Lake Shore Limited

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Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited
Numbers 48-49; 448-449
Route Boston, MA
New York, NY
Buffalo, NY
Erie, PA
Cleveland, OH
Chicago, IL
Distance 959 mi (1543 km)
Dates of operation October 31, 1975 – present
Track owners

The Lake Shore Limited is a daily 959-mile (1543 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. It travels on routes formerly traveled by the famed 20th Century Limited. The Lake Shore Limited was previously operated by the New York Central (NYC) railroad. This prior version of the train ran between Toledo, Ohio and Chicago. Today, the route runs between Chicago, New York City and Boston. Passengers heading to Massachusetts change trains in Albany, New York (141 miles/227 km from New York) to a connecting 199-mile (320 km) service, also called the Lake Shore Limited.

Train details

Services on the train include a dining car lounge car, coaches, and three sleeper cars. Reservations on the Lake Shore Limited can be booked for several different seating and/or accommodation types:

All the sleeper cars on the Lake Shore Limited are of their single-level Viewliner class.


The route is named after Lake Erie, along which the train travels for much of the journey. Based on the route's current operating schedule, however, the train passes by Lake Erie during the night in both directions, making the lake difficult to see.

The Lake Shore Limited living up to its nickname, as it crosses PA route 89 in North East, PA, 5½ hours late.

The Lake Shore Limited is jokingly referred to as the Late For Sure Limited, or the Late Shore Limited among railfans, as the line frequently runs significantly behind schedule. Of the five round-trip journeys it made between 8 January and 12 January 2006, according to Amtrak's Train Status webpage [5], the Lake Shore when running from Chicago was an average of 61 minutes late in arriving at Penn Station, with the longest delay being 2 hours and 23 minutes and the shortest being four minutes. In the opposite direction, the train was an average of 64 minutes late arriving in Chicago, with the longest delay being 4 hours and 10 minutes and the best arrival being 23 minutes early. The longest delay, as of August 8, 2006, is for Train 48 at 10 hours 43 minutes late.

Route details

The Lake Shore Limited operates over Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX Transportation, Metro-North Railroad, Amtrak, and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority trackage:

Station stops

The Lake Shore Limited runs as train 48 eastbound and 49 westbound; train 448 runs eastbound from Albany-Rensselaer to Boston, and train 449 (447 on weekdays) runs westbound from Boston to Albany-Rensselaer. The train stops only at the following stations:

New York
New York

To/from Boston (transfer at Albany-Rensselaer)

New York
Amtrak routes

Acela Express - Adirondack - Auto Train - Capitol Limited - Cardinal - Carolinian - Crescent - Downeaster - Empire Service - Ethan Allen Express - Keystone Service - Lake Shore Limited - Maple Leaf - Metroliner - Palmetto - Pennsylvanian - Regional - Silver Meteor - Silver Star - Vermonter


Ann Rutledge - Blue Water - California Zephyr - Capitol Limited - Cardinal - Carl Sandburg - City of New Orleans - Empire Builder - Hiawatha - Hoosier State - Illini - Illinois Zephyr - Lake Shore Limited - Lincoln Service - Mules - Pere Marquette - Saluki - Southwest Chief - Texas Eagle - Wolverine

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