Amtrak resuming full Chicago-to-Calif. service


September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Amtrak will resume its full service between Chicago and California later this week now track damage from flooding and a derailment has been repaired. The railroad said Tuesday that it will restart eastbound service on Thursday when train 6 departs Emeryville, Calif. The westbound service will restart on Friday when train 5 leaves Chicago.

Amtrak says the BNSF railroad, which owns the tracks it uses, has been repairing damage caused by flooding along the Missouri River and an August derailment in western Nebraska. The repairs will allow Amtrak to offer service between Fort Morgan, Colo., and Burlington, Iowa, for the first time since August 26. And Amtrak will be able to resume using the Omaha, Neb., station for the first time since June 1.