LSL Boston Section Operating as Shuttle Train

The Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited (Nos. 448/449) is running as a connecting train or bus through late May. This has resulted in shorter equipment consists for the Lake Shore Limited (Nos. 48/49) west of Albany-Rensselaer, N.Y.

Amtrak said CSX track work on the former Boston & Albany line used by Nos. 448/449 is the cause of the service changes.

On Sundays through Wednesdays until April 29, Nos. 448/449 have been replaced by a bus in both directions east of Albany.

The bus serves the intermediate stations in Massachusetts of Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, and Framingham.

The bus does not stop at Back Bay station in Boston. Amtrak has advised Bay Bay passengers to use MBTA for travel between there and Boston’s South Station.

Amtrak has been running a connecting train between Albany and Boston on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays. Effective April 30 that connecting train will operate daily.

Field reports indicate that the 448/449 shuttle has featured a single P42 locomotive, Viewliner baggage car and three or four Amfleet coaches.

Nos. 48/49 have been operating between Chicago and New York with four or five Amfleet coaches, an Amcafe, full-service diner, three Viewliner sleepers and a Viewliner baggage car.

Amtrak said the Boston-Albany shuttle train will operate through May 22, serving all stations.

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