Amtrak Route - Midwest-West

Amtrak Midwest-West

Amtrak Route - Midwest-West

Current Amtrak Routes - Midwest-West

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.
The date Amtrak began operating the train
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 - Midwest-West
Name Route Service
California Zephyr
(train) †
Chicago - Oakland July 16, 1983 October 26, 1997 Replaced the San Francisco Zephyr. Temporarily cut to Emeryville from August 5, 1994 to May 12, 1995
Chicago - Emeryville October 26, 1997 present  
Chicago - Los Angeles June 11, 1972 September 10, 1972  
City of San Francisco
(train) ‡
Chicago - Oakland May 1, 1971 June 10, 1972 Renamed San Francisco Zephyr
Denver Zephyr
(train) ‡
Chicago - Denver May 1, 1971 June 10, 1973 Inherited from Burlington Northern Railroad Denver Zephyr.
Replaced by increased service on the San Francisco Zephyr.
Empire Builder
(train) †‡
Chicago - Seattle May 1, 1971 October 24, 1981 Inherited from Burlington Northern Railroad Empire Builder
Chicago - Portland/Seattle October 25, 1981 present  
National Chief
(Southwest Chief train)
Washington, D.C. - Los Angeles     Announced in 1996 as a through train combining the Southwest Chief and Capitol Limited, but never implemented
North Coast Hiawatha
Chicago - Seattle June 5, 1971 October 7, 1979 Inherited from Burlington Northern Railroad North Coast Limited. Unnamed until November 14, 1971
San Francisco Zephyr
Chicago - Oakland June 11, 1972 July 15, 1983 Renamed from City of San Francisco.
Replaced by the California Zephyr
Southwest Chief
(train) †
Chicago - Los Angeles October 28, 1984 present Renamed from Southwest Limited
Southwest Limited
Chicago - Los Angeles May 19, 1974 October 28, 1984 Renamed from Super Chief. Renamed Southwest Chief
Sunset Limited
(train) †‡
New Orleans - Los Angeles May 1, 1971 April 4, 1993 Inherited from Southern Pacific Railroad Sunset Limited, extended to Miami
Miami - Los Angeles April 4, 1993 November 10, 1996 Truncated to Sanford
Sanford - Los Angeles November 10, 1996 October 26, 1997 Extended to Orlando
Orlando - Los Angeles October 26, 1997 August 29, 2005 Truncated to San Antonio due to Hurricane Katrina.
San Antonio - Los Angeles August 29, 2005 October 26, 2005 Extended to New Orleans
New Orleans - Los Angeles October 26, 2005 present Service east of New Orleans suspended after Hurricane Katrina.
Super Chief
Chicago - Los Angeles April 19, 1973 May 19, 1974 Renamed from Super Chief / El Capitan. Renamed Southwest Limited
El Capitan
(Super Chief train) ‡
Chicago - Los Angeles May 1, 1971 April 19, 1973 Inherited from Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Super Chief / El Capitan (train). Renamed Super Chief

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