History of US Passenger Train Inaugurations & Discontinuances

 

NARP-Compiled History of Passenger Train Inaugurations and Discontinuances in the United States, 1827 to 2005.

 

1827    B&O chartered

1829    B&O Baltimore-Relay-Ellicott

1830    South Carolina RR at Charleston (to Hamburg/Augusta?)

1831    Aug. 9--Mohawk & Hudson, Albany (Western Ave.)-Schenectady

        C&A Bordentown-Hightstown

1832    NJRR (pre-PRR) Jersey City-Newark-Elizabeth

        May 1--New York & Harlem RR, to 23rd (horse)

        May 14--M&H in Albany (Western Ave. east to river at Gansevoort)

        B&O to Point of Rocks

        Saratoga & Schenectady (pre-D&H)

        C&A Hightstown-South Amboy

1833    NJRR Elizabeth-New Brunswick

        Petersburg Railroad, Petersburg-Weldon

1834    Mar.--Allegheny Portage RR (Hollidaysburg-Johnstown)

        Apr. 16--B&W Boston-Newton

        May 1--NY&H to 85th

        Philadelphia & Columbia (pre-PRR)

        Philadelphia & Trenton (pre-PRR)

        C&A Bordentown-Camden

        Sept.--B&P, Boston-Canton

1835    July--B&P, Canton-Providence

        Aug. 25--B&O Relay-Washington

1836    Feb. 13--RF&P Richmond-S. Anna (north of Ashland)

        B&O to Harpers Ferry

        Utica & Schenectady (pre-NYC)

1837    pre-PRR Phila.-Perryville, Havre de Grace-Balto.

        RF&P S. Anna-Fredericksburg

        Oct. 26--NY&H to 125th

        C&A Bordentown-Trenton

        Towanda RR, Rochester-Batavia-Attica

1838    pre-PRR Harrisburg-Lancaster

        Feb.--MC Detroit-Ypsilanti

        Det.&Pont., Detroit-Royal Oak

        Western Railroad Worcester-Springfield

        Richmond & Petersburg (north bank)

1839    Det.&Pont., Royal Oak-Birmingham

        Syracuse & Utica

        C&A Trenton-Princeton-New Brunswick

1840    Wilmington & Weldon, Weldon-Wilson-(Wilmington)

1841    Western RR Springfield-State Line (NY)

1842    B&O to Martinsburg

        July 4 -- Det.&Pont., Birmingham-Pontiac

        Nov. 1--RF&P Fred.-Aquia

        Albany & West Stockbridge, Rensselaer-State Line

        Auburn & Syracuse

1843    Auburn & Rochester

        Attica & Buffalo (these 2 make first ALB-BUF link)

1844    H&NH New Haven-Springfield

1845    Buffalo & Niagara Falls

1846    Mich. Central Ypsilanti-Kalamazoo

        Cincinnati & Hamilton (later B&O)

1847    B&O station, Martinsburg

1848    NY&NH station, New Rochelle

        Dec. 18--First RR in Chicago (pre-C&NW)

1849    MC Kalamazoo-New Buffalo

        Sept. 1--PRR Harrisburg-Lewistown; Lewistown station

        Dec. 24--PRR Lewistown-McVeytown

        Dec. 31--Hudson River RR, New York (30 St)-Poughkeepsie

1850    June 10--PRR McVeytown-Huntingdon

        Sept. 2--pre-CB&Q W. Chi. (C&NW)-Aurora

        Sept. 17--PRR Huntingdon-Hollidaysburg (New Portage RR)

        Oct. 29--MC New Buffalo-Michigan City

        Nov. 20--Milwaukee-Wauwatosa (1st in Wis.)

        Buffalo & Rochester, Buffalo-Batavia

1851    Feb. 25--Wauwatosa-Brookfield-Waukesha

        Oct. 1--Hudson River RR, Poughkeepsie-Rensselaer

        Oct. 4--Mich. So. White Pigeon-Elkhart-South Bend

        Oct.--Alex. & Orange, Alex.-Manassas Jct.

1852    LS (predecessor) Buffalo-Erie

        Feb. 20--MS&NI South Bend-Porter-Gary-Chicago

        First train in Cleveland, B&O from Akron

        May 21--MC, Mich. City-Porter-Kensington (Chi. via IC)

        Alex. & Orange, Manassas-Culpeper

        Dec. 10--1st Phila.-Pitts. thru train (P&C, PRR, NPRR, PRR)

        Dec. 24--B&O to Wheeling

1853    July 11--IC Chicago-Kankakee

        July--Pacific RR St. Louis-Pacific

        Rochester & Syracuse (completes current ALB-BUF route)

1854    Feb. 15--PRR Hollidaysburg-Cresson (Horseshoe)

        Alex. & Orange, Culpeper-Gordonsville

        Apr. 1--Blue Ridge Railroad, Charlottesville-Waynesboro

        May 18--Milwaukee-Milton-Madison route complete

        June 24--New Albany&Salem, New Albany-Crawfordsville-Monon-Michigan City

        July 24--IC Kankakee-Champaign

        Nov. 15--[O&I Crestline-Fort Wayne]

        Nov. 22--IC Cairo-Sandoval

1855    Milw. & Watertown, Brookfield-Watertown

        Sept. 27--IC Champaign-Centralia

        NCRR through Salisbury

        1855 PRR Pacific-Jefferson City

1856    Jan.--[O&I Fort Wayne-Columbia City]

        July--[DM&T/Mich. So. Detroit-Toledo, parallel MC built 1873]

        Completion of NCRR, Morehead-Selma-Raleigh-Greensboro-Charlotte

        [PFW&C Columbia City-Plymouth]

1857    M&T (IC) Memphis-Grenada

        Portage-New Lisbon

        Watertown-Columbus

        Northeastern RR Charleston-Florence

        Virginia Central Waynesboro-Clifton Forge

        Iron Mountain St. Louis-De Soto

1858    Jan. 1--Alexandria & Washington (south shore)

        Apr. 2--Iron Mountain De Soto-Pilot Knob

        Mar. 31--NOJ&GN (IC) New Orleans-Jackson-Canton

        July--PRR Jefferson City-Tipton

        Oct.--New Lisbon-La Crosse

        MC (IC) Jackson, Tenn.-Holly Spr.

        Northwest Virginia (B&O) Grafton-Parkersburg

        MS Elkhart-Toledo (replacing Adrian route)

1859    Jan. 1--[PFW&C Plymouth-Valpo-Gary-Chicago]

1860    Jan. 31--MC (IC) Canton-Grenada-Holly Spr.

1861    Jan.--pre-SP open Houston-Orange, soon closes

        A&W Va. shore-Washington (over Long Bridge)

1862    St.P&P (pre GN), St. Paul-St. Anthony (No. Minneapolis)

        Hamilton-Connersville (C&I Jct.)

1864    San Francisco-San Jose; Oak.-Newark opened by pre-SP cos.

        Aug. 1--PRR Independence-Kansas City (not connected to Tipton)

        Columbus-Portage

        C&A/NJRR Trenton-Princeton Jct.-Monmouth Jct.

1865    Sept. 19--PRR Tipton-Independence

1866    PB&W (pre-PRR) first Susquehanna bridge

        Rensselaer-Albany bridge

        St.P&P Minneapolis-St. Cloud

1867    Petersburg connection (R&P-Petersburg RR)

        July 1--C&O Clifton Forge-Covington

1868    June 19--first CP train Sacramento-Reno

        PB&W Baltimore-Bowie-Popes Creek

        AT&SF Topeka-Emporia

        Several Ohio lines form into Lake Shore

1869    Lake Shore merges with Mich. So. into LS&MS

        Mar. 13--SP opens San Jose-Gilroy

        May 10--CP-UP meet at Promontory

        June 1--pre-SP co. opens Roseville-Marysville

        July 31--pre-SP co. opens Algiers (NOL)-Morgan City

        Aug. 11--CP Sacramento-Stockton

        Dec. 25--pre-SP co. opens Portland-Oregon City

        Columbus-Portage (Wis.)

        C&O Covington-White Sulphur Springs

        Connersville-Indianapolis (Cin. & Indianapolis Jct., later B&O)

        Omaha&SW (CB&Q) Omaha-LaPlatte

1870    Jan. 15--Cal P opens Sac.-Vallejo (Altamont opened '69)

        Sept. 27--pre-SP Oregon City-Salem

        Burl.&Mo. Riv. (CB&Q) Plattsmouth-Oreapolis-Ashland-Lincoln

1871    O&SW LaPlatte-Oreapolis

        NP Duluth-Brainerd-Staples-Fargo

1872    July 2--B&P (Balto.)-Bowie-Washington

        Alex. & Fred. (B&P-owned), Alexandria-Quantico

        July 18--Potomac RR (RF&P-owned) Aquia-Quantico

        Sept. 1--pre-SP Marysville-Redding

        AT&SF Emporia-Dodge City

        CM&StP, Milwaukee-Chicago

        Nov. 4--Iron Mountain Pilot Knob-Mo./Ark. line

        Dec. 3--pre-SP Salem-Eugene-Roseburg

1873    Jan. 7--Cairo & Fulton Mo./Ark. Line-Newport

        Jan. 28--C&O White Sulphur Springs-Huntington

        Feb. 7--C&F Newport-North Little Rock

        Mar.--pre-SP Houston-Dallas-Denison

        May 25--B&O Washington-Point of Rocks

        July 1--T&P Longview-Dallas

        Aug. 12--SP Gilroy-Soledad

        Dec. 21--C&F North Little Rock-Little Rock

        Dec. 24--MC (IC) Jackson, Tenn.-East Cairo, Ky.

        Dec. 28--T&P Longview-Marshall-Texarkana

        NP Tacoma-Kalama (Wash.), to ferry into Oregon

1874    Jan. 15--C&F Little Rock-Texarkana

        Nov. 23--B&O Chicago--Willard

1875    July 16--SP Los Angeles-Colton

1876    May 25--SP Colton-Indio

        July 19--T&P Dallas-Fort Worth

        Sept. 5--SP Tehachapi route complete

        Dec. 28--IGN Rockdale-Taylor-Austin

        Houston-Orange reopens

        AT&SF Dodge-La Junta-Pueblo

        La Crosse, Wis.-La Crescent, Minn. (bridge)

1877    Feb. 5--pre-SP Houston-San Antonio

        Aug. 10--Raleigh & Augusta Air Line, Raleigh-Hamlet

        Sept. 30--SP Indio-Yuma

1878    CP Oakland-Martinez-Tracy

        AT&SF La Junta-Trinidad

        Burlington-Council Bluffs

        ID&C Rensselaer-Monon-Monticello

1879    CP Suisun-Benicia (and train ferry to Port Costa nr. Martinez)

        AT&SF Trinidad-Las Vegas

        SP--Yuma-Casa Grande

        St.P&NP St. Cloud-Little Falls-Brainerd

1880    Feb. 9--AT&SF Las Vegas-Lamy-Santa Fe

        Mar.--pre-SP Morgan City-Lafayette

        Mar. 20--SP Casa Grande-Tucson

        Apr. 10--AT&SF Lamy-Albuquerque

        Oct. 18--SP Tucson-Lordsburg

        Nov.--AT&SF Albuquerque-Isleta-San Marcial

        Dec. 15--SP Lordsburg-Deming

        CB&Q Plattsmouth bridge over Missouri River

        Milw. short line St. Paul-Minneapolis

1881    C&O Richmond-Newport News

        Mar. 8--AT&SF San Marcial-Rincon-Deming

        Mar.--A&P (AT&SF) Isleta-Thoreau

        May 19--SP Deming-El Paso

        June 11--AT&SF Rincon-El Paso

        July 1--pre-SP Lafayette-Orange

        July 29--IC lines south of Cairo from 5 ft to 4-8.5

        Dec. 1--IGN Austin-San Antonio-Laredo

1882    Jan. 1--SP El Paso-Sierra Blanca (T&P jct.)

        Jan. 9--C&I Air Line Rensselaer-Dyer

1883    Jan. 12--SP Sierra B-Pecos, pre SP SAS-Pecos

        Feb. 5--first San Francisco-New Orleans train

        Aug. 9--A&P Thoreau-Needles

1884    May 1--Y&MV (IC) Jackson-Yazoo City

        May 4--pre-SP Roseburg-Ashland

        Nov. 25--OR&N complete Granger-Portland

1886    W&W, Wilson-Fayetteville

1887    (by 1887) C&O Richmond-Newport News

        Aug. 19--SP Saugus-Santa Barbara

        Dec. 17--SP Portland-Oakland route done

        B&MR (CB&Q) Omaha-Ashland

1888    W&W, Pee Dee-Rowland (state line)

        C&O Huntington-Cincinnati

1889    Oct. 29--first IC bridge at Cairo

        IC Chicago & New Orleans Limited (renamed Panama Ltd. 1911)

1891    B&O Willard-Akron

        Dec. 1--Chicago Grand Central

1892    GN over Marias Pass

        W&W, Rowland-Fayetteville, completes Fayetteville cutoff

1893    Jan. 3--completion of GN transcontinental route (in Wash.)

        St. Louis Union Station

1894    May 5--SP Soledad-San Luis Obispo

        Fall--Sunset Limited

1895    July 1--B&O electrification through Baltimore (4 mi.)

1898    Boston South Station

1899    Oct. 15--Overland Limited Chicago-Oakland

1901    Mar. 31--SP Coast Line opened throughout

1902    Broadway Ltd. (was Pa. Ltd. to 1912)

        20th Century

1903    Dec.--PM New Buffalo-Porter

1904    Mar. 20--SP Coast Burbank Jct.-Montalvo

        Sept. 2--DNW&P over Rollins Pass

1905    Los Angeles-Salt Lake line complete (at Erie, Nev.)

1906    NYC electrification suburban territory (from Grand Central)

        RF&P Alex. bypass

1907    July 24--NYNH&H electrification Woodlawn (Bronx)-New Rochelle

        Oct.--NYNH&H electrification New Rochelle-Stamford

1908    Washington Union Station

        SP&S Vancouver-Kennewick (Pasco)

        NP Kalama-Vancouver-Portland

1909    Western Pacific

        May--SP&S Kennewick-Spokane

1910    Nov. 27--Pennsylvania Station, Manhattan

1911    Chicago North Western Terminal

1913    Feb. 2--New Grand Central Terminal

1914    NYNH&H electrification Stamford-New Haven

        Kansas City Union Station

        Memphis Central Station

1915    PRR electrification Philadelphia-Paoli

1918    NYNH&H electrification New Rochelle-Sunnyside

1922    Apr. 28--first SP Daylight

1925    Jan.--SAL Coleman-West Palm Beach

        PRR electrification Manhattan Tr.-Wilmington

        new Chicago Union Station

1926    Aug. 7--Natron cut-off, Oregon

1927    Jan.--SAL West Palm Beach-Miami

1928    Feb. 24--Moffat Tunnel

1930    Oct. 15--SP Suisun Bridge

1933    Jan.--First PRR Philadelphia-New York elect. service

        Mar. 31--Cincinnati Union Terminal completed

1935    Jan.--PRR electrification Wilmington-Washington

        Dec. 15--Huey Long Bridge, New Orleans

1936    Syracuse grade separations

1938    Apr.--PRR electrification Paoli-Harrisburg

1947    Apr. 27--IC daytime City of New Orleans

1950    Toledo Central Union Terminal

1952    Feb. 11--new IC bridge at Cairo

1953    Delmar-Cape Charles, last PRR train

1954    May 1--New Orleans Union Station (site of old one)

        Maryland & Pennsylvania, last train

1955    Overland route switches from CNW to Milw

        Buffalo-Pittsburgh, last B&O train

        Aug. 6--last SP Rogue River Ashland-Eugene (-Portland)

1956    Cedar Rapids-Omaha, last CNW train

        Madison-Watertown, last Milw train (aft. 10/55, bef. 6/57)

1957    Baltimore-Hagerstown, last WM train

        Apr. 27--Baltimore-Jersey City, last B&O train

        May 18--Syracuse-Auburn, last NYC train

        June 27--Dallas-Houston, last SP train

1959    Nov. 29--E. St. Louis-Pine Bluff, last Cotton Belt train

1961    Jan.--Cincinnati-Louisville, last B&O train

        July--Grafton-Wheeling-Willard, last B&O train

        Aberdeen-Montana, last Milw train

1962    Williams-Phoenix, last Santa Fe train

        Syracuse downtown station closed, tracks used for highway

1963    Jan.--Youngstown-Cleveland, last B&O train

        June--Milwaukee-Wyeville-Minneapolis, last CNW train

        June--Madison-Wyeville-Rochester, last CNW train

        Oct. 28--demolition begins at Penn Station

1964    Cleveland-Chicago, last NKP train

1965    Jan. 3--last B&M Dover-Portland

        Memphis-Little Rock, last MP train

        Chicago-Minneapolis, last Soo train

        Chicago-Madison, last CNW train

1966    C&NW/CMStP&P Milwaukee station

        Pueblo-Glenwood, last D&RGW train

1967    Davenport-Kansas City-El Paso, last CRIP train

        St. Louis-Springfield-Oklahoma city, last Frisco train

        Kansas City-Springfield-Memphis, last Frisco train

        Atlanta-Mobile, last Crescent

        Broadway combined with General

        June 30--last B&M Haverhill-Dover

        Dec.--last 20th Century

1968    Ft. Worth-El Paso, last MP train

        Mar.--Wilson-Wilmington, last ACL train

        Mar. 30--Vicksburg-Shreveport, last IC train

        May 20--St. Louis-Springfield, last IC train

        Minneapolis-Aberdeen, last Milw train

        Milwaukee-Green Bay-Calumet, last Milw train

        Williams-Grand Canyon, last ATSF train

1969    Jan.--First PC Metroliner

        Colonie replaces Schenectady as stop

        Albany Union Station (highway on tracks)

        Chicago Union Station concourse demolished

        Palestine-Houston, last MP train

        May 31--Longview-Dallas-Ft. Worth, last MP train

        Nov. 3--Last KCS train

        Nov. 8--Chicago Grand Central closes

1970    New Lisbon-Wausau, last Milw train

        Jan. 5--Hornell-Youngstown-Chicago, last E-L train

        May 31--CHI-Council Bluffs, last R.I. train west of Rock Island

        Aug. 12--Bristol-Birmingham last SRR train (Birm. Special)

        Sept. 8--Chicago-Minneapolis "Pioneer" last Milw night train

        Sept.--Texarkana-Longview-Palestine-San Antonio, last MP train

1971    Jan.--Green Bay-Ashland, last Flambeau 400 CNW train

        Apr. 30--last of many trains

        May 1--Amtrak Day

        Sept. 8—-West Virginian added, Washington-Parkersburg

        Nov. 14--Amtrak drops CNO, brings back Panama Ltd.

1972    Mar. 5--Chicago Central Station closes

        June 11 (tt)—-Potomac Special replaces West V’ian (same route)

        Mid (?)--Seattle-Vancouver

        Oct. 28-29--Amtrak moves from CIN Union Term. to River Rd.

        Fall--"Montrealer"

1973    Apr. 29--1st Inter-American, Ft. Worth-Temple-San Antonio-Laredo

May 6—-Potomac Special dropped, Cumberland-Parkersburg ends

Oct. 28 (tt)—-Washington-Cumberland “Blue Ridge” [continues?]

1974    Feb. 14--Chicago-Dubuque Black Hawk

        Mar. 6--1st San Joaquin

        Mar. 14--St. Louis-Dallas-Ft. Worth extension

        Fall?--Riley rerouted to C&O Cin.-Chi.  

1975    Mar. 24--Mountaineer, Norfolk-Catlettsburg (through cars to Chicago)

        Apr. 15--Duluth-Twin Cities Arrowhead

        May 15 (or before) Buffalo-Detroit

        May 22--Southern 7/8 Wash.-Lynchburg dropped

        June 1--Southern 5/6 cut Atlanta-Charlotte

        July 1--Fort Worth-Dallas stub train for Lone Star

        Aug. 8--Southern 3/4 Salisbury-Asheville dropped

        Sept. 14--Floridian via Monon route

        Oct. 31--Lake Shore Limited

1976    Sept. 1--4th San Diegan

Oct. 31-—Shenandoah, Washington-Cincinnati (Blue Ridge continues, Washington-Cumberland)

        Nov. 28--Southern 5/6 (Piedmont) Wash.-Charlotte dropped

1977    Apr. 24--5th San Diegan

        Apr. 30--Mountaineer Chicago cars eliminated

        June 1--Mountaineer becomes Washington-Petersburg-Catlettsburg Hilltopper

        June 7--Pioneer (Salt Lake-Seattle)

1978    Jan. 8--Hilltopper and Night Owl combined

        Feb. 14--6th San Diegan

        July 30--Dearborn becomes a stop

        Oct. 29--Schenectady downtown stop begins (shelter)

        Oct. 29--National Limited Washington connection via Safe Harbor moved to Philadelphia.

1979    Feb. 1--Crescent transferred from Southern to Amtrak

        Feb. 1--Buffalo-Detroit discontinued

        Aug. 8--New Schenectady station opens

        Oct.--end of Floridian, Hiawatha, National, Lone Star, Hilltopper, etc.

1980    Feb. 3--2nd San Joaquin

        Oct. 26--7th San Diegan

1981    May 1--last private Auto-Train

        Sept. 30--Chicago-Dubuque ends

        Sept. 30--San Antonio-Laredo ends (also probably Temple-Houston)

        Sept. 30--Shendandoah ends; Capitol Limited starts

        Oct. 25--Spirit of California

        Oct. 25--Empire Builder via Wenatchee; new Portland section

        Dec. 31--Portland-Eugene ends

1982    Apr. 25--Starlight reroute via Sacramento

        Oct. 31--International replaces Blue Water

        Oct. 31--Hammond-Whiting opens

        Nov. 20--Silver Palm

1983    Jan. 30--last Fort Pitt

        July 10--Illini cut Decatur-Champaign

        July 15--CZ reroute via Colorado (not Wyoming)

        Oct. 1--Spirit of California ends

        Oct. 30—-Amtrak Auto Train begins (tri-weekly VA-FL)

        Oct. 30--CZ reroute SLC-Nevada skipping Ogden

        Oct. 30--Pennsylvanian ext. Phila.-NY

1984    Feb. 1--St. Petersburg-Tampa cut

        Apr. 29--New Orleans-Mobile

        Apr. 29--River Cities

        Aug. 5--Pere Marquette

        Oct. 15-—Amtrak Auto Train goes from tri-weekly to daily (VA-FL)

        Oct. 28--Carolinian

1985    Jan. 6--New Orleans-Mobile ends

        Apr. 6--St. Paul-Duluth

        Apr. 30--Silver Palm ends

        Sept. 2--Carolinian ends

        Dec. 2--Amtrak moves out of Kansas City Union Sta.

1986    Apr. 27--Cardinal reroute CIN-CHI, via IND

        Apr. 27--Desert wind reroute via Fullerton

        first summer of Cape Codder

        Oct. 26--Silver Star reroute via RMT

1987    Apr. 6--"Montrealer" annulled

        Oct. 5--Boston-NY trains again serve Back Bay

        Oct. 25--8th San Diegan

        Oct. 25--1st 1-stop Metroliner

        Oct. 25--Hoosier State restored as separate daily train

        Oct. 25--E Broadway lvs Chicago 7:55 instead of 3 PM

        Oct. 25--New Rochelle replaces Rye, NY

1988    Jan. 5--Move to "temporary" Detroit station

        Jan. 29--Harrisburg trains end Penn Center Phila service

        Summer--weekdays only CC&H connections at Attleboro

        June 12--Florida reroute Coleman-Auburndale

        June 15--Greyhound back at Harrisburg Amtrak, after 5 yrs

        June 16--San Diegans get Railfones

        June 25--San Diego-Santa Barbara

        Sept. 29--Washington Union Station reopens

        Nov. 15--Houston-Dallas "Eagle" section

        Nov. 15--Jacksonville-Savannah extension of "Palmetto"

1989    May 21--10th NY-Albany train; Sat.-only Syracuse train

        May 23--Atlantic City

        Summer--Saturday Cape Codders turn at Providence, not NY

        July 18--Montrealer restored via New London

        Oct. 27--Pittsburgh's new station opens (11/17 dedication)

        Oct. 29--3rd+4th Hiawathas, WI begins 403b support

        Oct. 29--Mobile-Montgomery-Birmingham "Crescent" section

        Dec. 17--3rd San Joaquin

1990    Jan. 20--"Eagle" goes daily, including Dallas-Houston

        Apr. 1--Atlantic City service extension to Richmond

        May 12--Carolinian resumes

        June 1--Amtrak ACY trains to Phila. Airport

        Oct. 28--Atlantic City service extension to Springfield

        Oct. 28--Second Santa Barbara train

        Oct. 28--Restoration of 3x daily CHI-DET service

        Nov. 11--Broadway/Capitol reroute

1991    Apr. 7--West Side Connection opens

        Apr. 7--"Carol." & "Palmetto" separated up to NYP

        May 3--Valparaiso train dropped

        June 16--"Pioneer" Wyoming reroute

        July 29--Move back into Cincinnati Union Terminal

        Oct. 27--6-7th Hiawathas

        Oct. 27--Local Phil.-Atlantic City trains dropped

        Dec. 12--Capitol Corrdior SJC-OAK-SAC, 3 RT's daily

1992    Apr. 5--eastbound Night Owl inland section (withdrawn Oct. 24).

        Oct. 25--9th San Diegan

        Oct. 25--4th San Joaquin

1993    Apr. 4--New Orleans-Jacksonville (Sunset extension NOL-Miami)

        May 21--Santa Clara-Great America, CA opens

        June 4--Fremont, CA opens

        July--Quincy,IL-West Quincy, MO segment closed due to floods; never restored.

        July 28--Commerce, CA opens

        Aug. 14--Emeryville, CA opens (“Grand opening” program the 13th)

        Nov. 1--Keystone service increases

        Nov. 4--Pioneer, Texas Eagle cut to tri-weekly

        Nov. 4--River Cities dropped St. Louis-Carbondale

1994    Jan. 14--SW Chief rerouted via Fullerton

        May 1--new Seattle-Portland train (Talgo)

        May 1--restoration of Executive Sleeper

        May 5--Pontiac extension

        June 17--New York-Toronto weekend night train

        July 2--ACY trains serve Cherry Hill (instead of Lindenwold)

        July 22--new rail bypass around Lafayette, IN

        Aug. 5--Oakland 16th St. closed

        Aug.--final termination of Executive Sleeper

        Oct. 30--Meteor loses Tampa section (had split at JAX)

        Oct. 30--Palmetto extended JAX-Orlando-Tampa

        Oct. 30--Star now split at JAX (not Auburndale)

        Oct. 30--Camarillo, CA opens

        Dec. 4--Ontario, CA opens

        Dec. 15--last Atlantic

1995    Jan. 31--Last Palmetto

        Feb. 1--Crescent cut to tri-weekly west of Atlanta

        Feb. 1--Empire Builder four times a week west of St. Paul

        Feb. 1--Desert Wind cut to tri-weekly

        Feb. 6--Solana Beach replaces Del Mar, CA

        Mar. 31--Last Montrealer

        Apr. 1--Last Gulf Breeze (Birm.-Mobile)

        Apr. 1--Last Amtrak Atlantic City trains

        Apr. 1--Last Springfield-Boston service, except Lake Shore

        Apr. 2--first Vermonter

        Apr. 2--Hiawathas cut from 7 to 4 RT's

        Apr. 2--St. Louis-K.C. RT's cut from 2 to 1

        Apr. 2--Detroit-Toledo cut

        Apr. 2--Pere Marquette cut to 4 times a week

        May 20--Coast Starlight upgrade

        May 22--Oakland Jack London Square station opens

        May 26--Seattle-Vancouver

        May 26--Raleigh-Charlotte Piedmont

        June 11--Hoosier State cut to 4 times a week

        June 11--City of New Orleans cut to 5 times a week

        June 11--Cal. Zephyr cut to 4 times a week

        July 1--St. Louis-K.C. back to 2 RT's

        July 16--Hiawathas back to 6 RT's

        Sept. 9--Last Broadway

        Sept. 9--Last Hoosier State

        Sept. 9--last New York-Toronto weekend night train

        Sept. 9--Texas Eagle Dallas-Houston leg dropped

        Sept. 10--City of New Orleans reroute Jackson-Memphis

        Sept. 10--Cardinal New York-Washington segment dropped

        Oct. 29--San Diegan extension to San Luis Obispo

        Oct. 29--Royal Oak, MI opens

        Oct. 29--Washington, MO now permanent stop

        Nov. 18--4th weekly Crescent trip west of Atlanta

        Dec. 15--Windsor, VT opens

1996    Jan. 7--Lake Shore loses slumbercoach

        Jan. 9--Coast Starlight runs 5 times a week

        Jan. 15--Silver Meteor lost slumbercoach (Star gets extra one)

        Feb. 1--through coaches Capitol-Three Rivers; Broadway Limited name retired

        Feb. 16—-Diner restored to Silver Star

        Mar. 14--Coast Starlight back to daily

        Apr. 14--City of New Orleans 6 times a week (not 5)

        Apr. 14--Mineola, TX opens (but Newport, AR closes)

        Apr. 14--4th Capitol

        Apr. 14--Randolph, VT opens

        June 2--Sunset reroute Tucson-Yuma

        June 28--last Chicago-Springfield Loop

        June 29--Gulf Coast Limited starts (New Orleans-Mobile)

        July 17--Crescent daily throughout

        Aug. 1--Chief reroute in Illinois

        Sept. 2--last Cape Codder

        Nov. 10--Three Rivers extended to Chicago

        Nov. 10--Silver Palm (via Ocala)

        Nov. 10--Silver Star loses Tampa section

        Nov. 10--standard consists on Lake Shore, Crescent, Silver trains; also Chief-Capitol run-through starts around then

        Nov. 10--Sunset cut Miami-Sanford

        Nov. 22--vacate SP depot in San Antonio

        Dec. 2--Ethan Allen

1997    March 31--last Gulf Coast Limited (New Orleans-Mobile)

        May 10--last Pioneer

        May 10--last Desert Wind

        May 11--daily service restored to Empire Builder, Cal. Zephyr, City of New Orleans

        May 11--Builder-CNO run-through starts

        May 11--Marcelline, MO, Emporia, KS, Lovelock, NV closed

        May 29--Hayward, CA opens

        June 3--Palm Springs, CA opens

        June 22--Carpinteria, CA opens

        July 10--Twilight Shoreliner replaces Night Owl

        July 27--Sunset restored Sanford-Orlando

        Oct. 26--Cal. Zephyr cut Oakland-Emeryville

        Oct. 26--10th New York-Albany Empire train

        Oct. 26--Cornwells Heights, PA, Fair Haven, VT open

        Oct. 26--10th L.A.-San Diego train

1998    Feb. 5--4th Eagle (new train through to L.A.)

        Mar. 11--Catlettsburg, KY closes, Ashland opens

        Apr. 5--11th New York-Albany Empire train

        May 17--restore through cars Eagle-Sunset

        May 17--3rd Seattle-Portland train, faster schedule

        July 19--Hoosier State restored three times a week

        July 19--Guadalupe, CA opens

        Oct. 25--5th Capitol

        Oct. 25--11th L.A.-San Diego train

        Nov. 7--Pennsylvanian extension to Chicago

1999    Feb. 21--5th San Joaquin, to Sacramento

        Apr. 1--Three Rivers adds refurbished Heritage sleepers

        Jun. 15--Oklahoma City-Fort Worth

        [mid]--Coast Starlight reroute Sacramento-Chico

        Aug. 16--Burlington-Rutland (state train, eliminated by years' end)

        Sept. 1--new Seattle-Bellingham train

        Oct. 24--13th weekday Albany train (11th weekends)

        Dec. 17--Kentucky Cardinal (to Jeffersonville)

2000    Jan. 31--First Acela Regional electric to Boston (2 trips)

        Feb. 27--4th Oakland-San Jose Capitol; 7th Sacramento-Oakland

        Apr. 15--Chicago-Janesville

        May 21--daily Eagle (and bi-directional Texarkana-Mineola)

        May 21--one Michigan train cut Detroit-Pontiac

        July 9--another Keystone, weekend Acela Regional

       Aug. 31--Detroit-Pontiac restored to three daily

       Oct. 6--Portland-Eugene frequency increased from 2 to 3 daily

        Dec. 11--First Acela Express revenue round trip, Washington-Boston weekdays

2001    Dec./Jan.--Chicago-Janesville, two Chicago-Detroit RT's dropped temporarily through about Jan. 26 (but leaving only two Detroit-Pontiac RT's)

        Feb. 28--weekly Texas Eagle San Antonio-Los Angeles segment eliminated (end bi-directional running)

        Mar. 5--Next Acela Express weekday trips; Washington-New York (non-stop), Boston-New York

        Mar. 24--Chicago-Janesville begins Saturday-only service

        Apr. 29--Next Acela Express, including first weekend service

        Apr. 29--Cut in Springfield service to less than six daily

        Apr. 29--Sacramento-Oakland increased from 7 to 9 daily

        Sep. 22--Last Chicago-Janesville

        Sep. 22--Alderson, WV stop dropped from Cardinal

        Sep. 22--Capitols, San Joaquins, California Zephyr, and Coast Starlight move Martinez, CA stop to new intermodal transportation center

        Sep. 22--Empire Service, Adirondack, Ethan Allen Express, and Maple Leaf move Albany, NY stop to new intermodal transportation center

        Oct. 2--Amtrak retires last Heritage sleepers, replaced by Viewliners on Three Rivers

        Oct. 21--Newark Airport, NJ station stop added

        Dec. 4--Jeffersonville-Louisville

        Dec. 15--Boston-Portland

2002    Jan. 12--Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center opens, Texas Eagle and Heartland Flyer move in next month from Santa Fe station.

        Feb. 1-- Major reduction in staffing at 73 stations, checked baggage service eliminated to 50. Some of these cuts eventually rescinded.

        Feb. 19--Downeaster adds new Saco, ME stop

        Mar. 18--Sacramento San Joaquins add Lodi stop

        Apr. 29--Pennsylvanian changed to daylight schedule across Ohio

        Apr. 29--Southwest Chief adds Riverside, CA stop

        Mar. 18--Second Sacramento-Stockton-Bakersfield San Joaquin

        May 1—-Silver Palm becomes Palmetto, loses sleeper and diner, adds Business Class

        May 1--Cardinal and Kentucky Cardinal become single-level

        May 20--Twilight Shoreliner loses Viewliner sleeper

        Jun. 16--Kentucky Cardinal loses Viewliner sleeper

        Jun. 21--Viewliner sleeper restored on Twilight Shoreliner

        Jul. 1--Downeaster adds Woburn, MA MBTA station stop

        Jul. 12--Downeaster adds new Old Orchard Beach, ME stop

        Sep. 27--Vermont loses all station staffing.

        Oct. 27--Sacramento-Oakland increased from 9 to 10 daily

        Oct. 27--Hiawatha adds a round-trip

        Oct. 28--Last New York-Springfield-Boston direct train eliminated

        Nov. 12--Cascades and Empire Builder move Everett, WA stop to new intermodal station

        Dec. 5--Amtrak, Metrolink introduce Rail2Rail ticketing agreement

        Dec. 10--Southwest Chief, Ann Rutledge, Mules move back into Kansas City, MO Union Station after 20-year absence

2003    Feb. 10--Pennsylvanian cut west of Pittsburgh (but runs to N.Y.)

        Mar. 17--Acela Regional trains become Regional

        Apr. 28--Twilight Shoreliner relaunched as Federal, runs only to Washington with Virginia connections

        Apr. 28--increased New Haven-Springfield service

        Apr. 28--Detroit-Pontiac back to three times daily

        Apr. 28--Sacramento-Oakland increased from 10 to 12 daily

        Jun. 26--Downeaster adds stop at new Wells, ME intermodal station

        Oct. 26--Cardinal extended to New York

        Oct. 27--Amtrak combines National and Northeast schedules into one system timetable for first time since 1992, adds sample fare listings for first time in over 20 years

        Nov. ??--Federal loses Viewliner sleeper

        July 8--Kentucky Cardinal (Louisville) eliminated

2004    Jan. 30--Cardinal loses Viewliner sleeper, and diner

Jan. 31--Lake Shore Limited Boston section loses Viewliner sleeper

Feb. 18--Lake Shore Limited Boston section becomes stub train with Business Class, transfer required at Albany

Mar. 16--Cardinal regains Viewliner sleeper, with tray meals served in dinette

Apr. 1--Coaster joins Amtrak-Metrolink Rail2Rail partnership

Apr. 24--International cut back to Port Huron (VIA Rail replaces Canadian schedule with Toronto-Sarnia-Toronto local train); U.S.A. schedule restored to Blue Water timings (Chi-Port Huron W in AM, E in PM)

Apr. 26--Amtrak drops Federal name from trains 66 and 67, becomes normal Regional train

Jul. 2--Amtrak extends Regional trains 66 and 67 (former Federal) back to Newport News, VA

Nov. 1—-New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian eliminated, reducing frequency on the Harrisburg-Pittsburgh segment to one daily round-trip)

Nov. 1-—New York-Pittsburgh-Chicago Three Rivers loses sleeper

Nov. 1—-New York-Tampa-Miami Palmetto cut back to run NY-Savannah only (with service at Waldo, Ocala, and Dade City replaced by Thruway bus)

Nov. 1—-New York-Miami Silver Star rerouted to run via Lakeland and Tampa, restoring sleeping-car and dining-car service to Tampa; gives Tampa attractively-timed service for first time since November 10, 1996

Nov. 1--Smoking banned on all trains except the Auto Train

Nov. 17—-Second Surfliner frequency to/from San Luis Obispo, cooperation with Metrolink; train makes select Metrolink stops and honors Metrolink single-ride tickets

 

2005        Jan. 18—-Mitchell Field Station (Milwaukee Airport) opens; all Hiawathas begin servicing the station.

 

Mar. 1--Sunset Limited schedule adds eight hours eastbound and nearly five hours westbound

 

Mar. 7--Three Rivers eliminated, Pennsylvanian reinstated Pittsburgh-New York

 

Apr. 1--Northeast Corridor services become all-reserved

 

Aug. 27—Last run of the Sunset Limited east of New Orleans; this route segment is “suspended indefinitiely” following Hurricane Katrina

 

Oct. 31--Clockers eliminated, handed over to NJT

Nov. 1--Expansion of Amtrak California Thruway routes

 

2006    Jul. 14--New Mexico Rail Runner Express begins service, a commuter railroad between Belen, NM

to Albuquerque, NM and later to Santa Fe, NM, with service 7 days a week, providing connection to

Southwest Chief.

Oct. 30--One new daily round-trip added to each of the following Illinois routes: Chicago-Quincy (Carl Sandburg, joining the pre-existing Illinois Zephyr), Chicago-Springfield-St. Louis (additional Lincoln Service) and Chicago-Champaign-Carbondale (Saluki, joining the pre-existing Illini).

2008    Apr. 7--“Northeast Regional” branding introduced, logo also applied on many Amfleet I Café cars

     Apr. 26—-Utah Transit Authority FrontRunner commuter rail service inaugurated between Salt Lake City and Ogden, operating 6 days a week, connecting to the California Zephyr

     

     Oct. 27-The Lake Shore Limited’s Boston section reinstated as a through train to Chicago, cross-platform transfer eliminated

2009    Apr. 2--Sleeper service returns to Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited   

            Sept. 25—Station stop at Leavenworth, WA added to Empire Builder route

     Oct. 1—-One daily Northeast Regional round-trip extended to Lynchburg, VA (north in the morning; south in

     the evening).

  Dec. 14--Full dining car service is restored to the New York section of the Lake Shore Limited (New York-Chicago)

2010    Jan. 18--Burke Centre, VA added as new Amtrak station, served only by Lynchburg Regionals. Previously only a VRE commuter station.

  Feb. 27–-Biodiesel project initiated in Oklahoma and later used in extended testing on locomotive #500

            working the Heartland Flyer service

        Mar. 1--AmtrakConnect free wireless Internet service introduced on Acela Express trains, later introduced on all services utilizing Amfleet I equipment plus California corridors and Coast Starlight's Pacific Parlour Car.

       

May 10-—Checked baggage service is restored to the Cardinal (all staffed stations except New York, Newark and Indianapolis, which are added later)

       

June 10—-Additional daily Raleigh-Charlotte Piedmont round-trip inaugurated, providing a third, mid-day frequency.

       

Jul. 20—-Additional daily Northeast Regional round-trip extended to Richmond, VA (Staples Mill Road station)

2011        Apr.19--Amtrak initiates Partners for Amtrak Safety and Security (PASS) Program to facilitate public involvement in Amtrak safety

     May 7-–Amtrak becomes 40 years old, kicks off 40th Anniversary year-long celebration with special display train that tours the country.

2012        April 1--Wolverine and Blue Water trains begin operating at a top speed of 110 mph between Porter, IN and Kalamazoo, MI.

May 7—-Sunset Limited schedule changed. Westbound begins departing New Orleans at 9:00 AM Mon, Weds & Sat (instead of 11:55 AM Mon, Weds & Fri). Eastbound begins departing Los Angeles at 9:00 PM Sun, Weds & Fri (instead of 3:00 PM those days).

 

Nov. 1—-Three Downeaster round-trips extended north to Freeport and Brunswick, ME.


Nov. 22 -- Three Lincoln Service round-trips begin operating at a top speed of 110 mph between Dwight and Pontiac, IL.

 

Dec. 12-—Northeast Regional service to Norfolk, VA (extended from Richmond Staples Mill via Petersburg), one round trip daily frequency.