Amtrak No. 49 Finally Gave up in Toledo

Running more than 12 hours late on Friday, Amtrak’s westbound Lake Shore Limited finally gave up the ghost in Toledo and turned it’s passengers over to a fleet of buses.

Amtrak terminated No. 49 in Toledo and turned it to become Saturday’s No. 48.

At 7:45 a.m. on Saturday morning Nos. 48 and 49 were about to pass each other west of Oak Harbor, Pa.

Given the winter weather conditions along the southern rim of the Great Lakes, you have to wonder if the buses taking the weary passengers to Chicago also encountered problems.

The saga of Friday’s late and getting later No. 49 began on Thursday afternoon with a nearly two hour departure from New York’s Penn Station. No. 449 left Boston’s South Station more than an hour late.

No. 49 continued to lose time, departing Utica, N.Y., 3 hours late and Rochester, N.Y., 5 hours late. By the time it left Erie, Pa., at 11:14 a.m. it was 9.5 hours late.

At that point the Amtrak website went into “service disruption” mode and ceased giving reports.

But field reports posted online had No. 49 arriving in Cleveland just after 2 p.m. and departing at 2:25.

From there it was a hard slog to Toledo. Winter weather had turned the Norfolk Southern Chicago Line into a parking lot in many places as trains struggled to inch ahead.

No. 49 was delayed at CP 197 in Olmsted Falls waiting for a coal train to go into the Berea siding.

It passed Huron at 4:10 p.m. Another online report that was based on information from the Track a Train feature on the Amtrak website said that No. 49 sat for two hours in rural Ottawa County.

Photographs posted online showed No. 49 arriving in Toledo at 8:10 p.m.

The picture might be brighter for the Lake Shore Limited on Sunday. No. 49 on Saturday morning was reported 2 hours late out of Sandusky. Assuming that it doesn’t lose substantial amounts of time en route to Chicago, it should get there with enough time to service the equipment before its scheduled departure Saturday night.

Saturday morning’s westbound Capital Limited was 40 minutes late leaving Toledo whereas its eastbound counterpart was nearly four hours late out of Cleveland and Alliance.

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2 Responses to “Amtrak No. 49 Finally Gave up in Toledo”

  1. Eli Akerib Says:

    When I was sitting at home on the couch in my house listening to CSX radio chatter on Friday afternoon I heard The CSX “IG” Dispatcher talking about Amtrak 49. I heard that a new crew would pick it up at Collinwood Yard. About 5 or 10 Minutes later the Defect Detector at MP QD179.0 on the lakefront line went off. It seems like the Lake Shore Limited takes is taking the brunt of this blast of arctic air.

  2. space Says:

    Saturday morning’s westbound Capitol Limited was delayed about 40 minutes from Toledo, but ended up getting stuck somewhere around eastern Indiana – ended up being about 6 hours late into Chicago… (and yes, I was on that train)

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