Amtrak Route - Empire Corridor

Amtrak Empire Corridor

Amtrak Route - Empire Corridor

This listing included current and discontinued routes operated by Amtrak since May 1, 1971. Some intercity trains were also operated after 1971 by the Alaska Railroad, Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad, Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, Georgia Railroad, Reading Company, and Southern Railway. The Southern Railway and D&RGW routes were taken over by Amtrak in 1979 and 1983 respectively.
 
Name Indicates Amtrak's name for the train, or in some cases the pre-Amtrak name for trains operating prior to November 14, 1971
Route The endpoints and major intermediate stops for the train. Changes to terminal stations within the same city, as well as route changes that did not modify the endpoint cities, are not shown.
Service
Began
The date Amtrak began operating the train
Service
Ended
The date Amtrak ceased operating the train
Notes Additional information concerning name changes and prior operators
Trains conveyed to Amtrak either on May 1, 1971, or afterward
Trains that are currently operating
†‡ Trains conveyed to Amtrak that are currently operating

Current Amtrak Route - Empire Corridor

Trains operating over the Empire Corridor (the former New York Central Railroad Water Level Route) are now collectively known as the Empire Service. The name was used by the New York Central beginning in 1967, but dropped by Amtrak in 1971. Amtrak restored the Empire Service brand with the June 11, 1972 timetable, and added individual train names on the May 19, 1974 timetable. As was done on the Northeast Corridor with NortheastDirect, individual train names for New York-Albany and New York-Niagara Falls service were dropped on October 28, 1995 and replaced with Empire. The individual names were re-added in November 1996, but dropped in favor of Empire Service in May 1999.
 
Name Route Service
Began
Service
Ended
Notes
Adirondack
(train) †
New York City - Montreal August 6, 1974 (1974-08-06) April 1, 1995 Joint operation with Empire State Express/DeWitt Clinton until April 1975
Washington, D.C. - Montreal April 2, 1995 April 13, 1996
New York City - Montreal April 14, 1996 present
Bear Mountain
(train)
New York City - Albany February 15, 1977 April 29, 1978
August 3, 1980 October 25, 1980
April 26, 1981 Renamed from Henry Hudson
Capital City Express
Catskill
(train)
New York City - Albany October 27, 1991 October 30, 1993
New York City - Schenectady October 31, 1993 May 4, 1994
New York City - Syracuse May 5, 1994 October 29, 1994
New York City - Albany October 30, 1994 April 1, 1995
New York City - Niagara Falls April 2, 1995 October 27, 1995 Merged into Empire Service
Cayuga
(train)
New York City - Schenectady October 28, 1984 April 4, 1987
Central Park
(train)
New York City - Albany April 2, 1995 October 27, 1995 Merged into Empire Service
DeWitt Clinton
(train)
New York City - Albany May 19, 1974 April 25, 1981 Previously unnamed. Replaced by Rip Van Winkle
Electric City Express New York City - Schenectady April 26, 1981 Replaced Salt City Express
Empire Service
(train) †‡
New York City - Buffalo May 1, 1971 May 18, 1974 Inherited from Penn Central Empire Service, unnamed until June 11, 1972. Individual names applied on May 19, 1974.
New York City - Niagara Falls October 28, 1995 present Merged from various individual train names. Individual names restored under the Empire Service brand from November 1996 to May 1999.
Empire State Express New York City - Buffalo May 19, 1974 October 30, 1974 Previously unnamed
New York City - Detroit October 31, 1974 April 24, 1976 Renamed Niagara Rainbow
New York City - Buffalo January 8, 1978 October 28, 1978 Renamed from Water Level Express
New York City - Niagara Falls October 29, 1978
Ethan Allen Express New York City - Rutland December 2, 1996
1996-12-02
)
July 28, 2022
New York City - Burlington July 29, 2022 present
Half Moon
(train)
New York City - Albany May 1, 1994 October 27, 1995
Hendrick Hudson
(train)
New York City - Albany
Henry Hudson
(train)
New York City - Albany May 19, 1974 April 25, 1981 Previously unnamed, now renamed the Bear Mountain
Hudson Highlander
(train)
New York City - Albany April 26, 1981 October 27, 1995 Replaced Washington Irving. Merged into Empire Service
Hudson River Express New York City - Albany
Hudson Valley Express New York City - Schenectady
Hudson Valley Service
(train)
New York City - Albany
Knickerbocker
(train)
New York City - Albany April 7, 1991 April 1, 1995
Lake Shore
(train)
New York City - Chicago May 10, 1971 (1971-05-10) January 6, 1972 (1972-01-06) This train was unnamed until November 14, 1971.
Lake Shore Limited
(train) †
New York City/Boston - Chicago October 31, 1975 (1975-10-31) present
Maple Leaf
(train) †
New York City - Toronto April 26, 1981 present
Mohawk
(train)
New York City - Niagara Falls April 26, 1981 April 28, 1984
New York City - Syracuse April 29, 1984 October 27, 1984
New York City - Niagara Falls October 28, 1984
Niagara Rainbow
(train)
New York City - Detroit April 25, 1976 January 30, 1979 Renamed from Empire State Express
New York City - Niagara Falls January 31, 1979
New York City - Toronto June 1994 September 10, 1995 Once-weekly additional frequency of the Maple Leaf
Nieuw Amsterdam
(train)
New York City - Albany
Oneida
(train)
New York City - Syracuse
Palisades
(train)
New York City - Albany
Patroon
(train)
New York City - Albany
Rip Van Winkle
(train)
New York City - Albany April 26, 1981
Salt City Express New York City - Syracuse May 19, 1974 April 25, 1981 Previously unnamed. Replaced by Electric City Express
Saratogian
(train)
New York City - Saratoga Springs
Sleepy Hollow
(train)
New York City - Albany
Spa Express
(train)
New York City - Saratoga Springs
Spuyten Duyvil
(train)
New York City - Albany
Storm King
(train)
New York City - Albany April 26, 1981
New York City - Schenectady
Washington Irving
(train)
New York City - Albany November 15, 1974 January 31, 1981
New York City - Schenectady February 1, 1981 April 25, 1981 Replaced by Hudson Highlander
Water Level Express New York City - Buffalo May 19, 1974 January 7, 1978 Previously unnamed. Renamed Empire State Express
New York City - Niagara Falls
Washington Irving
(positioning train)
Albany - Schenectady February 1, 1981 April 25, 1981 Equipment positioning moves for the Washington Irving
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