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This information is provided to give private railcar travelers some guidance in helping us help you plan your charter. In most cases, you can travel to many of the locations served by Amtrak on private railcars. In order to begin planning your trip, you should consider the following:

  • What are your departure and destination cities?
  • What is your departure date?
  • Do you desire intermediate layover points?
  • How many people are in your charter group?
  • How long would you like to stay at your destination?
  • Do you plan to use the train as hotel space at your destination?
  • Are there any guests that require special assistance boarding or detraining?
  • Do any of your guests have food allergies or other special dietary concerns?

Once you have had an opportunity to consider your responses to the questions above, please submit a Charter Request to begin the planning process.

Northeast Corridor Operating Restrictions

Please note that private railcars are restricted from being attached to most of the trains that operate on the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C.

The following trains are generally approved:

Between New York and Washington, D.C. (Southbound)
  • Train #89: early departure
  • Train #91: late-morning departure
  • Train #19: early afternoon departure
  • Train #97: mid-afternoon departure
Between Washington, D.C. and New York (Northbound)
  • Train #98: early departure
  • Train #20: mid-morning departure
  • Train #92: mid-afternoon departure
  • Train #90: early-evening departure

Note: As these are long distance trains, departures from Washington, D.C. may be delayed at times due to interference encountered while en-route.

See Amtrak Silver Service / Palmetto and Crescent schedules page for latest schedules.

Between New York and Boston (Northbound)
  • Train #66 - very early morning New York departure
Between Boston and New York (Southbound)
  • Train #67 - evening Boston departure

See Northeast Corridor 2 schedules page for latest schedules.

VIA Rail Canada

Unlike Amtrak, arranging for travel across Canada is a little more difficult. There are far more restricitons governing the trains that private cars can be atached to on VIA Rail Canada trains. However, with ample time, arrangements can be made to visit Montreal and Toronto using regularly scheduled Amtrak service.

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