Anybody know what's going on with the Boston-Albany route in June?

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  1. May 6, 2019 #1

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    I've taken the Boston-Chicago Lake Shore Limited route many times. For some reason, right now in mid-June, I can get a sleeper from Albany-Chicago but all trains from Boston-Albany are "sold out." That train is NEVER sold out, especially if you just want coach, which we do.

    I know the Boston-Albany stretch of track has had a million problems, so I just called Amtrak customer service, which told me that they are only offering "limited" service on that route right now and have closed ticket sales.

    Agent was very apologetic and said that was all the info he had. He said to check back in a few days to see if anything opened up, but. It's pretty weird that there are plenty of seats on the 49 AND 449 (the 449 is the half of the Lake Shore that comes from Boston) from Albany-Chicago, but nothing on the 449 from Boston-Albany. Anybody have any additional information on this situation? They aren't even offering a bus, which they have done in the past when that route had issues.
     
  2. May 6, 2019 #2

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    Track work is pending. The service plan is still being formulated.
     
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    Great, thank you. I expect there will probably be a bus then if the train is not running.
     
  4. May 6, 2019 #4

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    When does the track work start. I’m taking 449 on the 24th of May. Am I affected?
     
  5. May 7, 2019 #5

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    I'm currently booked both ways in late June from Springfield to Chicago. BUT...I always book 449/448 as business class or coach to Albany as the Boston sleeper is frequently $100 or more than the New York sleeper AND as of this past January or so, the BOS sleeper is directly adjacent to the locomotive and its blaring horn!

    Take the NY sleeper to get some peace and quiet, better price, and only a zero or one car walk to the boxed dogfood car formerly known as brand new Viewliner Diner.
     
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    They are still selling tickets that day, so you appear to be safe:

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    The plan has been made public:

    https://www.amtrak.com/alert/lake-shore-limited-track-work.html

     
  8. May 19, 2019 #8

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    The 448 announcement says "Bus service will operate from Albany to Boston on Sundays during the above dates", but the dates listed are Sunday through Thursday each week. (The 449 announcement doesn't mention "Sunday".) Careful attention to detail, that's how to run a railroad.o_O
    I have a reservation on 449 on Aug 22, so I guess I'm okay, maybe.
     
  9. May 19, 2019 #9

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    Don’t be too sure about 8/22 with Anderson running the show?,
     
  10. May 19, 2019 #10

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    Anderson is in charge of CSX track work now, too?
     
  11. May 25, 2019 at 4:04 PM #11

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    Does anyone know if 448/449 will still have the cafe car?
     
  12. May 25, 2019 at 11:27 PM #12

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    448/449 have been running with two coaches and a cafe, no sleeper. The third(BOS) sleeper is in the NY section with the other two sleepers. So it appears no sleeper service again till this is over.
     
  13. May 26, 2019 at 1:01 AM #13

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    No business class either.
     
  14. May 26, 2019 at 4:33 AM #14

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    Thanks. I was curious about this.
     

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