Posts Tagged ‘Lake Shore Limited’

Amtrak Restoring Service Today

March 15, 2017

Amtrak said it would operate on a modified schedule on Wednesday in the East as a result of winter storm Stella.

The eastbound Capitol Limited has resumed operated to Washington. It had terminated at Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Today’s No. 29 originated in Pittsburgh.

The Lake Shore Limited did not depart from either Chicago or New York/Boston on Tuesday.

The Amtrak website showed tickets are available for No. 48 leaving Chicago today as well as No. 49 leaving New York.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said all long-distance trains that use the Northeast Corridor will resume scheduled service today.

The Acela Express and Northeast Regional service will operate on a modified schedule between New York and Boston with trains terminating short of their destination or cancelled.

Acela Express and Northeast Regional service between New York and Washington will also operate on a modified scheduled.

Also operating on modified schedules will be the VermonterKeystone Service and Empire Service trains. The Downeaster and Springfield Shuttle will resume scheduled service.

Kicking Up a Little Snow

February 27, 2017

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Contrary to appearances, this image of Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited was made in April.

No. 48 is running several hours late as it kicks up the snow in Berea, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Snow in Northeast Ohio, even heavy snow, during April is not unusual.

I didn’t know that No. 48 was running late. I might have learned about it from a radio transmission or simply seeing an Amtrak train come around the bend.

We don’t always get this much snow in April, but it happens. The photo was made on April 7, 2007, and was scanned from a slide.

Side by Side in Conneaut

February 23, 2017

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It was an Amtrak two-fer day although the second of the photo ops was not planned.

On Sept. 19, 2014, a friend and I made out way to Conneaut, Ohio, near the Pennsylvania border to photograph an American Association of Private Rail Car Owners special en route to the group’s convention in New England.

It operated on Norfolk Southern and was, technically, an Amtrak charter even if the only Amtrak equipment was the locomotives.

After photographing the special on the Conneaut trestle, we checked with Amtrak Julie just for the heck of it to see how No. 48 was doing.

Under normal circumstances, the eastbound Lake Shore Limited would be long past Conneaut. But the summer and fall of 2014 was far from normal circumstances for Amtrak operations between Chicago and Cleveland.

Sure enough, No. 48 was running late and we had time to get up to the former Lake Shore & Michigan Southern station to get a photo of it rounding the curve beneath the water tank.

For good measure No. 48 came up alongside a CSX train slowly making its way eastward.

Schenectady Passengers Might Have to Make Do With a Shelter Until a New Station is Built

February 2, 2017

Schenectady, New York, officials knew that Amtrak passengers in their city would need to use a temporary facility while a permanent station was being built.

But it may be that the temporary facility will provide far less comfort than anyone expected.

Amtrak 4The Albany Times-Union reported that  in a cost-cutting move the New York Department of Transportation is looking at building what would be little more than a shelter that would not have a ticket office or restrooms.

A temporary station with those amenities was to have been completed by late 2016, but work has yet to begin on it other than the construction of stairs and a ramp.

Since 1979, Schenectady has been served by an Amtrak-built modular station that few have liked.

Since 2007, city and state transportation officials have been planning to replace the 1970s Amtrak station with something more modern and attractive.

But that project suffered a setback when the lone bid for the new station came in last year $10 million over the $12 million to $15 million budget for the depot.

The new station remains on track with Gov. Andrew Cuomo allocating $15 million for the project in his proposed state budget. That is in addition to $15 million already in hand, giving planners $30 million for the station project.

The temporary station is expected to be located north of the site for the permanent station, which is expected to open in late 2018.

Bruce Becker, vice president of operations at the National Association of Railroad Passengers and a former head of the Empire State Passengers Association, said he was concerned about the proposed temporary facility.

“Our concerns are for both the benefit and the safety of the passengers,” he said.

Schenectady is served by Amtrak’s Empire Corridor trains, the Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited, the New York-Montreal Adirdondack, and the New York-Rutland, Vermont Ethan Allen Express.

Waiting for Time in Toledo

December 14, 2016
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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.

 

Buffalo Station Study Gets Funding

October 31, 2016

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved awarding $1 million to conduct a study of a new Amtrak station in Buffalo, New York.

Amtrak 4Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown will lead a study committee that will study station sites.

Work on the study is expected to begin in six months.

Buffalo has two Amtrak stations, Exchange Street Station in the city served the Maple Leaf and Empire Service trains. A station in suburban Depew serves all those trains plus the Lake Shore Limited.

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.

Trial Reroute of LSL via Michigan Delayed

October 6, 2016

A proposed trial rerouting of the Lake Shore Limited via Michigan has been postponed.

Amtrak Lake Shore LimitedAmtrak had considered rerouting the Chicago-New York train between Oct. 1-31, but did not do so because track and signal work on the route has not been completed.

That $600 million work is being undertaken on the Chicago-Detroit (Pontiac) route used by Wolverine Service trains.

The work on tracks owned by the state of Michigan will eventually allow a maximum speed of 110 mph on state- and Amtrak-owned track.

The reroute was being promoted by the Michigan Department of Transportation and Amtrak was interested in seeing how well Michigan-East Coast ridership would perform.

If the Lake Shore Limited is reroute via Michigan, it would serve most Wolverine Service stations between Dearborn and Niles, Michigan.

The reroute also would have tested how well a train would perform operationally between Toledo and Dearborn.

Entering the Shadows

September 24, 2016

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Bort Road near North East, Pennsylvania, has long been one of my favorite locations to photograph Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited.

There is a one-lane ancient bridge here that arches over the CSX Erie West Subdivision that Amtrak uses.

The sun had not been up all that long when No. 48 came charging past on a Sunday morning in early September 2016.

On the point is P42DC No. 12 followed by a still new Viewliner II baggage car, three Viewliner sleepers, two food service cars and five Amfleet II coaches.

The shadows of the bridge are playing on the nose of No. 12 as it approaches. But it won’t be here long because train 48 is doing track speed and has places to  go.

Gone From the Lake Shore Limited

September 13, 2016

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The summer of 2016 may be remembered by some as the time when the Lake Shore Limited lost its full-service dining cars.

After several of the Heritage fleet diners were sidelined with cracked frames, Amtrak assigned Amfleet food service cars to Nos. 48 and 49. It wasn’t the first time that has been done and Amtrak claims that full-service diners will return to the Lake Shore Limited once enough new Viewliner diners are built by CAF USA and placed into revenue service.

But that is for the future, which may not be until 2017. In the meantime, let’s take a look back at a time when the Lake Shore Limited still had full-service Heritage Fleet dining cars.

Shown is a Heritage Fleet diner on the westbound Lake Shore Limited in May 2014 as it makes its station stop in Cleveland. It’s still too early for breakfast so the diner is empty at this early hour.