AMTRAK service update (10:45-a.m. Thu., June 16th)


June 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with AMTRAK report full service in the Western U.S. has been restored on two routes, while one service is detouring using an alternative routing.

Because of temporary levees built over BNSF Railway Co. tracks to help protect the cities of Omaha and Bellevue, Neb., the Amtrak California Zephyr (trains 5 & 6) will detour between Lincoln, Neb., and Creston, Iowa. and will not directly serve Omaha. Alternate transportation will be provided between Lincoln and Omaha (eastbound from the San Francisco Bay, Train 6) and between Creston and Omaha (westbound from Chicago, Train 5).

Daily Amtrak Southwest Chief service between Chicago and Los Angeles (trains 3 & 4) has returned to the full route following the restoration of BNSF Railway Co. tracks in New Mexico. Also resuming service are Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach Routes 8603 & 8604 between Raton and Denver and the Lamy (N.M.) Shuttle. Daily Amtrak Empire Builder service (trains 7/27 & 8/28) between Chicago and Seattle/Portland resumed over the full route earlier this week.

Information is subject to change as conditions warrant. Passengers are encouraged to call 800-USA-RAIL or visit for schedule information and train status updates. Amtrak officials say they regret any inconvenience to their passengers.