A Trip on Amtrak’s Acela Express (Philadelphia, PA – New York, NY)

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Routes shown:

Amtrak Empire Service (Niagara Falls, NY – New York, NY) -1st leg of trip
Amtrak Keystone Service (New York, NY – Philadelphia, PA) -2nd leg of trip
New Jersey Transit (Philadelphia, PA – Atlantic City, NJ & return to Philadelphia) -3rd & 4th legs of trip
Amtrak’s Acela Express (Philadelphia, PA – New York, NY) -5th leg of trip

Amtrak Empire Service (Niagara Falls, NY – New York, NY):

Amtrak’s Empire Service trains connect Niagara Falls, NY with New York City. The trains operate on the route of the former New York Central railroad, which originally inaugurated the Empire Service on December 3, 1967.
Under Amtrak, modern equipment consists of Amfleet coaches & snack cars. Motive power consists of General Electric 4,250 horsepower P32ACDM dual-mode diesel-electric locomotives which operate on diesel power to Croton-Harmon, NY, then switch to third-rail electric mode for the run into New York City.

The route of Amtrak’s Empire service is a very scenic one and runs from Niagara Falls to Utica, then along the Mohawk river to Schenectady, crossing the Hudson river at Albany, along the beautiful Hudson River Valley past the Catskill mountains, lighthouses, Bannerman Castle, and Storm King State Park on its way to Penn Station in the Big Apple- New York City.

Great views, spacious & comfortable seats, free wifi, and cafeteria style food service with tasty meals & snacks are sure to delight on Amtrak’s Empire Service.

Amtrak Keystone Service (New York, NY – Philadelphia, PA):

Amtrak’s Keystone Service trains connect New York City with Philadelphia, PA (and in fact run all the way to Harrisburg, PA). The trains operate on a portion of the route of the former Pennsylvania Railroad’s all-pullman ‘Broadway Limited’, inaugurated in 1912 and which ran from New York to Chicago.

Under Amtrak, modern equipment consists of Amfleet coaches. Motive power consists of 7,000 horsepower AEM-7 electric locomotives designed by Asea in Sweden & built under licence in the US by Electro-Motive.

Highlights of the trip include a departure from Manhattan’s impressive Penn Station, with the train passing through Trenton, NJ, and on into the City of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia, PA.

Great views, spacious & comfortable seats and free wifi are sure to delight on Amtrak’s Keystone Service.

New Jersey Transit (Philadelphia, PA – Atlantic City, NJ)

In Philadelphia, New Jersey Transit trains provide connections for passengers wishing to extend their journey to Atlantic City, with its famous beaches, boardwalk & casinos such as Caesars.

Amtrak Acela Express (Philadelphia, PA – New York, NY):

Amtrak’s Acela Express is the only true high-speed rail service in North America. Acela Express trains connect Philadelphia with Newark and New York City (and in fact also run all the way South to Washington, DC and all the way North to Boston). The trains operate over the same route as the former Pennsylvania Railroad’s ‘Congressional’, which ran from New York to Washington, DC from 1952 to 1967. The Acela entered service in December of 2000.

Amtrak’s Acela equipment consists of 4 business class and 1 first class car, plus a cafe car. Motive power consists of two power cars of 6,150 horsepower each which draw power from an 11,000 volt 25 cycle overhead catenary system – with one power car at each end of the train. The Acela trains were built in the US by Bombardier and the cars have active tilt technology to maintain passenger comfort when travelling through curves at high speed. In service the Acela reaches speeds of 150 mph or 240 kph.

Highlights of the trip included a high-speed run on Amtrak’s electrified Northeast Corridor from the City of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia, PA, through the metropolis of Newark, NJ before arrival at Manhattan’s impressive Penn Station.

Great views, spacious & comfortable seats, food and beverage service, a fast smooth ride, free wifi, and great service are sure to delight on Amtrak’s Acela Express.

 

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