A Trip on Amtrak’s Empire Service & Keystone Service Trains (Buffalo, NY – Atlantic City, NJ via New York City)

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Routes shown:

Amtrak Empire Service (Buffalo, 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) -3rd 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.

On this trip a stopover was made in Syracuse, NY, for a few hours to check out the railway equipment display at the New York State Fairgrounds.

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.

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