Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak’s Adirondack’

Operating Issues Disrupted Adirondack

February 26, 2020

Unspecified issues with the host railroad led to Amtrak’s Adirondack originating and terminating at Albany-Rensselaer, New York, last weekend.

In a service advisory Amtrak said Nos. 68 and 69 might continue to terminate at Albany if the host railroad is unable to resolve the operating issues.

The service disruption, which lasted from Feb. 21 to the 24, meant no service to Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Fort Edward, Whitehall, Ticonderoga, Port Henry, Westport, Plattsburgh, Rouses Point, St. Lambert and Montreal.

No alternative service was provided to those stations.


Blockade Disrupts Amtrak Service to Canada

February 18, 2020

A blockade of Canadian National tracks in Canada disrupted last weekend Amtrak service to that country.

Amtrak’s Maple Leaf, which ordinarily operates between New York and Toronto, was halted at Niagara Falls, New York.

The New York-Montreal Adirondack did not operate north of Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

Also affected was Cascades Service in the Pacific Northwest although some trains did operate all the way to Vancouver, British Columbia.

The blockades, which have lasted more than a week, are being staged to protest construction of a natural-gas pipeline that crosses Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia and is opposed by the First Nation’s hereditary chiefs.

CN has shut down freight service in eastern Canada after blockades sprang up in that region.

VIA Rail Canada has also canceled most of its services within Canada.

NY Amtrak Routes Posted Ridership Gains in FY2019

November 23, 2019

Ridership numbers for various Amtrak routes are starting to be released in the wake of the passenger carrier releasing a summary of its fiscal year 2019 performance.

This includes routes serving the Empire Corridor of New York where the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf posted a 6.5 percent increase to 390,355 passengers.

The Lake Shore Limited, which links Chicago with Boston and New York, saw a 5.9 percent gain to 357,682 passengers, while the Empire Corridor south of Albany posted a 5.5 percent gain to 1,214,206 passengers.

The Adirondack between New York and Montreal was up 5.5 percent, while the Ethan Allen Express between New York and Rutland was up 1.7 percent.

Amtrak Dome Ocean View Has Been Retired

September 2, 2019

The great dome car that was used in recent years for special duty on Amtrak trains has been retired.

The carrier’s last dome car is thought to be in storage at Amtrak’s Beech Grove shops near Indianapolis.

In recent years the car had been assigned to the Adirondack between Albany, New York, and Montreal during the fall foliage season.

Known as the Ocean View, the dome was built in 1955 for the Great Northern for use on its Empire Builder.

It was acquired by Amtrak from the Burlington Northern and given roster number 9361.

After being rebuilt in March 1985 to head end power, the car was renumbered to 9300(2) and assigned to the Auto Train.

It was renovated in 1999 and given roster number 10031 at which time it was assigned to Amtrak’s corporate services unit.

Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams told the Times Union newspaper of Albany that the Ocean View was retired “due to the age and expense of maintaining this vintage car.”

Gary Prophet, president of the Empire State Passengers Association, told the newspaper he was “very sad and disappointed” that Amtrak decided to retire the car rather than repair it.

He described the Ocean View as “a huge benefit for passengers riding through the Adirondacks.”

Agreement Might Speed Up Customs Inspections

August 29, 2019

An agreement between the United States and Canada promises to make the border crossing a little faster.

Under the pact, U.S. customs inspections will be conducted at Montreal’s Central Station, in the manner that it is done for air travel between the two countries.

However, officials warn that it will be at least two years before the inspections begin in Montreal.

Garry Douglas, president and CEO of the North Country Chamber of Commerce in Plattsburgh, New York, predicts the best case scenario is that it will be at least two years before the new system is implemented.

“There are at least six parties in the conversation,” he said.

One key question that has yet to be answered is where the funding will come from to construct an inspection facility in Montreal.

At present, Amtrak’s New York-Montreal Adirondack, stops at the border and customs officials move through the train interviewing passengers as well as examining luggage and identification documents.

That process can take up to an hour, depending on how many passengers are on board.

The move to end the border stop has been in the works for more than five years.

Agencies involved in the discussions include U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the New York State Department of Transportation, Transport Quebec, Transport Canada, Amtrak and the City of Montreal.

One idea is to use an unused track and platform in Montreal for the inspection facility.

Amtrak spokeswoman Beth Toll said the carrier will establish a timeline to implement the new inspection procedures in consultation with New York officials, Canadian authorities, and U.S. border authorities.

2 Amtrak Trains Strike Trees

August 9, 2019

Two Amtrak trains, including the Lake Shore Limited, struck trees on Wednesday night in New York State that had been downed by thunderstorms.

Train 49 struck a tree north of Poughkeepsie, New York. There were no injuries and the locomotive suffered what officials terms cosmetic damage.

The Lake Shore resumed its journey to Chicago after a 90 minute delay.

The New York-bound Adirondack hit a tree six miles south of Rhinecliff, New York, incurring an air leak and damage to an electrical box.

After being stranded for 75 minutes, Train 68 was able to move on its own to New York.

Adirondack Sked Temporarily Changes

July 16, 2019

The schedule of the New York-Montreal Adirondack has changed through Aug. 30 due to expected heat restrictions being imposed by host railroad Canadian National.

No. 68 will depart Montreal 10 minutes earlier, arrive 10 minutes earlier at St. Lambert, Quebec, and arrive at current time in Rouses Point, New York.

No. 69 will depart St. Lambert 10 minutes later and arrive 10 minutes later in Montreal.


Penn Station Work Disrupts Schedules

July 2, 2019

During the period Northeast Regional Trains 110 and 127 will be cancelled. while Keystone Train 640 will terminate in Newark and Train 643 will originate in Newark.

The Cardinal No. 51 will depart New York early on weekdays only while the Maple Leaf Train 63 and Adirondack Train 69 will run as a combination train on Train 63’s schedule. The trains will split at Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

Specific schedule changes include:

Train 51 will depart New York 35 minutes earlier than scheduled, at 6:10 a.m., and will resume normal schedule at Philadelphia.

Trains 63 and 69 will run on their separate, regularly scheduled times on weekends and July 4. Train 63 will depart Albany 20 minutes later than scheduled on weekdays and 25 minutes later than scheduled from Niagara Falls. Train 69 will depart at the scheduled time from Albany on weekdays

Reduced Fare Companion Tickets offered on Adirondack

July 2, 2019

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the New York-Montreal Adirondack, Amtrak is offering a 45 percent off companion ticket with the purchase of a full fare adult ticket.

In a news release, Amtrak said no special purchase or ticket is required, but the Amtrak ticket is required to be purchased within 10 days of the travel period.

Passengers who show their Amtrak ticket to or from Ticonderoga, New York (station code FTC) at Fort Ticonderoga’s ticket office throughout July and August will receive free access to the historic fort, which dates to the 18th century.

Only one free Fort Ticonderoga ticket will be offered for one Amtrak Adirondack ticket. The offer is subject to restrictions, blackouts and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased. Other terms and conditions may apply.

Summer Discount Fares Announced

May 19, 2019

Amtrak has announced two summer fare programs, including a buy one get one free sale seeking to boost off-peak ridership on Saturdays in the Northeast Corridor.

The special fares will be available on both Acela Express (in business class) and Northeast Regional (in coach class) trains between May 18 and Sept. 7.

Reservations must be made by June 5th and require a three day advance purchase.

In partnership with New York State, Amtrak will offer 15 percent discounts on regular coach fares for travel across New York State on Empire Service trains on the Maple Leaf, Ethan Allen Express and Adirondack.

Travel on the Maple Leaf and Ethan Allen Express must be within New York State, but the fares on the Adirondack apply to travel to and from Montreal

A five-day advance purchase is required and black-out dates will apply.