Metra returns to alternate schedules

News Wire Digest third section for June 8: California Zephyr delayed 17 hours after hitting bolder; NS derailment closes Roanoke bridge
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Still more Monday rail news:

Metra back to alternate weekday schedules
Metra is returning today to the alternate weekday schedules it has been using because of the COVID-19 outbreak after a week of disruptions because of protests and civil unrest in the Chicago area. After all service was shut down Monday and Tuesday of last week, the commuter railroad operated on a Sunday schedule for five days, limiting trains on most lines and halting all service on three routes. As of today, all 11 Metra lines are back in operation, although the North Central and SouthWest services and the Heritage Corridor only offer one or two round-trips.

Zephyr hits rock, has lengthy delay in Utah
Amtrak’s westbound California Zephyr experienced a delay of more than 17 hours after a locomotive hit a boulder on the tracks Saturday night in Utah — after which passengers were transferred to the eastbound train which was also delayed by debris on the track. KUTV-TV says the train hit the rock on the tracks at 9:55 p.m. local time on Saturday night; the station reported at 4:45 p.m. Sunday that the passengers had been transferred to the No. 6, the eastbound Zephyr, to be transported to Helper, Utah, where alternate transportation would be arranged. That train was also delayed by debris on the track. As of late Sunday, No. 6 was reported to be back on the move, but some 12 hours, 55 minutes behind schedule.

NS derailment closes Roanoke bridge

Eighteen cars of a Norfolk Southern train derailed under a roadway bridge in Roanoke, Va., on Sunday, leading the bridge to be closed until further notice. There were no injuries or reports of spilled cargo, but video from WSLS-TV shows some cars stacked up beneath the 5th Street Bridge. A railroad spokesman told the Roanoke Times the accident occurred about 3:30 a.m. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.


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