Private Car Notice 4-04

Subject:

Service Disruptions, UP Rate Increase
CSX Switching Policy Change

Date: June 7, 2004    From: Don Cushine

Service Adjustments Coast Starlight Bridge Damage Due to Fire

A wildfire was reported in the Gaviota area, 31 miles north of Santa Barbara, MP 367.4 on the Santa Barbara Subdivision of the UPRR. The UPRR closed the railroad until the fire was extinguished and the right of way could be inspected. As a result the following service disruptions were necessary:

  • Train 11(04) was terminated at Guadalupe MP 273.2. Passengers were handled by alternate transportation to destinations.

  • Train 775(05) was terminated at Santa Barbara MP367.4 with passengers handled by alternate transportation to destinations./

  • Train 774(06) will originate in Santa Barbara with alternate transportation from San Luis Obispo.

  • Train 11(05) was terminated at San Luis Obispo. Passengers will be handled via alternate transportation. Equipment will be turned at Guadalupe and represent Train 14(07), that will originate at San Luis Obispo.

  • Train 14(06) will originate San Luis Obispo with alternate transportation from Los Angeles.

  • Train 775(06) was terminated at Santa Barbara MP367.4, passengers to alternate transportation.

    Initial information is that the fire caused considerable damage and a complete inspection will be performed this morning (June 7th). The UPRR reported at 3:00 PM-CT, June 6th that initial inspection revealed approximately 500 feet of the north end of the bridge has been destroyed.

    UPRR updated at 7:00PM-CT, 6 June that upon further inspection that 550 feet of north end of bridge destroyed and necessary to replace 550 feet of custom cut timbers that must be shipped to the site. UPRR estimates repairs will not be completed for 5 to 7 days.

    Auto Train and Silver Service Service Adjustments Due To Trackwork

    **************************(Project Extended to July 7th)**************************

    CSX TRANSPORTATION HAS INFORMED AMTRAK THAT THE TRACKWORK ON THE NAHUNTA SUBDIVISION SOUTH OF SAVANNAH WILL NOW TAKE PLACE THROUGH JULY 7, 2004. AS A RESULT:

  • TRAINS 97/98 ARE CANCELLED JUNE 23 THROUGH JULY 6.

  • TRAINS 91/92 WILL OPERATE ON THE CURRENT MODIFIED SCHEDULE, WITH A LARGER CONSIST, THROUGH JULY 6.

  • OTHER MODIFICATIONS TO STOPS AND TIMES WILL BE EFFECTIVE THROUGH JULY 6.

    Many of you already know that CSX is performing a major concrete tie installation project on the Nahunta Subdivision between Savannah (SAV) and Jacksonville, FL (JAX). Amtrak and CSX have completed the operating plan; which will allow Amtrak to continue to operate service, albeit with major changes, during the track curfew period.

    CSX will be installing 58,000 concrete ties, 46,000 wood ties, and 9,000 feet of rail between MP 506 and MP 561 (between SAV and JAX) on the Nahunta subdivision. Much of this work will be performed by a P811 machine, almost identical to Amtrak's own TLM, a highly productive and complicated piece of machinery. This project will be performed in three phases between April 11 and June 30 and affect the following Amtrak services:

  • Trains 52/53, The Auto Train

  • Trains 89/90, The Palmetto

  • Trains 91/92, The Silver Star

  • Trains 97/98, The Silver Meteor

    While Trains 91/92 operate with the expanded consists, we will be limited to handling one private car (rearmost) WAS-JAX-MIA/MIA-JAX-WAS. Private cars traveling from Florida will not be allowed on this train to New York due to limited track capacity in NYP.

    Boston Springfield Service Adjustments Due To Trackwork

    On Sunday, June 13, CSX will be performing track work between Springfield, MA and Worcester, MA. The work will be replacing an under-grade bridge on the CSX Boston Subdivision at MP QB 74.2 and will require the track to be taken out of service from 7:00AM until 6:00PM. The following trains will be cancelled with alternate (bus) transportation:

    Train 140(12) will operate thru to BOS making all stops.

  • Train 147(13) will originate in BOS and operate via the Shoreline (PVD-NLC) to NHV. Passengers for FRA-WOR will be handled by bus to SPG where a stub train will operate SPG-NHV. Passengers at SPG-WNL-WND-HFD-BER-MDN-WFD will ride the stub train and make a cross platform transfer to Train 147's equipment at NHV. The stub train will use the layover shuttle set at SPG on June 13 with a SPG crew signing up at 4:05PM. The crew will operate the equipment on Train 147's schedule to NHV, discharge the passengers, and return deadhead to SPG.

  • Train 448(12) - Terminates at ALB with bus ALB-BOS. Equipment turns to 449(6/13) at ALB

  • Train 449(13) - Originates at ALB with bus BOS-ALB. Equipment turns from 448(6/12) at ALB

  • Train 140(13) will be the first train to operate thru the affected area once the track is returned to service.

    Downeaster Service Suspended - The Last Week In July

    The Democratic National Convention will take place at the Fleet center, directly above Boston North Station. As a Security measure, North Station will be closed while the Convention is taking place.

    The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, therefore, is suspending Downeaster train service (Boston-Portland) from July 24 through July 31, 2004.

    Guilford Industries, which owns the track in Maine and New Hampshire over which the Downeaster operates, will be taking advantage of this suspension of service to make track improvements that will in the future, allow Downeaster trains to operate at higher speeds.

    If you have a scheduled trip any of the trains listed above during the affected dates, please contact us.

    UP Switching Rate Increase

    Effective immediately, the UP has raised its switching rates by 5.5%. Listed below are the old rates and the current rates.

  • Old Rate: $334, $667, $1,111

  • Current Rate: $352, $703, $1,172

    CSX Switching Policy Change

    Also effective immediately, CSX has changed its policy regarding switching. You now must contact Mark Spalding of CSX (904) 359-1880 or mark_spalding@csx.com directly when CSX switching or movement of a private car is required. They will set up the move and bill you directly and per Mark, these moves must be submitted 30 days in advance. However, we will still stay in contact with CSX to insure that the move is properly coordinated.

    Thanks, Don


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