Posts Tagged ‘Boston section of Lake Shore Limited’

Track Work to Disrupt Boston LSL Section

July 22, 2021

Track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will result in service disruptions to the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited between July 23 and 26.

During that period, Train 448 will terminate at Albany-Rensselaer, New York, with alternate bus transportation provided to the missed stops of Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston South Station.

No alternate transportation will be provided to the missed stops of Framingham or Boston Back Bay. Those traveling to Back Bay will ride the bus to South Station and take an Amtrak or MBTA commuter train to Back Bay.

Train 449 will originate at Albany with alternate bus transportation provided from Boston South Station, Worcester, Springfield and Pittsfield.

 No alternate transportation will be provided from Boston Back Bay or Framingham.

Back Bay passengers will be given the option of boarding at Boston South Station or traveling on alternate dates.

Passengers at Boston South Station should go to the Amtrak information desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Passengers at Worcester will board the bus at the main entrance in front of the station. Boarding will not occur at the bus terminal.

Boston LSL Section Disrupted by Track Work

May 10, 2021

Track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will disrupt operations of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited through June 17 east of Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

On Monday through Thursday Train 448 will terminate at Albany. Alternate transportation will be provided to the missed stops of Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston South Station. No alternate transportation will be provided to the missed stop of Framingham.

Passengers bound for Boston Back Bay station will be bused to Boston South Station and then take an Amtrak or MBTA commuter train between South Station and Back Bay.

Train 448 also will observe these schedule changes on June 5 and 12, both Sundays.

Train 449 will originate in Albany with alternate transportation provided to the missed stops of Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Pittsfield.

 No alternate transportation will be provided for the missed stops of Back Bay and Framingham.

Passengers traveling from Back Bay have the option of boarding at Boston South or traveling on alternate dates.

At Boston South Station passengers should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

At Worcester, passengers will board the bus at the main entrance in front of the station. Boarding will not occur at the bus terminal.

Track Work to Disrupt Boston LSL Section

March 27, 2021

Track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Tranportation Authority will affect operations of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited on March 28.

Train 448 will terminate at Albany-Rensselaer, New York. Alternate transportation will be provided to Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston South Station but no alternate transportation is being provided to Framingham.

Passengers traveling to Boston Back Bay station will be bused to Boston South and take an Amtrak or MBTA commuter train to Back Bay.

Train 449 will originate in Albany with alternate transportation being provided from Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Pittsfield.

No alternate transportation will be provided from Back Bay or Framingham.

Passengers originating at Back Bay have the option of boarding at Boston South or traveling another date.

Passengers boarding at Boston South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Passengers boarding at Worcester will board the bus at the main entrance in front of the station. Boarding will not take place at the bus terminal.

There will be no business class or sleeping car between Boston and Albany on the affected date.

Track Work to Disrupt LSL Boston Section

July 25, 2020

Track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will disrupt operations of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited starting July 29.

Nos. 448 and 449 will not operate between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, and passengers will instead travel on a chartered bus.

Between July 29 and Aug. 1 passengers aboard No. 448 bound for points east of Albany will disembark at the Albany-Rensselaer station and board a bus.

Buses will stop at all stations except Framingham, Massachusetts, and Boston Back Bay. In a service advisory, Amtrak said that during the period there will be no alternative transportation to either point.

Those bound for Back Bay are advised to disembark at South Station and ride an MBTA or Amtrak commuter train to Back Bay.

Between July 31 and Aug. 3, No. 449 will not originate in Boston. Instead, passengers will board a bus to catch their train at Albany-Rensseleaer.

However, the buses will not serve Boston Back Bay or Framingham.

Passengers boarding at Boston South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Passengers boarding at Worcester, Massachusetts, will board the bus at the main entrance in front of the station. The buses will not board at the bus terminal.

During the service disruption period, there will be no business class or sleeping car service on Nos. 448 or 449.

LSL Boston Section Canceled by Track Work

July 3, 2020

Track work being undertaken by MBTA in Massachusetts will result in the cancellation of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, next week.

Between July 5 and July 11, passengers about Train No. 448 traveling to the intermediate stations in Massachusetts of Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston (South Station) will get off the train at Albany and ride a bus to their destination.

No alternative transportation is being provided to Framingham or Boston Back Bay station.

Passengers for Train 449 at the same intermediate stations will board a bus between July 6 and 12 to travel to Albany-Rensselaer, where they will board the train to continue their journey.

No alternate transportation will be provided from Boston Back Bay station or Framingham.

Passengers boarding at Boston South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Worcester passengers will board their bus at the main entrance in front of the station and not at the bus terminal.

No business class or sleeper class service will be provided for passengers traveling on Nos. 448 and 449 will be offered between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer.

Amtrak Long-Distance Train Consists Reduced

April 6, 2020

Although Amtrak continues to operate the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited through Northeast Ohio as scheduled, it has reduced the size of the consists of those trains.

Online reports have indicated that the Capitol Limited is operating with one P42DC locomotive and four Superliner cars.

The consist includes one sleeper, a food service car and two coaches, one of which has a baggage compartment.

Nos. 29 and 30 do not have a Viewliner baggage car as had been the case previously.

The Lake Shore Limited is being pulled by two P42DC locomotives and has two Viewliner sleepers, a dinnete, two Amfleet II coaches, a Viewliner dining car for sleeping car passengers and a Viewliner baggage car.

The Boston section of the Lake Shore is being replaced by bus service on weekends through May 17 due to track work being performed on its route east of the Albany-Rensselaer, New York, station.

The consists of other long-distance trains have also been reduced with some trains having just one sleeping car and two coaches.

One exception is the Silver Meteor between New York and Miami, which is reported to be carrying two sleepers along with two coaches, a dinette, dining car for sleeping car passengers, a baggage car and a baggage-dorm.

The Auto Train is reported to have its normal consist for now.

Track Work to Disrupt Boston LSL Section

February 26, 2020

Track work being performed by host railroad MBTA will affect operations of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited on weekends between Feb. 29 and May 17.

Nos. 448 and 449 will not operate between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the period.

The service disruption will affect passengers traveling to and from the Massachusetts stations of Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston (South Station).

Alternative bus service will be provided between Boston and Albany.

However, no alternate transportation is being provided to the missed stop of Framingham. Passengers traveling to Boston Back Bay station will taken by bus to South Station or riding an MBTA or Amtrak train between those points.

Passengers at South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Worcester passengers will board the bus at the main entrance in front of the station. Boarding will not occur at the bus terminal.

During the service disruptions there will be no business class or sleeping car service on Nos. 448 and 449.

Track Work to Disrupt Lake Shore Limited

June 18, 2018

Track work being performed by Keolis/Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will affect operation of Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited between Albany, New York, and Boston between June 16 and Aug. 5.

Passengers traveling to Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston (South Station) on Train No. 448 will get off the train at Albany during the periods of June 15-16, July 27-28, Aug. 3-4 and ride a bus to their destination.

No alternate transportation is being provided to Framingham. Passengers traveling to Boston Back Bay station will disembark from the bus at South Station and be directed to an MBTA or Amtrak commuter train to Back Bay.

On June 16-17, July 28-29 and Aug. 4-5, Train No. 449 will not operate from Boston (South Station) to Albany.

Passengers slated to board at Boston (South Station), Worcester, Springfield and Pittsfield will be provided bus service to Albany.

No alternate transportation is being provided from Boston Back Bay and Framingham. Passengers traveling from Back Bay should board at South Station or travel on alternate dates.

Passengers boarding at South Station and Worcester should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Worcester passengers will board at the main entrance in front of the station and not at the bus terminal.

Lake Shore Limited ‘Summer Consist’

June 2, 2018

As soon as the eastbound Lake Shore Limited rounded a curve in North East, Pennsylvania, I had the answer to a question I had come here to get answered.

The Chicago-Boston only edition of the train is much shorter than the usual order.

A summer track and bridge project on the route that Nos. 48 and 49 use to access New York Penn Station prompted Amtrak to suspend the New York Section of the train through early September.

Passengers boarding the Lake Shore Limited bound for New York City must make an across the platform transfer in Albany-Rensselaer, New York, to reach the Big Apple and all other points served by No. 48 south of Albany.

I expected a shortened consist for the Lake Shore, but was a little surprised at how short it was.

What I saw on Thursday was a P42DC locomotive, Viewliner baggage car, four Amfleet II coaches, two cafe cars and two Viewliner sleepers.

This is just three cars longer than the normal consist of the Boston section of a Viewliner baggage car, cafe car, Viewliner sleeper and two coaches.

Also different is that the train is operating as Nos. 448/449. Those numbers have long been used by Amtrak to denote cars assigned to the Boston section.

But it was the first time I’ve heard the train use those numbers for operational purposes west of Albany.

Amtrak Acknowledges Plans to Temporarily Suspend New York Section of Lake Shore Limited in Summer

April 11, 2018

Amtrak has acknowledged that rebuilding of the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge in New York City will result in the cancellation of the New York section of the Lake Shore Limited this summer.

The bridge joins upper Manhattan with the Bronx over the north end of the East River.

During the bridge work, Amtrak will also rehabilitate the Empire Service tunnel that connects Penn Station with the West Side Line to the bridge.

Although Scot Naparstek, Amtrak’s chief operating officer, did not say during a conference call with news media when the work will be done, he indicated that through late May Amtrak is focusing on concrete demolition, wooden tie replacement and rail renewal for Track 18 used by the Long Island Rail Road at Penn Station.

One more of the three turnouts by Interlocking “C” at the east end of the station is still being rebuilt. Work on the first two are finished as is all work on Track 15.

Workers are scheduled to begin the summer program of renovations at Penn Station beginning May 26 and wrap up by Sept. 4.

Amtrak is developing new timetables for all Empire Service trains to be operated to Grand Central Terminal during the outage.

During the project, the Lake Shore Limited will operate between Chicago and Boston with no through cars to or from Chicago and New York.

Amtrak has been testing the use of cab cars on Empire Service trains. Last year when the passenger carrier diverted trains to Grand Central it placed locomotives on both ends of the trains.

The Spuyten Duyvil bridge was damaged by Hurricane Sandy although some of its problems have been the result of normal wear and tear.

The rebuilding of the bridge involves both mechanical and electrical work that Amtrak engineering has been looking at doing for quite a while.

As for the Empire Tunnel, Amtrak plans to replace crossties, grade crossings and 8,000 feet of continuous rail, including the track between the tunnel and the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge.