Trails & Rails - Trains

The Trails & Rails program operates on a variety of trains with more scheduled to come on line in the future. Below is a list of the various Amtrak trains which have an onboard Trails & Rails program and the areas in which the program operates.

Note: The link to each Amtrak train route name will lead to Amtrak's web site; from that page select the name of the train/route you are interested in for more information.

Adirondack

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Adirondack
The Adirondack has two Trails & Rails programs. One operates from Croton-Harmon to Albany, New York, and is based out of Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. The other program operates from Saratoga Springs to Westport, New York and is based out of Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.

California Zephyr

California Zephyr
The California Zephyr has an on-board Trails & Rails program operating from Denver, Colorado to Grand Junction, Colorado and on the return route between these two Colorado cities.

Capitol Limited

Trails & Rails guides ride Amtrak's Capitol Limited between Cumberland, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. This section of the train follows the Potomac River along the original Baltimore & Ohio Railroad main line.

City of New Orleans

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City of New Orleans
The City of New Orleans has an on-board program operating from New Orleans, Louisiana to Greenwood, Mississippi and is based out of New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

Coast Starlight

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Coast Starlight
The Coast Starlight has two Trails & Rails programs on board. Juan Bautista De Anza National Historical Trail hosts a program between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, California, continuing on to Oakland, California during the summer. Klondike Goldrush National Historical Park hosts a program between Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon.

Crescent

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Crescent
The Crescent has one Trails & Rails program operating from Atlanta, Georgia to New Orleans, Louisiana and is based out of Martin Luther King National Historical Park.
Empire Builder

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Empire Builder
The Empire Builder has several onboard programs:

• One program operates from Seattle, Washington to Havre, Montana and is operated by staff and volunteers of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

• Another program operates from Minot, North Dakota to Havre, Montana and is based out of Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site.

• The eastern-most Empire Builder program operates from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Columbus, Wisconsin and is hosted by the Mississippi River National Recreation Area.

Lake Shore Limited

Trails & Rails guides ride the Lake Shore Limited between Utica and Albany. They come from the Erie Canal Way National Heritage Area.

Heartland Flyer

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Heartland Flyer
The Heartland Flyer offers a Trails & Rails program between Norman, Oklahoma and Forth Worth, Texas, based out of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

Illinois/Lincoln Service

Trails & Rails guides from Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (the Gateway Arch) ride the Lincoln Service between St. Louis and Springfield, Illinois.

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Maple Leaf
The Maple Leaf Trails & Rails program operates from Albany, New York to Syracuse, New York and is based out of Erie Canal Way National Heritage Area and Ft. Stanwick National Historic Site.

A photo of Amtrak's Wolverine train.

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Michigan Services (Blue Water and Wolverine)

Follow the shores of Lake Michigan with volunteers from Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Trails & Rails guides ride the Blue Water between Chicago and New Buffalo. They are on board the Wolverine between Chicago and Kalamazoo.

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Northeast Regional

Trails & Rails guides from the National Mall are on board the Northeast Regional between Washington, D.C. and New York City. They provide passengers with information about regional events and sites.

A photo of the Pacific Surfliner train

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Pacific Surfliner

The Pacific Surfliner is a commuter train linking San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. It is rated one of the top four most scenic train rides in the country. Cabrillo National Monument hosts the San Diego to Los Angeles link.

Southwest Chief

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Southwest Chief
On board guides ride two sections of the Southwest Chief. One group operates between La Junta, Colorado, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is based out of Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site. Between Chicago to La Plata, Missouri, guides are on board thanks to Texas A&M University's Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences and the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation.

Sunset Limited

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Sunset Limited
The Sunset Limited Trails & Rails program operates between New Orleans, Louisiana and Beaumont, Texas and is hosted by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. Listen to our podcasts about this route, courtesy of the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Texas Eagle

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Texas Eagle
The Texas Eagle features two Trails & Rails programs. One operates from San Antonio, Texas to Ft. Worth, Texas and is based out of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. A second program is hosted by the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and runs between Chicago and Springfield, Illinois.