In Texas, there are detours of the Eagle until 22 June, involving different maintenance windows for Union Pacific, and directional running of the trains.
The westbound Eagle runs its regular route past Longview to Big Sandy where it backs onto the former Cotton Belt, then heads west to Corsicana on tracks that last saw a passenger train in the mid-1950s.There have been some delays to trains account freight train interference. On occasion, the trains have to wait for connecting buses that get stuck in traffic.
At Corsicana, the train connects to what was once the Southern Pacific Texas subsidiary Texas and New Orleans’s main Dallas-Houston artery, home of the Sunbeam and Hustler, but by 1957 only the coach-only Owl operated overnight. Amtrak ran a Houston section of the Texas Eagle (through cars connecting at Dallas) between Nov. 15, 1988, and Sept. 10, 1995, on this section as far south as Hearne.
That’s where the westbound train switches to a route once used by the Laredo section of the original Texas and Pacific/Missouri Pacific Texas Eagle west to Taylor, which is on the current Amtrak route.
Eastbound, the detouring train backtracks from Taylor through Hearne directly east to Longview.
But when will we see that 110 mph running on the rest of the Alton Route?