Here We Go Again with the Lake Shore Limited

With another blast of aortic air settling into Northeast Ohio, Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited was again having issues with severe tardiness on Tuesday morning. This time, it appears that locomotive troubles are at last partly to blame.

Westbound No. 49 wasn’t doing too bad Monday evening, leaving Utica, N.Y., 14 minutes late. But by the time it departed Rochester, it was an hour down and it was 3 hours and 45 minutes late at Erie, Pa.

The train pulled into Cleveland at 8:38 a.m., 5 hours and 12 minutes late. When it left at 9:49 a.m., it was just over six hour down.

No. 49 stopped near Vermilion to pick up a Norfolk Southern locomotive, No. 9153, which was the leader when the train got underway westward around noon.

In the meantime, the NS Lackawanna heritage unit also made an appearance on Tuesday morning, coming from Buffalo on the lead of train No. 205.

No. 1074 was reported past Vermilion at 12:10 p.m. with Amtrak No. 49 behind it on another track.  No. 49 was projected to arrive in Chicago nearly seven hours late at 4:36 p.m.

It actually got there at 5:50 p.m., which was just over 8 hours late.

No. 48 of Tuesday night left Chicago at 3:27 a.m., nearly 6 hours late and at 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning was projected to arrive in Cleveland 5  hours late at 10:36 a.m.

Things went more smoothly for the westbound Capitol Limited, which reached Chicago 22 minutes late on Tuesday morning. The eastbound Lake Shore Limited was ontime into Cleveland on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, all trains except the eastbound Lake Shore Limited were on time or within a half-hour of their schedule.

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