Weather along the East Coast did make a mess of the Carolinas this past weekend,Ice,Snow tend to break trees and powerlines. CSX hosts the Auto Train,has signal and power problems,may have not allowed Amtrak to run thru the affected areas.
x-press wrote:Was just informed (by Robo-call) that Southbound Auto Train, January 11 (which I was scheduled on) is cancelled due to service disruption.
Anyone know what the disruption is?
Every so often when Auto Train gets hours behind schedule Amtrak will annul both trains on one day so that the next day's departure can be time. Keep in mind that there are only two sets of A-T equipment, so if one set gets severely delayed it may take several trips where time is made up and equipment at destination is serviced/turned in less than allotted time in order to return to an on time departure. I know that on the 7th there were frozen switches between Petersburg and Rocky Mount that delayed SILVER METEOR #97 over four hours. This could have been one of the reasons why the Auto Trains that left on the 7th were about 7 hours late arriving at their destinations. There were more weather-related delays on the 8th that pushed the already late trains further behind. Andy
Ice on tracks on level ground can cause delays. Ice on tracks on up and down grades can cause long delays. Ice on trees can fell trees. Trees on tracks can cause delays. There are many ways for icy conditions to cause delays to trains.