Do you want to know where the Texas Eagle is right now? Do you want to know when the Texas Eagle will be arriving at the station nearest to you? The procedure below isn't always exact, but it should give you a pretty good idea of where the Texas Eagle is at the moment.
To find the location of the Texas Eagle on Friday (2/6/98) or Saturday (2/7/98), click on the link below. When the "Train Arrival Information" web form appears, type "Chicago,IL" into the "FROM" field and "San Antonio,TX" into the "TO" field. Select "FEB 6 at 6 PM" as the "Departure Date/Time". Then, click on the "Continue - Show Train Schedule" button. The resulting page will tell you if the train is on time, and if not, how many minutes it is behind.
To find the location of the Texas Eagle on Sunday (2/8/98) or Monday (2/9/98) after the train has left San Antonio, click on the link below. When the "Train Arrival Information" web form appears, type "San Antonio,TX" into the "FROM" field and "Los Angeles,CA" into the "TO" filed. Select "FEB 8 at 5 AM" as the "Departure Date/Time". Then, click on the "Continue - Show Train Schedule" button. The resulting page will tell you if the train is on time, and if not, how many minutes it is behind.
Once you know if the train is on time, or how late it is, you can compare that to the Texas Eagle schedule to estimate the current position of the train. If you want an estimate of when the train will arrive at a station near you, then just put the name of your station into the "TO" field instead of the destinations indicated above.
Click Here For Train Arrival Information
Click Here For The Texas Eagle Schedule
Click Here For An Animated View Of The National Amtrak System (JAVA)
Please note: These time estimates are usually pretty close, but they are sometimes off by a LOT! A late train can make up time, so don't assume that a train will arrive into a station late just because it is running a few minutes behind. It is also possible for a train listed as just a few minutes behind to end up quite far behind.
As the train leaves each station, a ticket agent punches into the computer the time the train actually departed the station. There are not ticket agents at every station and a ticket agent will sometimes forget to enter this information. The information provided through the web is only up to date as of the time the last ticket agent entered an update. Thus, if the train has lost several minutes or hours after the last report, then the information provided by the web will not be accurate. This does happen sometimes and people do get irrate. However, this level of information is about the best that Amtrak can provide at this time and it is a lot better than no information at all about the status of a train.