Current Amtrak Route - Northeast Corridor

Amtrak Northeast Corridor

Amtrak Route - Northeast 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 - Northeast Corridor

As inherited from Penn Central, most names for Northeast Corridor trains – except for the Metroliner and Clocker– were used for only one one-way or round-trip train. These names were frequently changed from the 1970s to the 1990s. These named trains were consolidated under the NortheastDirect brand in 1995, though individual names appeared on timetables from 1996 to 1999.[2] The Acela Regional brand was used for all-electric service beginning in 2000. Northeast Corridor service, except for the Acela Express, was rebranded Regional in 2003 and finally Northeast Regional in 2008.

This listing shows only trains operated primarily on the Northeast Corridor and the New Haven–Springfield Line, plus extensions of those trains into Virginia. Trains serving endpoints outside these areas are listed separately.
 
Name Route Service
Began
Service
Ended
Notes
Acela
(train) †
Washington, D.C. - New York City December 11, 2000 present
Acela Regional
(train)
Newport News - Springfield/Boston January 31, 2000 March 16, 2003 Replaced NortheastDirect gradually from January 31, 2000 to September 30, 2001. Replaced by Regional
Afternoon Congressional
(train) ‡
Washington, D.C. - New York City May 1, 1971 November 13, 1971
Bankers
(train)
Springfield - Washington, D.C. October 26, 1975 October 28, 1995 Replaced by NortheastDirect
Bay State
(train)
New York City - Boston May 17, 1971 November 14, 1971 The Bay State traveled via the Inland Route in all iterations
Washington, D.C. - Boston November 14, 1971 October 29, 1972
Philadelphia - Boston October 29, 1972 April 29, 1973
New Haven - Boston April 29, 1973 March 1, 1975
Washington, D.C. - Boston October 20, 1984 October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Beacon Hill
(train)
Boston - New Haven April 30, 1978 October 26, 1979 Replaced Clamdigger
February 3, 1980 October 1, 1981
Benjamin Franklin
(train)
Philadelphia - Boston February 15, 1977 Replaced Bicentennial
Betsy Ross
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City February 15, 1976 June 14, 1976 Replaced by the Colonial
October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Bicentennial
(train)
Philadelphia - Boston February 15, 1976 February 14, 1977 Replaced Bunker Hill. Replaced by Benjamin Franklin
Big Apple
(Keystone Service)
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 April 26, 1980 Formerly an unnamed Clocker
Harrisburg - New York City April 27, 1980 April 30, 1994 Only weekend trains ran from Harrisburg until October 24, 1981, when weekday service was cut. Merged into Keystone Service.
Bostonian
(train) ‡
New York City - Boston May 1, 1971 November 13, 1971
May 19, 1974 April 29, 1978
Bowery
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City
Bunker Hill
(train)
Philadelphia - Boston November 14, 1971 February 15, 1976 Replaced by Bicentennial
Capitol
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City April 26, 1981 October 29, 1983
Capitol Hill
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City October 28, 1995 Replaced by NortheastDirect
Capitol Hill Express
Capitol Sunrise
(train)
Philadelphia - Washington, D.C.
Central Park
(train)
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 April 26, 1980
Charter Oak
(Colonial Amtrak train)
New York City - Springfield November 14, 1971 October 28, 1972
October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Washington, D.C. - Springfield November 10, 1996 July 9, 1997 Replaced unnamed NortheastDirect train. Renamed Colonial
Richmond - Springfield July 10, 1997 October 26, 1997
Chesapeake Washington, D.C. - New York City April 29, 1973 June 11, 1977
Chesapeake
(train)
Philadelphia - Washington, D.C. April 30, 1978 October 29, 1983 Maryland/Pennsylvania-funded commuter service
Chesapeake
(Colonial Amtrak train)
New York City - Richmond May 1, 1994 October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Clamdigger
(train)‡
New Haven - New London May 1, 1971 January 28, 1972
New Haven - Providence September 9, 1976 October 28, 1977
January 8, 1978 April 30, 1978 Replaced by Beacon Hill
Clocker
(train) ‡
Philadelphia - New York City May 1, 1971 October 27, 1979 Unnamed 1971-1979. Carried individual names 1979-1981
October 25, 1981 October 28, 2005
Colonial
(PRR train) ‡
Washington, D.C. - Boston May 1, 1971 April 28, 1973
Colonial
(Amtrak train)
Washington, D.C. - Boston February 15, 1976 June 15, 1976
Newport News - New York City June 15, 1976 February 15, 1977 Replaced Betsy Ross and Mount Vernon. Saturday southbound service originated in Boston.
Newport News - Boston February 15, 1977 October 26, 1992 Replaced by Old Dominion
Richmond - Springfield October 26, 1997 May 15, 1999 Replaced Charter Oak. Merged into NortheastDirect
Concord
(train)
Washington, D.C. - Boston
Congressional
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City November 14, 1971 December 16, 1971
April 30, 1978
Boston - Washington, D.C. October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Connecticut Valley Service ‡
Hartford Line

(Amtrak train)
Springfield - New Haven May 1, 1971 1986 Name did not appear in timetables until 1980. Renamed as sections of their connecting trains in 1986.
Connecticut Yankee
(train)
Washington, D.C. - Springfield November 14, 1971 October 29, 1972
Washington, D.C. - New Haven October 29, 1972 April 29, 1973
Philadelphia - Springfield April 29, 1973 June 11, 1977
Washington, D.C. - Springfield October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
East Wind
(train)
New York City - Boston November 14, 1971 October 28, 1973
Washington, D.C. - Boston October 28, 1973 February 14, 1976
Edison
(train)
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 October 24, 1981 Formerly unnamed. Renamed Clocker
Embassy
(train) ‡
Washington, D.C. - New York City May 1, 1971 November 13, 1971
October 31, 1976 April 25, 1981
Evening Executive
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New Haven November 14, 1971 June 10, 1972
Evening Liberty Express Philadelphia - Boston April 30, 1978 October 27, 1979
Evening Metropolitan
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City
Philadelphia - New York City
Executive Sleeper
(Night Owl train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City April 27, 1986 August 19, 1994 Washington-New York section of the Night Owl. Renamed from Washington Executive
Fairfield
(train)
Fast Mail
(Amtrak train)
Washington, D.C. - Boston/Springfield October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Federal
(Twilight Shoreliner)
Washington, D.C. - Boston April 28, 2003 April 26, 2004 Replaced the Twilight Shoreliner. Merged into Regional
First State
(train)
Flying Yankee
(train)
New York City - Boston May 19, 1974 April 29, 1978 Replaced Shoreliner
Foggy Bottom
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City
Free State
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City November 14, 1971 October 28, 1973
Garden State
(train)
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 October 24, 1981 Formerly unnamed. Renamed Clocker
Garden State Special
(train)
Georgetown
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City
Gotham
(train)
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 October 24, 1981 Renamed Clocker
Gotham Express Boston/Springfield - New York City October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Gotham Limited
(Colonial Amtrak train)
Newport News - New York City July 10, 1997 May 16, 1999 Renamed from Potomac. Merged into NortheastDirect
Herald Square
(train)
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 October 24, 1981 Renamed Clocker
Washington, D.C. - New York City October 25, 1981 Replaced Times Square
Independence
(train)
New York City - Washington, D.C. October 25, 1981
Washington, D.C. - Springfield October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
James River
(Colonial Amtrak train)
Newport News - Washington, D.C. October 30, 1994 October 28, 1995 Renamed from one Tidewater round trip. Merged into NortheastDirect
November 10, 1996 May 16, 1999 Replaced unnamed NortheastDirect train. Merged back into NortheastDirect
Jeffersonian
(train)
New York City - Washington, D.C. October 25, 1981
John Adams
(train)
Philadelphia - Boston June 12, 1977 April 29, 1978
Keystone
(Pennsylvanian train)
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 April 26, 1980 Formerly an unnamed Clocker
Harrisburg - New York City April 27, 1980 October 24, 1981 Only weekend trains ran from Harrisburg. Renamed Susquehanna
Knickerbocker
(train)
New York City - Boston May 19, 1974 June 11, 1977
Legislator
(train) ‡
Washington, D.C. - New York City May 1, 1971 November 13, 1971
Liberty Bell
(train)
Washington - New York City October 28, 1995 Replaced by NortheastDirect
Liberty Express Philadelphia - Boston October 28, 1979
Mail Express
Manhattan
(train) ‡
New York City - Boston May 1, 1971 November 13, 1971
August 15, 1973 October 28, 1973 Replaced Manhattan Turbo
Manhattan Express
(Colonial Amtrak train)
Richmond - New York City September 10, 1995 October 28, 1995 Replaced Old Dominion. Merged into NortheastDirect
Manhattan Limited
(train)
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 October 24, 1981 Renamed Clocker
Washington, D.C. - New York City October 25, 1981
Manhattan Turbo
(train)
New York City - Boston October 29, 1972 August 15, 1973 Replaced by Manhattan
Mayflower
(train)
Washington, D.C. - Boston May 19, 1974 September 12, 1975
October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Merchants
(train)
Washington, D.C. - Boston November 20, 1977 April 30, 1978 Renamed from and to Merchants Limited
Merchants Limited
(train) ‡
New York City - Boston May 1, 1971 November 14, 1971
Washington, D.C. - Boston November 14, 1971 October 28, 1995 Named Merchants (November 20, 1977 - April 30, 1978). Merged into NortheastDirect
Metroliner
(train) ‡
Washington, D.C. - New York City May 1, 1971 October 27, 2006
Washington, D.C. - New Haven November 14, 1971 October 30, 1977
November 20, 1977 February 22, 1978
October 26, 1981
Downingtown - Washington, D.C. October 29, 1989 October 25, 1991 One southbound trip only
Washington, D.C. - Boston May 2, 2005 October 31, 2005 Temporary replacement for Acela Express service, which was removed due to mechanical defects in the trainsets
Morning Executive
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New Haven November 14, 1971 June 10, 1972
Metropolitan
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City April 26, 1981
Midday Congressional
(train) ‡
Washington, D.C. - New York City May 1, 1971 November 13, 1971
Minute Man
(train)
Philadelphia - Boston June 12, 1972 April 29, 1973
Washington, D.C. - Boston April 29, 1973 October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Morning Liberty Express Philadelphia - Boston April 30, 1978 October 27, 1979
Mount Vernon
(train) ‡
Washington, D.C. - New York City May 1, 1971 November 13, 1971
February 15, 1976 June 14, 1976 Replaced by the Colonial
April 27, 1980
Murray Hill
(train) ‡
New York City - Boston May 1, 1971 November 13, 1971
Washington, D.C. - New York City October 28, 1973 October 28, 1978
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 October 24, 1981 Renamed Clocker
Narragansett
(train)
New York City - Boston November 14, 1971 October 27, 1973
Philadelphia - Boston February 15, 1976 June 11, 1976
New England Express
(Colonial Amtrak train)
Richmond - Boston April 2, 1995 October 28, 1995 Replaced Old Dominion and Virginian. Merged into NortheastDirect
New England Metroliner
(train)
New York City - Boston October 31, 1982 April 28, 1984
New England Zip
(train)
New Englander
(train)
Philadelphia - Boston May 19, 1974 October 25, 1975
Hartford Line
(Amtrak train) †
New Haven - Springfield October 28, 1995 present Renamed from sections of connecting trains. Usually branded under NortheastDirect until September 30, 2001 timetable.
New Jerseyan (train)
New York Executive
(train)
New Yorker
(train) ‡
New York City - Boston May 1, 1971 November 13, 1971
Washington, D.C. - New York City April 29, 1973 October 31, 1976
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 October 24, 1981 Renamed Clocker
Washington, D.C. - New York City October 25, 1981
Nightcap
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City November 14, 1971 June 10, 1972
October 28, 1973 February 14, 1976
Night Owl
(train)
Washington, D.C. - Boston June 12, 1972 July 10, 1997 Replaced by Twilight Shoreliner
NortheastDirect
(Northeast Regional)
Newport News - Springfield/Boston October 28, 1995 September 29, 2001 Replaced numerous trains. Replaced by Acela Regional from 2000 to 2001.
Northeast Regional
(train) †
Newport News - Springfield/Boston June 23, 2008 September 30, 2009 Renamed from Regional
Lynchburg/Newport News - Springfield/Boston October 1, 2009 December 11, 2012
Lynchburg/Newport News/Norfolk - Springfield/Boston December 12, 2012 October 30, 2017
Newport News/Norfolk/Roanoke - Springfield/Boston October 31, 2017 present
Nutmeg State
(train)
Washington, D.C. - Springfield October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Old Dominion
(Colonial Amtrak train)
Newport News - New York City October 25, 1992 April 2, 1995 Replaced Colonial. Replaced by New England Express
Richmond - New York City April 2, 1995 September 2, 1995 Replaced by Manhattan Express
Richmond - Springfield September 2, 1995 October 28, 1995 Replaced a New England Express frequency. Merged into NortheastDirect
Newport News - Boston November 10, 1996 May 16, 1999 Replaced an unnamed NortheastDirect train. Merged back into NortheastDirect
Patriot
(train) ‡
Washington, D.C. - Boston May 1, 1971 October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Philadelphian
(train)
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 October 24, 1981 Previously unnamed. Renamed Clocker
Pilgrim
(train)
Philadelphia - Boston October 28, 1973 February 15, 1976
New York City - Boston February 15, 1976 April 29, 1978
Potomac
(Colonial Amtrak train)
Washington, D.C. - Boston October 25, 1981 April 27, 1985
Newport News - New York City April 28, 1985 September 17, 1988
Washington, D.C. - Springfield September 18, 1988
President
(train) ‡
Washington, D.C. - New York City May 1, 1971 November 13, 1971
Quaker
(train)
Philadelphia - Boston October 28, 1973 May 18, 1974
Quaker City
(train)
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 October 24, 1981 Renamed Clocker
October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Regional
(Northeast Regional)
Newport News - Springfield/Boston March 17, 2003 June 22, 2008 Renamed from Acela Regional. Renamed Northeast Regional
Representative
(train) ‡
Washington, D.C. - New York City May 1, 1971 November 13, 1971
Rittenhouse
(train)
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 October 24, 1981 Renamed Clocker
Schuylkill
(train)
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 April 26, 1980
Senator
(train) ‡
Washington, D.C. - Boston May 1, 1971 October 24, 1981 From May 1, 1977 to July 30, 1978, Sunday service ran from Newport News to replace the Colonial
October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Shoreliner
(train)
New York City - Boston January 6, 1974 May 19, 1974 Replaced by Flying Yankee
October 28, 1979
Statesman
(train)
Washington, D.C. - Boston October 28, 1973 February 14, 1977
Sundown
(train)
Washington, D.C. - Boston October 28, 1973 February 14, 1976
New York City - Boston February 15, 1976 April 26, 1978
Tidewater
(Colonial Amtrak train)
Newport News - New York City July 30, 1978 October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Richmond - New York City November 10, 1996 May 10, 1999 Replaced unnamed NortheastDirect train. A southbound trip ran to Newport News until 1997. Merged back into NortheastDirect.
Tidewater Express
(Colonial Amtrak train)
Boston - Newport News September 10, 1995 October 28, 1995 Replaced northbound New England Express. Merged into NortheastDirect
Times Square
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City April 26, 1981 October 24, 1981 Replaced by Herald Square
Turbo
(train)
Providence - Boston October 29, 1972 April 28, 1973
Turboservice
(train) ‡
New York City - Boston May 1, 1971 November 13, 1971
Turbo Yankee Clipper
(train)
New York City - Boston November 14, 1971 October 29, 1972 Renamed Yankee Clipper Turbo
Turbo York Clipper
(train)
New York City - Boston November 14, 1971 January 16, 1972 Renamed Turbo Yankee Clipper
Twilight Shoreliner
(train)
Newport News - Boston July 10, 1997 April 28, 2003 Replaced the Night Owl. Replaced by the Federal
Valley Forge
(Keystone Service - Through Service)
Philadelphia - Boston November 14, 1971 June 12, 1972
Washington, D.C. - Boston June 12, 1972 April 29, 1973
Philadelphia - New Haven April 29, 1973 October 29, 1973
Harrisburg - New York City October 29, 1973 March 30, 1990 Renamed Keystone State Express
Boston - Harrisburg May 19, 1974 October 25, 1975 Additional weekend-only service
Valley Flyer
(Amtrak train) †
New Haven - Greenfield August 30, 2019 present
Verrazano
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City October 25, 1981 October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Virginian
(Colonial Amtrak train)
Richmond - New York City October 28, 1984 April 2, 1995 Renamed as Chesapeake southbound and New England Express northbound
November 10, 1996 May 16, 1999 Replaced unnamed NortheastDirect train. Merged back into NortheastDirect. Friday southbound trip ran to Newport News.
Wall Street
(train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City
Washington Executive
(Night Owl train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City October 28, 1984 April 26, 1986 Washington-New York section of the Night Owl. Renamed Executive Sleeper
Washington Express Washington, D.C. - New York City October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Weekend Metroliner
(Metroliner train)
Washington, D.C. - New York City
William Penn
(train)
Philadelphia - New York City October 28, 1979 October 24, 1981 Renamed Clocker
Yankee Clipper
(train) ‡
New York City - Boston May 1, 1971 November 13, 1971
August 15, 1973 February 15, 1976
New York City - Providence February 15, 1976 September 9, 1976
Washington, D.C. - Boston October 28, 1979 October 28, 1995 Merged into NortheastDirect
Yankee Clipper Turbo
(train)
New York City - Boston October 29, 1972 August 14, 1973 Renamed from Turbo Yankee Clipper
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