When the LSL Was a Regular Daylight Train in Cleveland

It was in 2007, I believe, that Amtrak rescheduled the eastbound Lake Shore Limited to arrive and depart Cleveland between 6 and 7 a.m., which meant it was a daylight operation for a good part of the year.

That schedule didn’t last long and No. 48 soon enough began leaving Chicago at 9:30 p.m., which puts it into Cleveland at 5:35 a.m.

I didn’t take advantage of the 2007 window of opportunity as much as I should have. A friend, though, did. He made it a point to photograph No. 48 in as many places as he could between Cleveland and the Pennsylvania border just east of Conneaut, Ohio, during the summer of 2007.

I did get downtown on a couple of occasions to photograph No. 48 in the station, including this view made on July 14, 2007.

Note that lead unit No. 156 is the one that is now painted in Amtrak’s Phase I locomotive livery.

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2 Responses to “When the LSL Was a Regular Daylight Train in Cleveland”

  1. Philly Amtrak Fan Says:

    If the eastbound train arrived in Cleveland between 6-7am it would have left Chicago around 11pm. If the westbound train arrived at the same time, it wouldn’t get to Chicago until around noon. The 11pm departure might work but the noon arrival would make western connections pretty difficult.

    I would do a train going from Chicago-Pittsburgh-Philadelphia-New York (like old Broadway Limited/Three Rivers) traveling overnight between Philly and Pittsburgh so it would hit Cleveland in the daytime. You couldn’t transfer in Chicago but the LSL and CL still serve that purpose.

    • csanders429 Says:

      To clarify, the eastbound Lake Shore Limited effective April 1, 2007, began departing Chicago at 10 p.m. It was scheduled to arrive in Cleveland at 6:22 a.m. and depart at 7 a.m. The westbound schedule for No. 49 was similar to what it is now, leaving Cleveland at 3:35 a.m. and arriving in Chicago at 9:45 a.m. The lengthy dwell time in Cleveland for No. 48 was removed on May 12, 2008, when the arrival time was moved up to 6:05 a.m. and the departure time made 6:20 a.m. The Chicago departure time remained 10 p.m.

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