AmTrak has become very reliable in the last few years, they take the events which are possible to cause delays very seriously, one of them is the weather. To be more specific, if you are planning to travel by AmTrak in the winter, you might’ve asked yourself if AmTrak runs in the snow?
Quick answer: Yes, AmTrak and any other train will run in the snow, or when it is snowing.
Weather is unpredictable, snow might cause long delays or cancellations depending on how bad it is.
As mentioned above, AmTrak is working around-the-clock to monitor such kind of events, they actively monitor the weather and the railroad infrastructure, in real time, they have a whole team doing it 24-hour, it is called the National Operations Center and Emergency Management.
AmTrak will let you know as early as possible if there are any changes in the schedule.
Professionals such tree-trimming, railroad switch inspectors are on standby and ready for intervening in case of trees falling on tracks, or switches being frozen.
Of course, each route is susceptible to different delays, especially when it is snowing. So that’s a factor to consider, even if in general AmTrak can run in the snow, some routes might be extremely challenging simply because of the geographic location.
Why does snow and low temperatures create train delays?
Snow blizzards are accompanied by wind, which can break tree branches that might fall on the tracks. Low temperatures can affect parts of the railroad infrastructure, like switches. On top of these, low temperature can affect the train.
An example of a train part being affected by the winter’s low temperatures are the doors. If the outside temperature is very low, doors might get stuck, unstucking them takes time.
Depending on the snow depth, if it’s severe the maintenance company will have to run a snow plow train ahead of yours.
Bottom line, any severe weather will delay a train, doesn’t matter if it is passenger or freight.
You can always check the status of your AmTrak train.