Lake Shore Limited Train Between New York and Chicago To Be Temporarily Suspended

By Anna Breuer on 9 June 2018
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Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited train, which runs between New York City and Chicago, will be temporarily suspended until September 3 due to repair work.  A separate Lake Shore Limited train between Boston and Chicago will, however, continue to operate.

The suspension of the New York route comes as Amtrak makes repairs to Penn Station. Amtrak is updating the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge’s electrical and mechanical equipment that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy and it will also replace track in the Empire Tunnel that leads into Penn Station. In addition, it is replacing cross ties, grade crossings, and 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) of continuous rail, including the track between the tunnel and the bridge, said Scot Naparstek, Amtrak’s COO, in a meeting with reporters.

The original Lake Shore Limited, operated by the New York Central Railroad, went into service in 1897 and was discontinued in 1956. It was the line’s flagship train.

On its 956-mile (1,543-kilometer) journey, the train essentially runs along the same route as its illustrious predecessor, although its origination point in New York City is now Penn Station instead of Grand Central Terminal.  It travels along the Hudson River to Albany and, from there, continues west to Rochester, and then southwest to Buffalo.  From Buffalo it enters northern Ohio passing through Cleveland and northern Indiana until it crosses the Illinois border and arrives at Chicago’s Union Station.

The Lake Shore Limited typically includes Viewliner sleeper cars, Amfleet II coach cars, an Amfleet I Business-Café car, an Amfleet II Diner-Lite and a Viewliner baggage car.  The original service was considered the height of luxury travel as passengers boarded on a red carpet from the platform (the phrase “red-carpet treatment” originated with the New York Central Railroad’s use of crimson carpets used for boarding of its 20th Century Limited train, which also ran between New York City and Chicago).

The Lake Shore Limited reaches a maximum speed of 110 mph (177 km/h) in one section between the Hudson River and Schenectady.

Amtrak began to operate the Lake Shore Limited in 1975 although it operated the Lake Shore, with multiple stops between the two cities, in 1971 and 1972.

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