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Atlantic City Express (Amtrak train)

Atlantic City Express
Service type Inter-city rail
Status Discontinued
Locale New Jersey, New York City
Predecessor Blue Comet
First service May 1989
Last service April 1, 1995
Successor Atlantic City Express Service
Former operator(s) Amtrak
Start Richmond, Harrisburg, Springfield
End Atlantic City
Train number(s) 653, 654, 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, 667, 668, 670, 682, 685, 693, 696
On-board services
Class(es) Reserved coach
Disabled access Yes
Catering facilities On-board cafe
Baggage facilities Luggage racks
Rolling stock EMD F40PH (locomotive)
Comet (passenger car)
Electrification 25 Hz, 12kV along NEC
Track owner(s) Amtrak, NJ Transit

The Atlantic City Express was an Amtrak train that ran from both New York City and Washington, D.C. to Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the Northeastern United States.

The train operated on the Northeast Corridor from New York City and Washington, D.C. to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where it went east to Atlantic City. The train made several local stops at Amtrak stations along the route. The train started service in May 1989, after Amtrak spent extra Northeast Corridor improvement funds to rehabilitate the Atlantic City Line from Philadelphia to Atlantic City. The train was designed to provide service to gamblers and vacationers.[1]

Amtrak also operated some through services from Atlantic City to Richmond, Virginia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

All Amtrak service to Atlantic City was discontinued on April 1, 1995. The following day New Jersey Transit started operating local trains between Philadelphia and Atlantic City.[1] When Amtrak ran the express service, New Jersey Transit trains ran only between Atlantic City and Lindenwold.


A variant of the former Amtrak service, Atlantic City Express Service, began a weekend express train from Pennsylvania Station to Atlantic City on February 6, 2009. The service was sponsored by several casinos and was run by New Jersey Transit over the Northeast Corridor and the Atlantic City Lines, with a stop in Newark.[2] The last train ran in September 2011,[3] with the train formally discontinued in 2012.[4]


  1. ^ a b Waltzer, Jim. "Waltz Through Time: An Express Derailed".  
  2. ^ Salkin, Allen (December 15, 2008). "A Luxury Train, Bound for Atlantic City".  
  3. ^ "ACES rail line between Atlantic City and New York shuts down for fall and winter". Press of Atlantic City. September 15, 2011. Archived from the original on March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ NBC 40. Associated Press. March 9, 2012 . Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  • Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Part 2: Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. (Videotape). Pasadena, CA:  
  • Barlas, Thomas (2008-01-17). "N.Y.-Atlantic City casino train service running behind schedule". Archived from the original on 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2008-02-12. ...Atlantic City Express service will not begin running until this summer... 

External links

  • 1994 timetable
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