A trip on Amtrak’s Silver Meteor

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Routes shown:

Amtrak Empire Service (Buffalo, NY – New York, NY) -1st leg of trip
The Silver Meteor (New York, NY – Miami, FL) -2nd leg of trip
The Silver Meteor (Miami, FL – New York, NY) -3nd leg of trip
The Lakeshore Limited (New York, NY – Buffalo, NY) -4th leg of trip

Amtrak Empire Service (Buffalo, NY – New York, NY):

Amtrak’s Empire Service trains connect Buffalo (Depew), 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 Buffalo 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.

The Silver Meteor (New York, NY – Miami, FL):

The ‘Silver Meteor‘ is Amtrak’s overnight train connecting New York City with Miami, FL. The train is Amtrak’s modern-day replacement for the famous coach train of the same name inaugurated by the Seaboard Air Line on February 2, 1939.

Modern equipment consists of Amfleet coaches & lounges, Heritage diners & Viewliner sleepers with bedrooms & roomette accommodations. Motive power consists of Siemens 6,700 horsepower ACS64 or Electro-Motive 7,000 horsepower AEM-7 electric locomotives, or General Electric 4,250 horsepower P42DC diesel locomotives.

Highlights of the trip include a 180 km/h run on Amtrak’s electrified Northeast Corridor through the metropolises of Philadelphia, Baltimore & Washington D.C. with views of the Washington Monument & Capitol building, following an engine change from electric to diesel motive power. The train then runs overnight through the American South with morning finding the train passing through Savannah, Georgia, past wetlands, palm trees, orange groves & canals on it’s way to the Florida cities of Jacksonville, Winter Park, Orlando, Sebring, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale before arriving in Beautiful Miami, Florida.

Beautiful scenery, fine dining, superb accommodations & top-notch service are sure to delight on Amtrak’s Silver Meteor.

In Miami there are bus & car rental connections to Miami Beach & the Florida Keys. Accommodations may be found at the Days Inn on Miami Beach and the Banana Bay Resort in Key West where one may take the Scenic Conch Tour Train.

The Lakeshore Limited (New York, NY – Buffalo, NY):

The ‘Lakeshore Limited‘ is Amtrak’s overnight train connecting New York City with Buffalo (Depew), NY. The train actually runs all the way from New York City to Chicago via Buffalo & Cleveland. The train is Amtrak’s modern-day replacement for the famous all-pullman ‘Twentieth Century Limited’ inaugurated by the New York Central on June 15, 1902.

Modern equipment consists of Amfleet coaches & lounges and Viewliner diners & sleepers with bedrooms & roomette accommodations. Motive power consists of General Electric 4,250 horsepower P42DC diesel locomotives.

Highlights of the trip are the same as the Amtrak Empire Service described above as both trains run on the same route between New York City & Buffalo.

If you enjoy fine dining & comfortable accommodations on memorable a trip, then you’ll enjoy a ride on Amtrak’s Lakeshore Limited.

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