Posts Tagged ‘Boston section of Lake Shore Limited’

Winter Storm Leads Amtrak to Shorten Route of Capitol Limited, Cancel Boston LSL Section

March 13, 2017

A severe winter storm that has prompted Amtrak to cancel and reduce service along the Northeast Corridor will also affect some trains operating to the Atlantic Seaboard from outside the region.

The Capitol Limited will not operate on Tuesday (March 14) between Pittsburgh and Washington.

The Lake Shore Limited will not operate between Boston and Albany/Rensselaer, New York.

Amtrak said there will be no Acela Express service between New York and Boston, and there will be modified Acela Express service between New York and Washington.

Northeast Regional service will operate on a modified schedule between Boston and Washington with the routes of some trains shortened and other trains being canceled. This will affect some trains that operate beyond Washington to points in Virginia.

Also operating on modified schedules will be Empire Service, Downeaster Service and Keystone Service trains.

LSL Resumes Chicago-Boston Cars

October 31, 2016

Through sleepers and coaches between Chicago and Boston on the Lake Shore Limited resumed operation last week after being absent for more than a year.

Amtrak Lake Shore LimitedAmtrak had instead operated a stub-end train between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, with passengers making an across-the-platform connection.

Through Boston cars were dropped during a track reconstruction program in Albany-Rensselaer.

The resumption of Boston through cars coincided with the introduction of business class service between Chicago and Boston.

That service is being provided in 2-1 seating in one end of the café car that operates between the two cities. Business class seating is not yet available between Chicago and New York on Nos. 48 and 49, but is offered on the Chicago-New York Cardinal via Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

Food service between New York and Albany-Rensselaer is being provided by an Amfleet II “diner-lite” car.

LSL Getting Business Class Service

October 22, 2016

Business class will be offered aboard Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited starting on Oct. 24.

Amtrak Lake Shore LimitedThe service will be available between Chicago and Albany-Rensselaer and Boston. Amtrak said passengers in business class will have reserved seating in car dedicated to business class.

Other amenities for business class passengers will include complimentary coffee, tea and other non-alcoholic beverages; access to digital newspapers on AmtrakConnect; Amtrak Guest Rewards® Business Class bonus points; access to Chicago Union Station’s Metropolitan Lounge; and a fully refundable ticket if canceled prior to departure.

The service will begin with Train 48/448 originating in Chicago on Oct. 24 and on Train 49/449 originating at Boston and Albany-Rensselaer on Oct. 26.

The service is not available between New York and Albany-Rensselaer.

Trackside Checked Bicycle Service Now Available on Most Amtrak Long-distance Trains

September 19, 2016

Amtrak has begun checked trackside bicycle service on most long-distance trains.

Amtrak logoThe service is available only at stations that have checked baggage service.

Passengers with bikes must check in with a station agent, obtain a claim check/baggage tag for their bike, and then give that to a crew member inside the baggage car of their train.

Passengers must retrieve their bikes from the baggage car from a crew member once they reach their destination.

The new procedure has ended the need for passengers to break down and box their bikes on long-distance trains. Checked bikes also require payment of a $25 fee.

The service is not yet available on the Portland section of the Empire Builder, the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited or on the Coast Starlight.

Amtrak said checked bike service will begin on the Seattle-Los Angeles Coast Starlight at a date to be announced.

Amtrak’s 70 new Viewliner II baggage cars have racks to hang bicycles.

Boston LSL Passengers Riding the Bus

August 16, 2016

Amtrak is substituting a bus for the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited on Aug. 21-24 due to CSX track work.

Buses also are replacing the Boston section this week through Wednesday.

Amtrak Lake Shore LimitedPassengers bound for Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Framingham and Boston (South Station) will board a bus at the Albany-Rensselaer station to continue their journey or board at their intermediate station if originating east of Albany.

The bus will not stop at Boston Back Bay station.

Westbound passengers will also board a bus at their boarding station except at Boston Back Bay, which is not being served during the time when Nos. 448 and 449 are not operating.

Back Bay passengers are advised to contact MBTA for travel information to or from that station.

Passengers boarding at Boston South Station  should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Those boarding at Framingham will board their bus at the drop-off/pick-up area for the Track 2 platform (at Waverly Street).

Worcester passengers should go downstairs to the intercity bus area and board the bus marked Premier Bus.

Buses to Replace Lake Shore Limited’s Boston Section on Certain Days in July, August

June 29, 2016

The Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited will not operate on certain days in July and August due to CSX track work.

Amtrak Lake Shore LimitedIn a service advisory, Amtrak said Nos. 448 and 449 will not run between Albany-Rensselaer, New York, and Boston on the following dates:

  • July 10
  • July 17-20
  • July 31-Aug. 3
  • Aug. 7-10
  • Aug. 14-17

Passengers will ride a bus between Albany-Rensselaer and Boston that will stop at the Amtrak stations in Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Framingham and Boston (South Station).

Bus service will not be provided to Boston Back Bay station. Amtrak said passengers should contact MBTA for travel information to Back Bay.

Passengers at South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

At Framingham, passengers will board buses at the drop-off/pick-up area track 2 platform (at Waverly Street).

In Worcester, passengers should go downstairs to the intercity bus area and board the bus marked Premier Bus.

LSL Operating With 1 Locomotive

April 28, 2016

Reports on a railfan chat list indicate that the Lake Shore Limited is now operating with one locomotive between Chicago and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

The change was reported to have begun on Tuesday and field reports indicated that that Nos. 48 and 49 each has one locomotive rather than two on that date.

Amtrak Lake Shore LimitedA dual-mode locomotive will pull the Lake Shore Limited between New York and Albany-Rensselaer where one unit has been the practice.

In past years, the motive power between Chicago and Albany-Rensselaer operated through to Boston on Nos. 448 and 449. But the latter trains have operated only between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer for the past year with through passengers having to switch trains in Albany-Rensselaer.

Amtrak has said that construction at the Albany-Rensselaer station has been the reason for operating No. 448/449 as a shuttle train rather than as a through operation to and from Chicago.

Another online report indicated that the Chicago-Boston through cars will not return until early October.

Operating with one locomotive is not an unusual practice at Amtrak, particularly on routes that are relatively flat. Among the trains that have routinely operated with one unit are the City of New Orleans and Texas Eagle.

However, the Chicago-New York Cardinal operates through mountainous West Virginia and it regularly has one locomotive. The Chicago-Washington Capitol Limited also operates with one locomotive during the winter when its consist is reduced.

Recent photographs posted on line show that single-unit running is also taking place on the Silver Star and Silver Meteor between Washington and Miami.

Boston LSL Section to Remain Shuttle Train

March 14, 2016

The Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited will continue to be a shuttle train for a while longer.

The National Association of Railroad passengers reported that No. 448/449 will not resume operating between Chicago and Boston on April 1 as earlier planned.

Amtrak Lake Shore LimitedNARP said that platform construction and the installation of new switches at the station in Albany-Rensselaer, New York, will take some tracks out of service during the coming months.

Since early 2015, Nos. 448/449 have been operating only between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer with through passengers having to make an across-the-platform connection.

The Boston section has provided coach and café service.  The full-serving dining car and three Viewliner sleepers have been operating on the New York section of the Lake Shore Limited.

LSL Boston Section Still Not Operating to Chicago

February 8, 2016

The Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited is still not operating to Chicago, the National Association of Railroad Passengers reported on its blog last week.

Amtrak Lake Shore LimitedFor near a year, Nos. 448 and 449 has operated only between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer with passengers bound for points west of there having to make an across the platform transfer.

Amtrak attributed that to construction work to expand the Albany-Rensselaer station.

It had been expected that the Boston section would resume operating to Chicago on or about Feb. 1. Now, NARP says, it is unclear when Nos. 448 and 449 might resume operating to Chicago or if that will happen.

Boston LSL Section to Return to Chicago

January 18, 2016

The Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited is set to return to Chicago in early February.

Since last April, Nos. 448 and 449 have operated as a coach-only train between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer with through passengers changing trains at the latter station.

Amtrak Lake Shore LimitedThe suspension of the Boston section to Chicago was a result of the construction of a new fourth platform track at the Albany-Rensselaer station.

Aside from providing more operating flexibility, the next track may also result in additional service between Albany-Rensselaer and Schenectady and Saratoga Springs, New York.

A second track has also been installed between Albany and Schenectady that will alleviate a long-time bottleneck on the route used by the Lake Shore Limited the New York-Niagara Falls Empire Service trains, the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf and the New York-Montreal Adirondack.

New York State may elect to increase service by extending westward and/or northward trains that now operate between New York City and Albany-Rensselaer. The state helps fund operation of those Empire Service trains.