Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak eastern corridor trains’

NEC Schedules Change Today

March 28, 2022

Amtrak on Monday (March 28) changed several schedules of trains serving the Northeast Corridor.

In a service advisory the passenger carrier said the changes were due to track and infrastructure work being made along the corridor.

Scheduled departure and arrival times of Acela and Northeast Regional trains may change by three to 10 minutes in both directions between Boston and Washington.

Acela 2152 will replace the 2150, operating approximately one hour later. All Acela trains will depart Washington 10 minutes before the hour.

MBTA Project to Affect Downeaster Trains

March 26, 2022

Amtrak’s Downeaster service will be disrupted this weekend due to a project being undertaken by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Trains 691, 693, 695, 697, 699/1689, 690, 692, 694, 696 and 698 will detour via the Keolis/Western Route Main Line between Boston North Station and Haverhill, Massachusetts, missing the station stop at Woburn. No alternate transportation will be provided at Woburn.

The MBTA project involves extension of its Green Line.

Just Another Day on the Corridor

March 16, 2022

Amtrak operates numerous corridor trains but more than likely at Amtrak headquarter there is just one “the corridor” and that would be the Northeast Corridor. It has the highest level of Amtrak service in the country and, some would argue, gets a disproportionate amount of attention from the passenger carrier’s brass. The image above shows a typical NEC train from the 1980s with its AEM-7 locomotive pulling a string of Amfleet cars. It was made on Aug. 9, 1983, in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

2nd NYC-Pittsburgh Amtrak Train Deal Reached

February 19, 2022

A deal to bring a second Amtrak train to the New York-Pittsburgh route was announced on Friday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has agreed to pay $170.8 million in infrastructure upgrades to Norfolk Southern’s route between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.

The work will involve creating additional capacity for NS freight trains at yards in Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Portage, Altoona and Harrisburg.

The state will also help underwrite the operating expenses of the new train as it does the existing Pennsylvanian between New York and Pittsburgh.

It is unclear when the second train will begin. State officials had said it could be within three years but during a Friday news conference that included Gov. Tom Wolfe and Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Amit Bose, officials said it could be up to five years before the train begins service.

That estimate takes into account how long it will be before the capital improvement work is completed.

State officials said the infrastructure work will be funded in part with money the state had been saving to buy new passenger equipment.

However, Pennsylvania plans to use federal funding that it expects to receive from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to help pay for new equipment that will be used by Amtrak.

The work on NS property is expected to begin after an operating agreement with NS is completed. Officials expect that process to be finished by June.

Acela Stuck for Hours After Losing Power

February 16, 2022

An Amtrak Acela train was stalled for more than seven hours Monday after it lost power.

News reports said the train, which was traveling to New York from Boston lost power in the Hunter’s Point neighborhood of Queens at 8:37 a.m., 10 minutes before its scheduled arrival at Penn Station.

A rescue engine was eventually sent to bring the train into New York where passengers continuing to points beyond there were transferred to other trains.

An Amtrak spokesman said the train had 106 passengers aboard. One of those passengers told the Associated Press that Amtrak personnel did not keep passengers informed as the delay progressed.

Track Work Affects Keystone Trains on Feb. 27

February 12, 2022

A track work project on Amtrak’s Keystone Corridor will result in schedule changes to select trains on Feb. 27.

Train 662 will depart Harrisburg at 8:45 a.m., operating 15 minutes later from Harrisburg to Philadelphia where it will be scheduled to arrive at 10:30 a.m. Train 670 will depart Harrisburg at 2 p.m., operating five minutes earlier from Harrisburg to Philadelphia, arriving at 3:50 p.m.

Train 615 will operate five minutes later at Exton, 10 minutes later at Downingtown and 25 minutes later from Coatesville to Harrisburg, arriving at 4:07 p.m.

Train 661 will depart Philadelphia at 8:35 a.m., operating five minutes later in Paoli, operating 10 minutes later at Exton, 15 minutes later at Downingtown and 30 minutes later Coatesville to Harrisburg where it is scheduled to arrive at 10:50 a.m.

Train 663 will operate five minutes later at Exton, 10 minutes later at Downingtown, 20 minutes later at Coatesville and Parkesburg, and 25 minutes later from Lancaster to Harrisburg, arriving at 1:10 p.m.

Train 665 will depart Philadelphia at 3 p.m., operating 15 minutes later to Paoli, operating 20 minutes later at Exton, 25 minutes later at Downingtown, and 40 minutes later from Coatesville to Harrisburg, arriving at 5:15 p.m.

Storm Leads to Cancellations, Modifications

January 30, 2022

Amtrak updated its service advisory on Saturday afternoon to show service modifications and cancellations for Sunday (Jan. 30) due to a severe winter storm that dumped heavy snow on the East Coast, particularly in Boston and New York.

Northeast Regional trains 150, 160, 161 and 162 are cancelled between Boston and New York as are Acela trains 2250 and 2253. Also cancelled is Downeaster No. 690 (Brunswick, Maine, to Boston).

Service modifications include two trains originating in New York rather than Boston. They include Northeast Regional train 195 to Richmond, Virginia, and Northeast Regional train 99 to Newport News, Virginia.

The Carolinian to Charlotte, North Carolina, will originate in Washington rather than New York.

Amtrak Cancels Trains Due to Snowstorm

January 29, 2022

Amtrak announced Friday afternoon widespread service cancellations ahead of a winter storm expected to hit the Northeast today and dump up to two feet of snow in some areas.

Although most of the cancellations involve Eastern corridor services, some long-distance trains are affected, including the Lake Shore Limited.

Nos. 48 and 448 did not depart Chicago on Friday night. Combined with a scheduled cancellation of the Capitol Limited, this meant that no Amtrak trains for the East Coast departed Chicago on Friday.

Through late March, the Capitol is scheduled to skip departing Chicago and Washington on Fridays and Saturdays.

Amtrak’s website shows the Lake Shore still scheduled to leave Chicago Saturday night.

However, the westbound Lake Shore Limited from New York and Boston on Saturday has been cancelled, meaning there will be no Amtrak service from the East Coast to Chicago leaving today.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the northbound New York-Charlotte Carolinian will terminate in Washington on Saturday. The southbound Carolinian will originate in Washington on Sunday.

The same plan is in effect for the New York-Savannah, Georgia Palmetto.

The New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvania is thus far unaffected by the service cuts, but Keystone Service between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, via Philadelphia, will be limited. No Keystone trains will operate between Philadelphia and New York.

The Vermonter will be canceled Saturday the length of its route.

Empire Corridor service will be limited between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, but the Maple Leaf and other trains to Niagara Falls, New York, are still scheduled to operate.

All service between New York and Boston, as well as the shuttle trains between Springfield, Massachusetts, and New Haven, Connecticut, are canceled on Saturday.

Also canceled are all Acela trains between Washington and New York. Four Northeast Regional trains, including two that operate into Virginia, have been scrubbed. Downeaster service between Boston and Maine will be limited.

On Sunday Northeast Regional Nos. 150 and 160 (Boston-New York) are cancelled as is Downeaster No. 690.

Northeast Regional No. 195 (Boston-Richmond, Virginia) will originate in New York as will No. 195 (Boston-Newport News, Virginia).

Amtral Cancels More Trains Today

January 17, 2022

Amtrak on Sunday posted more service cancellations for Monday (Jan. 17) due to a winter storm in the eastern United States.

Canceled in both directions is the Capitol Limited (Chicago-Washington), making for the third consecutive day that No. 30 has not departed from Chicago. No. 29 last left Washington on Saturday.

The Pennsylvanian from Pittsburgh to New York was canceled as were Keystone Service Nos. 660, 661, 662 and 615 between Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and New York. Keystone Service No. 667 will originate in Philadelphia rather than New York.

Also canceled in both directions are the Vermonter (Washington-St. Albans, Vermont) and Piedmont Service Nos. 73 and 74 (Raleigh, North Carolina-Charlotte, North Carolina).

Ethan Allen Express No. 291 (New York-Rutland, Vermont) will terminate at Albany-Rensselaer, New York. Train 290 will originate in Albany-Rensselaer.

On the Northeast Corridor, Northeast Regional train 99 (Boston-Newport News, Virginia) will terminate in Washington. Northeast Regionals 152 and 189 (Washington-New York) are canceled.

Northeast Regional 156 (Roanoke, Virginia-New York) is canceled as is Train 164 (Richmond, Virginia- Boston. Thus far one cancellation has been posted for Tuesday (Jan. 18). Ethan Allen Express No. 290 will originate at Albany-Rensselaer.

Now Arriving in Stamford

January 16, 2022

Amtrak Northeast Regional 131 is shown arriving in Stamford, Connecticut, on July 13, 2000. Note the contrasting liveries of the two AEM-7 electric locomotives pulling the train. It was during the changeover from Phase III to Phase IV.