Waiting for Time in Toledo

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Amtrak F40PH No. 347 will lead the Lake Cities out of Toledo, Ohio, after the departure of the Lake Shore Limited, which can be seen on the far track doing its station work.It is a sad day in Toledo, Ohio. On April 1, 1995, Amtrak’s Lake Cities began its final trips to Chicago from Central Union Terminal.

Tomorrow, the Lake Cities will begin operating between Chicago and Pontiac, Michigan, thus bringing to a close an era that began on Aug. 3, 1980, when the Chicago-Detroit Saint Clair was renamed and became a Chicago-Toledo train.

The purpose of that move was to offer connecting service at Toledo with the Lake Shore Limited for Michigan passengers.

That move was a fulfillment of a plan that Amtrak had in 1971 but never implemented. The original Lake Shore was to have a Toledo-Detroit connecting train, but it never operated due to poor track conditions. By 1980, the former Penn Central route the train would have used had been rebuilt by Conrail.

A budget shortfall that led to a massive Amtrak route restructuring in 1995 would doom the Lake Cities in Toledo. Since this April day in 1996, passengers connecting in Toledo to and from Michigan points have traveled by bus.

 

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One Response to “Waiting for Time in Toledo”

  1. Philly Amtrak Fan Says:

    Amtrak/Michigan should make every effort to restore a Lake Cities type train, especially with the ability to go faster in Michigan. Ideally we’d have a third Chicago-NEC train Chicago-Michigan-Toledo-Cleveland-Pittsburgh-Philadelphia-New York as All Aboard Ohio has suggested. Not only would it be a direct train from Michigan to the NEC (no more bus/transfer during the graveyard shift), it also would be a direct train from Philly/PA/New Jersey to Chicago and eliminate the transfer in Pittsburgh.

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