIL 16
Temporary train cancellations, schedule changes, and service substitutions needed to allow completion of track work
CHICAGO – Following work set to begin April 16, Amtrak services for Wolverine and Blue Water passengers can expect normal travel times on Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) track in Michigan by early May.
While NS crews work to eliminate the temporary "slow orders" the railroad imposed on March 15, certain trains will be cancelled, have different schedules, or have segments covered by dedicated motor coaches, to allow completion of track work on April 16, 17, 18 and 19 (see attached.) Amtrak service in mid-Michigan will continue to be delayed from 45 to 90 minutes on Pontiac-Detroit-Chicago Wolverine trains, with lesser delays to the Blue Water trains to and from Chicago and Port Huron.
Train 350, the morning eastbound Wolverine from Chicago to Pontiac, will terminate at Kalamazoo. Passengers continuing east of Kalamazoo will be accommodated on a dedicated bus serving Battle Creek and Jackson, where passengers will reboard a train for the remainder of the trip to Dearborn and intermediate stations. Train 351, the morning westbound Wolverine from Pontiac, will terminate at Jackson. Passengers continuing west of Jackson will be provided with dedicated bus service to Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, where they will reboard a train for service to Chicago and intermediate stations. The Kalamazoo departure of the continuation of train 351 will be 90 minutes later, at 11:20 a.m., arriving in Chicago at 12:54 p.m. CT.
The late morning Wolverine 353 from Pontiac to Chicago is cancelled. The early afternoon Wolverine 352 from Chicago to Pontiac is also cancelled. Wolverine trains 354 (Pontiac to Chicago) and Train 355 (Dearborn to Chicago) will continue to operate with delays until the track repairs are completed.


PDF link http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/BlobServer?b..._(04-05-12).pdf


So much for taking amtrak the rammstein concert may 5th. WIll have to do greyhound for that and for NTD in chicago on may 12th Looks like that will be mega bus if things are not running by the end of april. so much for getting any points for the promo. THANKS NS mad.gif mad.gif mad.gif

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post Apr 9 2012, 12:12 PM
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Progressive Railroading, 4/9/12:
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NS to begin Michigan trackwork next week

Starting April 16, Norfolk Southern Railway is scheduled to begin trackwork in Michigan that will result in the restoration of normal travel times on Amtrak’s Wolverine and Blue Water routes by May, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Amtrak officials recently announced.

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New Wolverine alert:
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Track Work Affects Wolverine Service and Schedules Mondays through Thursdays Only


Effective April 23 - April 26 and April 30 - May 3, 2012

Wolverine Service schedules and service will be adjusted April 23 through April 26 and April 30 through May 3, as Norfolk Southern Railway completes the repairs needed to remove speed restrictions for Amtrak trains in Michigan.

Eastbound Train 350, which normally operates between Chicago and Pontiac, will terminate at Battle Creek. Alternate transportation will be provided from Battle Creek to Jackson, Ann Arbor and Dearborn only. Service will not be provided between Dearborn and Pontiac.

Westbound Train 353, which normally originates in Pontiac, will operate from Battle Creek to Chicago only. Motorcoach service will be provided from Detroit to Dearborn, Ann Arbor, Jackson and Battle Creek, where passengers may transfer to the train. Note: The motorcoach will stop at Dearborn, Ann Arbor, Jackson and Battle Creek stations 30 minutes earlier. Local service will not be provided between Detroit and Jackson. Service will not be provided to or from Pontiac, Birmingham, Royal Oak, or Albion.

Trains 351 and 352 will be cancelled.

Train 355 will operate on an adjusted schedule departing Pontiac 65 minutes earlier at 4:30 pm. The train will depart earlier at all remaining stations, arriving in Chicago at 10:53 pm, 10 minutes earlier than the times shown in Amtrak printed timetables.

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience. Reservations and the most up-to-date arrival and departure times are available on http://www.Amtrak.com/ , our free iPhone app and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).


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post Apr 23 2012, 10:55 PM
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What a mess. it will take a long time for ridership to recover.
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