Carolinas Association for Passenger Trains


CAPT Meetings    5/14/2021
Amtrak Status Archives
Amtrak Status Maps
Amtrak Station Status Boards
ASM Alerts
ASMAD
North Carolina On Track
Live Train Status
    NC Stations
    SC Stations
    Any Station
Discussion Group
Old Discussion Group
Who We Are
Officers
Membership - Join / Renew
Brochures
Photos
Newsletters 2021
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    Archives
Links                  
Burlington
Cary
Charlotte
Durham
Fayetteville
Gastonia
Greensboro
Hamlet
High Point
Kannapolis
Raleigh
Rocky Mount
Salisbury
Selma
Southern Pines
Wilson
Camden
Charleston
Clemson
Columbia
Denmark
Dillon
Florence
Greenville
Kingstree
Spartanburg
Yemassee
     Amtrak Daily Service Resumption Schedule

May 24, 2021

  • California Zephyr
  • Coast Starlight
  • Empire Builder
  • Texas Eagle

May 31, 2021

  • Capitol Limited
  • City of New Orleans
  • Lake Shore Limited
  • Southwest Chief

June 7, 2021

  • Crescent
  • Palmetto
  • Silver Meteor
  • Silver Star
                  North Carolina Service Changes
Here's a timeline of recent service changes.
4/5/2021     Trains 77 & 78 resume operation.
12/14/2020     Trains 74 & 75 resume operation.
10/12/2020     Trains 73 & 76 switch from Amtrak to Piedmont equipment.
8/10/2020     Trains 73 & 76 commence with Amtrak equipment. No cafe and no baggage.
5/18/2020     Trains 79 & 80 commence without baggage.
Trains 75 & 76 suspend.
4/7/2020     Train 80 suspends.
4/6/2020     Train 79 suspends.
3/23/2020     Trains 73, 74, 77 & 78 suspend.
  (+)                            NC Bullet Train
  (-)                            NC Bullet Train

Since the spring of 2016, the Piedmonts have run with an engine at both ends. The seats in each coach have been reconfigured so that half face forward and half face backwards. When the cars were originally reconstructed, they were outfitted with multiple unit (MU) cables. These allow the engines to work together as one, even though they are located in different parts of the train.

This configuration started during track construction for the new Raleigh station since there was no way to turn the trains there at that time. Afterwards, in June 2018, it helped to utilize this configuration when the fourth frequency between Raleigh and Charlotte was added. With less time between arrivals and departures at Charlotte, there isn't enough time to turn the trains. NCDOT has purchased additional locomotives which will be refurbished, but will have the prime movers removed. These will serve as operating platforms for the engineer.

When the two newest locomotives, 1755 and 1797, are used in this push+pull operation, to me it looks like an NC version of a bullet train. Here is a video of train 73 stopping at the Cary station in late May, 2016. The video was shot by Susan Bobinyec.

Supported browsers are Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

Send website comments to: WebMaster.