Amtrak Private Car Destinations and Trains

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Seaboard92

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Seeing that every once in awhile I see a post where people aren’t clear where we can get on and off trains I feel compelled to type out the list.

Region

Northeast
~Albany, NY only on trains where a locomotive is added to the train.
~Boston, MA only on 448/449, 173, 163, 149, 172, and 162. However NERs can only take cars to DC on Saturday and Sunday only.
~Harrisburg, PA. Only on trains 601, 605, 607, 610, 611, 612, 618, 620, and 622.
~Niagara Falls, NY. Originating/Terminating trains only.
~New Haven, CT. Only trains that have an engine change.
~New York, NY. Originating/Terminating trains. However NER’s aren’t allowed under normal circumstances.
~Newport News, VA. All trains.
~Philadelphia, PA. Same trains as Harrisburg plus 42/43
~Pittsburgh, PA. 42/43 Only
~Rutland, VT. All Trains
~Roanoke, VA. Originating/Terminating Trains. However can’t be cut in Roanoke can only overnight.
Springfield, MA. Originating/Terminating Trains Only.
~St. Albans, VT. All Trains
~Washington, DC. Trains with a locomotive change, 29/30, and 172, 162, 173, 163, and 149. However trackwork restricts operations to SAT-SUN only.
~Richmond, VA. Arriving/Terminating Only

South
~Charlotte, NC. Only 79/80
~Savannah, GA. Only 89/90
~Houston, TX all Trains.
~New Orleans, LA. All Trains.
~Miami, FL. All Trains.

Midwest
~Carbondale, IL. Originating/Terminating Only
~Chicago, IL. All Trains
~Denver, CO. All Trains
~Fort Worth, TX. All Trains
~Indianapolis, IN. All Trains
~Kansas City, MO. All Trains
~Milwaukee, WI. Hiawatha Only
~Pontiac, MI All Trains
~Quincy, IL. All Trains
~San Antonio, TX. All Trains
~St. Louis, MO. Originating/Terminating Trains Only
~St. Paul, MN. All Trains only if on time

Southwest
~Albuquerque, NM. All Trains
~Emeryville, CA. 5/6
~Los Angeles, CA. 1/2, 3/4, 11/14, 562, 565
~Oakland, CA. 11/14 Only. Drop Off Only
~San Diego, CA. 562, 565
~Tucson, AZ. All Trains

Northwest
~Seattle, WA. All Non Talgo Trains
~Spokane, WA. 7 to SPK, 8 From SPK Only

Canada
~Montreal, QC. Adirondack Only
~Toronto, ON. Maple Leaf Only
 
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Seaboard92

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Notable and Harmful Cuts
~Portland, OR due to ORHF in PDX running occasional excursions.
~Whitefish, MT. Multiple cars a year went to Whitefish for weeks at a time at one point.
~Huntington, WV. This killed off the CP Huntington group.
~Jacksonville, FL. Killed off the Orange Park, FL PV parking lot.
~Tampa, FL. It just makes sense seeing they already back into the station.
 

Just-Thinking-51

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5 notable and harmful cuts.

Seem easy enough to fix. If they wanted to.
 

Seaboard92

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The kicker is Portland is really easy to fix. The Portland Baby Builder is always the rearmost section. So in Spokane there would be no switching or hustling.

If you put a car on the Empire Builder it has to go between the locomotive and the Baggage car now because of the switching in Spokane. The last PV to ride the rear was the Dearing.

Now cars from MSP-CHI will be on the rear.

The Southwest Chief also has cars on the front when they are doing a drop Coach in Kansas City.
 
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Notable and Harmful Cuts
~Portland, OR due to ORHF in PDX running occasional excursions.
~Whitefish, MT. Multiple cars a year went to Whitefish for weeks at a time at one point.
~Huntington, WV. This killed off the CP Huntington group.
~Jacksonville, FL. Killed off the Orange Park, FL PV parking lot.
~Tampa, FL. It just makes sense seeing they already back into the station.
Don't know about this CP Huntington group - but the ACE folks have these to offer - using Amtrak engines and private varnish cars.
I will be riding on both of these from Chicago to Huntington

ACE (Autumn Colors Express) is operating 4 excursion trains Oct 22-23-24-25 Huntington to Hinton on the route of the Amtrak Cardinal

Web-Link:

And a consist of cars for this excursion from Chicago to Cincinnati Tuesday Oct 20 (Cincinnati Daylight Express) Web-Link:


Being a Life Member of the Friends of the 261 - don't know what will be offered this autumn with the Covid 19 -
We have had two offerings in the past years out into the western prairie on the TCW tracks Web-Link:
Friends of the 261

Can't fly anywhere without restrictions - can't take a cruise - hope the rails are not side tracked !
 
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