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amtk_route_Pennsylvanian The Pennsylvanian is a 444-mile daytime Amtrak train numbered 42/43 running between New York and Pittsburgh via Philadelphia. The train travels across the Appalachian mountains, through Pennsylvania's capital of Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Amish region, suburban and central Philadelphia, and finally New Jersey before terminating in New York's Penn Station. Trains run once daily in each direction. The entire train ride takes about 9 hours total. The Pennsylvanian is a once a day replacement of the Keystone service between New York and Harrisburg. Prior to Amtrak, the route was known as the Duquesne, named after Fort Duquesne in Pittsburgh, operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Pennsylvanian began in 1980 as a state-supported daylight train between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with connecting service to New York. Amtrak would later extend the train to serve New York directly. On its inauguration the Pennsylvanian used Amfleet equipment and continues to be so equipped. A typical consist west of Philadelphia includes one Genesis locomotive, one cafe/lounge car, and 5-6 coaches. East of Philadelphia, an electric locomotive is used on the Northeast Corridor portion of the run.

The daily Pennsylvanian (New York-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh) covers a 444-mile route that crosses over the Rockville Bridge -- the oldest stone masonry arch railroad viaduct in the world -- and famed Horseshoe Curve and passes through Pennsylvania Dutch Country and the Appalachian Mountains. As the days grow shorter and the air crisp, the train offers generous views of colorful fall foliage, especially through the mountains of western Pennsylvania.

Today, the Pennsylvanian is again state-supported, financed primarily through funds made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. In fiscal year 2015, nearly 232,000 customers rode the train. Between FY 2010 and FY 2015, ridership increased by 14 percent. Norfolk Southern owns the tracks west of Harrisburg, while Amtrak owns the railroad east to Philadelphia, where the train can reach top speeds of 110 mph, and the Northeast Corridor from Philadelphia to New York City where maximum speed is 125 mph.



Pennsylvanian route map / web


1966 Pennsylvania timetable

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This page was updated on 2016-11-20