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Date: 03/17/23 05:28
Southwest Chiefs Blocked at Topeka
Author: sfn2633

A disabled freight train west of Topeka is blocking No. 3 at Topeka and No. 4 at Osage City.  So I do think my trip to the O Scale meet in Chicago with several buddies is off.  No.4-15 has been an unlucky train considering the TopRock derailment and now this problem.

Jeff N
Olathe, KS



Date: 03/17/23 06:45
Re: Southwest Chiefs Blocked at Topeka
Author: sfn2633

WIBW reports 4 freight cars off track on south side of Topeka....Oh Well

https://www.wibw.com/2023/03/17/train-derailment-topeka/



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/17/23 06:47 by sfn2633.



Date: 03/17/23 07:49
Re: Southwest Chiefs Blocked at Topeka
Author: joemvcnj

Is there a line 3 & 4 used prior to 1979 that bypassed Topeka ? 



Date: 03/17/23 08:01
Re: Southwest Chiefs Blocked at Topeka
Author: CPMorris

joemvcnj Wrote:
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> Is there a line 3 & 4 used prior to 1979 that
> bypassed Topeka ? 
Yes. 3 & 4 bypassed Topeka prior to October, 1979.
Don't know the name of the line, but yes. Meanwhile, 
15 & 16 The Lone Star stopped at Topeka, but when 
they were discontinued, 3 & 4 began stopping at Topeka.




Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/17/23 08:40 by CPMorris.



Date: 03/17/23 08:01
Re: Southwest Chiefs Blocked at Topeka
Author: ghemr

sfn2633 Wrote:

>  So I do think my trip to the O Scale meet in
> Chicago with several buddies is off.  
>
> Jeff N
> Olathe, KS

Rather than miss it buy a ticket on SW Airlines and fly to Chicago. One hour 22 minute flight!. Simple!

Or just gas up the car.....



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/17/23 08:08 by ghemr.



Date: 03/17/23 09:11
Re: Southwest Chiefs Blocked at Topeka
Author: UP951West

joemvcnj Wrote:
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> Is there a line 3 & 4 used prior to 1979 that
> bypassed Topeka ? 

Yes, the " Ottawa cutoff " which is now called the Transcon. It 's a straight shot from KC westward that bypasses Lawrence and Topeka. 



Date: 03/17/23 09:14
Re: Southwest Chiefs Blocked at Topeka
Author: jp1822

There's a bypass around Topeka from Kansas City to Emporia Junction. Would miss Topeka and Lawrence and there'd also have to be "pilot crew" from BNSF.....



Date: 03/17/23 09:24
Re: Southwest Chiefs Blocked at Topeka
Author: ShortlinesUSA

jp1822 Wrote:
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> There's a bypass around Topeka from Kansas City to
> Emporia Junction. Would miss Topeka and Lawrence
> and there'd also have to be "pilot crew" from
> BNSF.....

Why am I reminded of a picture of Homer Simpson sitting in a recliner in his underwear with the quote "If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing" by this?



Date: 03/17/23 10:57
Re: Southwest Chiefs Blocked at Topeka
Author: P

ShortlinesUSA Wrote:
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> jp1822 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > There's a bypass around Topeka from Kansas City
> to
> > Emporia Junction. Would miss Topeka and
> Lawrence
> > and there'd also have to be "pilot crew" from
> > BNSF.....
>
> Why am I reminded of a picture of Homer Simpson
> sitting in a recliner in his underwear with the
> quote "If something's hard to do, then it's not
> worth doing" by this?

Because this attitude has affected us tremendously in real life in the last decade or two

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Date: 03/17/23 11:47
Re: Southwest Chiefs Blocked at Topeka
Author: rrman6

UP951West Wrote:
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> joemvcnj Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Is there a line 3 & 4 used prior to 1979 that
> > bypassed Topeka ? 
>
> Yes, the " Ottawa cutoff " which is now called the
> Transcon. It 's a straight shot from KC westward
> that bypasses Lawrence and Topeka. 

And nowadays, #3 & #4 would only sit on a siding awaiting all bi-directional freight trains to pass them by. 



Date: 03/17/23 16:38
Re: Southwest Chiefs Blocked at Topeka
Author: ProAmtrak

rrman6 Wrote:
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> UP951West Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > joemvcnj Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Is there a line 3 & 4 used prior to 1979 that
> > > bypassed Topeka ? 
> >
> > Yes, the " Ottawa cutoff " which is now called
> the
> > Transcon. It 's a straight shot from KC
> westward
> > that bypasses Lawrence and Topeka. 
>
> And nowadays, #3 & #4 would only sit on a siding
> awaiting all bi-directional freight trains to pass
> them by. 

Are you sure about that?



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