Speed restrictions in place for Amtrak due to high temperatures

In this photo taken Saturday, May 11, 2013, is one of the new Amtrak Cities Sprinter Locomotives built by Siemens Rails Systems in Sacramento, Calif. The new electric locomotive will run on the Northeast intercity rail lines and replace Amtrak locomotives that have been in service for 20 to 30 years. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

June 29, 2013 11:50:18 AM PDT
Extreme heat has caused Amtrak to abide by speed restrictions Saturday morning, which might result in service delays, officials announced.

The speed restriction will affect San Joaquin service of the Oakland to Bakersfield section owned by BNSF Railway, according to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari. The speed restriction has been implemented due to anticipated extreme heat this afternoon

Passengers could see delays of a half-hour or more, Magliari said. He encourages passengers to follow Amtrak tweets or go to Amtrak.com to check on routes and possible delays.