<![CDATA[Amtrak Service Alerts & Passenger Service Notices - Midwest ]]> Weblog Editor 2.0 <![CDATA[Special Train Added to Carbondale for Solar Eclipse]]> Effective Monday, August 21, 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse of the sun will occur across much of the United States, reaching its point of greatest duration a few miles south of Carbondale, IL. Amtrak will operate a special train, the Amtrak Eclipse Express, which will take customers to see the first North American coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly a century. This service is being operated thanks to an Amtrak partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation and CN Railway, which owns the route.

Train Schedule (all times CT)
  • Train 399 will depart Chicago Union Station at 3:00 am, or Champaign-Urbana at 5:05 am and arrive at Carbondale at 8:30 am.
  • Train 398 will depart Carbondale at 5:15 pm and arrive at Champaign-Urbana at 7:55 pm and Chicago at 10:45 pm.
Aboard The Train

Early in the morning of August 21, we will dim the lights as you recline in a comfortable coach seat, enjoy cellular-based AmtrakConnect® Wi-Fi, or purchase a snack or a beverage from the Café Car. Both the main entrance to Chicago Union Station at 225 South Canal Street and the Café Car will be open prior to the 3:00 am CT departure.

Each customer boarding at Chicago and Champaign will receive eclipse viewing glasses, compliments of Amtrak and Carbondale Tourism. The special train will return to Champaign and Chicago that evening after a full day of fun.

Get Your Tickets Today

Tickets are expected to quickly sell out on Amtrak.com, the Amtrak mobile apps, by calling 800-USA-RAIL or at a station ticket office. While pet and bicycle reservations are not offered on the Amtrak Eclipse Express, both are welcome aboard six other daily Amtrak trains between Chicago, Champaign and Carbondale.

PSN 0817-132

<![CDATA[Southwest Chief Trains 3 & 4: Train Connection Changes and Possible Delays]]> Effective through Approximately September 4, 2017

Please be advised that Southwest Chief Trains 3 and 4 may encounter delays along the route due to track reconstruction being performed between Lamy and Albuquerque, NM, and in southern Colorado. This work is expected to continue through approximately September 4.

Train 4: Eastbound Delays Albuquerque - Chicago

Eastbound customers may experience delays up to two hours at stations from Albuquerque to Chicago.

Train 3: Westbound Delays Lamy - Los Angeles

Westbound customers may experience delays of up to two and a half hours at stations from Lamy to Los Angeles.

Train Connection Changes

Due to the delays, some guaranteed connections from Trains 3 and 4 to other Amtrak trains are temporarily suspended through Sept. 4. Other connecting trains and alternate routes are available in most cases, or customers may make reservations on a preferred connecting train for the following day. Impacted connections include:

  • Same day connections in Los Angeles from Train 3 to Coast Starlight Train 14. The San Joaquin service provides alternate connections to northern California and the Pacific Northwest.
  • Connections in Kansas City from Train 4 to the Missouri River Runner Train 314. Customers may use Train 316 instead.
  • Connections in Newton, KS, from Train 4 to the Heartland Flyer in Oklahoma via Thruway buses will not be available during this period.
  • Bus connections in Raton, NM, from Train 4 towards Denver will connect at Albuquerque, NM, rather than Raton.

Note that change fees will be waived for customers who need to make changes to their reservation resulting from these connections changes.

Don't Miss Your Train — Check the Train Status

Trains can make up time along the route. We encourage you to check the status of your train on your day of travel. For the most up-to-date departure and arrival times, visit Amtrak.com, use our free mobile apps, call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245), or speak with station personnel. You can also sign up to receive text or email delay alerts on Amtrak.com and when booking your reservation.

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak.

PSN 0617-117
Updated July 11, 2017