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Amtrak Memories From a July 1993 East Coast Trip

September 29, 2020

In July 1993, the photographer and a friend ventured East from their homes in Northeast Ohio on a photography expedition.

Among their stops were Princeton Junction, New Jersey, on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. They also stopped on their way home at Horseshoe Curve and caught Amtrak’s Broadway Limited.

Much has changed with Amtrak’s motive power since then. In the early 1990s Northeast Corridor trains were still pulled by AEM-7 locomotives and long-distance trains outside the corridor were handled by F40PH locomotives.

In the top photograph the Silver Meteor comes thundering by Princeton Junction, led by a GE E60 electric engine.

Next up the Pennsylvanian makes an appearance hauling a deadheading slumbercoach.

The last image from Princeton Junction shows the Silver Star.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

2 New Jersey Stations Get Additional Amtrak Service

August 27, 2019

Amtrak has added addition station stops in New Jersey for Northeast Corridor trains.

New Brunswick and Princeton Junction have gained weekday service.

New Brunswick is now served by four southbound and two northbound trains while Princeton Junction now has five southbound and two northbound trains.

Most of the trains involved serve both stations and all but one are Northeast Regional trains.

Southbound train No. 111 will stop at New Brunswick at 5:55 a.m. and Princeton Junction at 6:18 a.m..

No. 89, the Palmetto, stops at New Brunswick at 6:31 a.m. and Princeton Junction at 6:45 a.m.

No. 171 stops at New Brunswick at 1:20 p.m. and Princeton Junction at 1:35 p.m.

No. 177 stops at New Brunswick at 10:46 p.m. and Princeton Junction at 11:01 p.m.

Princeton Junction is also served by train No. 193, which stops at Princeton Junction at 6:13 p.m.

Northbound, both stations will be served by train No. 148, which stops in Princeton Junction at 7:35 p.m. and New Brunswick at 7:49 p.m.

No. 138 will stop in Princeton Junction at 8:35 p.m. and New Brunswick at 8:49 p.m.

Both stations have extensive service by NJ Transit, but the Amtrak service can cut travel times to and from New York by more than a half-hour compared to the commuter railroad.

NJT Restores Atlantic City Service From Philadelphia

May 18, 2019

Intercity rail service to Atlantic City, New Jersey, has resumed. New Jersey Transit operates the service between Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

At one time Amtrak operated trains on this route.

The service had been suspended last September for the installation of positive train control on the line.

Along with restoring the Atlantic City trains NJT also restored the Princeton Dinky, which links the campus of Princeton University and Princeton Junction on the Northeast Corridor.

Installation of PTC on the two routes was delayed for several months beyond the projected finish date of Jan. 1, 2019.

The return of Atlantic City service saw the frequency of morning service at Philadelphia increase from three roundtrips to five, but a schedule change has led to some grumbling.

On the positive side NJT established a new morning arrival in Philadelphia. But NJT also ended two post-midnight trains from Atlantic City to Philly that had been heavily used by casino workers.

The workers are also upset that a train that had left at 5:45 p.m. has been moved up to depart at 4:55 p.m., which means those working 9 to 5 won’t get off work in time to catch that train home.

They will now have to wait for a 6:45 p.m. train to return home.

The return of the Atlantic City service was welcomed, though, by some who feared the route would not be reinstated because it has been the least patronized NJT route.

NJT said it ended the post-midnight departures from Atlantic City because they averaged fewer than 40 passengers a day and that alternative bus service was available.

Atlantic City Service to be Restored in May

March 4, 2019

New Jersey Transit plans to resume service to Atlantic City, New Jersey, on May 24.

On the same day it will restore service on the Princeton Branch.

Service on both routes was suspended last September as the agency installed positive train control and performed maintenance inspections.

In the interim passengers were accommodated by shuttle bus service.

That led to discontent from riders subjected to crowded buses and long commutes without being told when those conditions would end.