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Amtrak Pennsylvanian train ride from Phildalphia to Harrisburg.
Amtrak Pennsylvanian train ride from Phildalphia to Harrisburg.
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Amtrak Pennsylvanian: Why We Need the Train
Amtrak Pennsylvanian: Why We Need the Train
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Amtrak Pennsylvanian train 43, 07T Cresson, PA 3 1 14
Amtrak Pennsylvanian train 43, 07T Cresson, PA 3 1 14
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Amtrak Pennsylvanian train ride from Tyrone to Johnstown via Altoona
Amtrak Pennsylvanian train ride from Tyrone to Johnstown via Altoona
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Amtrak Pennsylvanian train 42 with Veterans unit Lewistown, PA 10 8 13
Amtrak Pennsylvanian train 42 with Veterans unit Lewistown, PA 10 8 13
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The Pennsylvanian Train 43 Part 3
The Pennsylvanian Train 43 Part 3
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CSX & NS trains in Pennsylvanian ! (Summer 2013)
CSX & NS trains in Pennsylvanian ! (Summer 2013)
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1100th Video-The Pennsylvanian train 42 and Amtrak Veterans Unit 42
1100th Video-The Pennsylvanian train 42 and Amtrak Veterans Unit 42
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The Pennsylvanian train 43 with P42 43 and Juniata Terminal Cars
The Pennsylvanian train 43 with P42 43 and Juniata Terminal Cars
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The Pennsylvanian train 43-Amtrak Veterans Unit 42
The Pennsylvanian train 43-Amtrak Veterans Unit 42
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The Pennsylvanian train 42- Inspection Car Navy 118
The Pennsylvanian train 42- Inspection Car Navy 118
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The Pennsylvanian train 42
The Pennsylvanian train 42
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The Pennsylvanian trains 42,43 at Paoli and Thorndale
The Pennsylvanian trains 42,43 at Paoli and Thorndale
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The Pennsylvanian,Train 42,Heritage Unit 145 and 7 Private Cars Part 9
The Pennsylvanian,Train 42,Heritage Unit 145 and 7 Private Cars Part 9
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Train Travels: Amtrak Pennsylvanian Views
Train Travels: Amtrak Pennsylvanian Views
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Amtrak Pennsylvanian Train 43 Through Cove PA
Amtrak Pennsylvanian Train 43 Through Cove PA
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The Pennsylvanian trains 42,43 and a Keystone Part 4
The Pennsylvanian trains 42,43 and a Keystone Part 4
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The Pennsylvanian,train 42,43 and heritage unit #145 Part 5
The Pennsylvanian,train 42,43 and heritage unit #145 Part 5
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Amtrak Pennsylvanian Train No 43 with 40th Exhibit Train
Amtrak Pennsylvanian Train No 43 with 40th Exhibit Train
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Amtrak Pennsylvanian train 43 07T Cresson, PA 10 8 14
Amtrak Pennsylvanian train 43 07T Cresson, PA 10 8 14
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Amtrak "Pennsylvanian" Train Arriving Greensburg PA  From Penn Station
Amtrak "Pennsylvanian" Train Arriving Greensburg PA From Penn Station
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The Pennsylvanian,train 42 and Amtrak
The Pennsylvanian,train 42 and Amtrak's Veterans Unit 42 Part 10
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Amtrak Pennsylvanian Train No 43 with Heritage Unit P42DC No. 145
Amtrak Pennsylvanian Train No 43 with Heritage Unit P42DC No. 145
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The Pennsylvanian train 42-2003
The Pennsylvanian train 42-2003
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The Pennsylvanian,trains 42,43 at Lancaster Station
The Pennsylvanian,trains 42,43 at Lancaster Station
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Amtrak Keystone and Pennsylvanian Trains and SEPTA on the Paoli Thorndale Line in HD
Amtrak Keystone and Pennsylvanian Trains and SEPTA on the Paoli Thorndale Line in HD
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The Pennsylvanian train 43-2001
The Pennsylvanian train 43-2001
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The Pennsylvanian trains 42,43 and a Keystone Part 6
The Pennsylvanian trains 42,43 and a Keystone Part 6
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Amtrak Pennsylvanian train 43 07T Carneys Crossing Rd, Cresson, PA 10 11 14
Amtrak Pennsylvanian train 43 07T Carneys Crossing Rd, Cresson, PA 10 11 14
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Amtrak Heritage #156 on Pennsylvanian Train 42 12/03/11
Amtrak Heritage #156 on Pennsylvanian Train 42 12/03/11
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Exclusive: AMTRAK DASH 8-32BWH #514 on Pennsylvanian Train to Pittsburgh Train #43 5/18/2013
Exclusive: AMTRAK DASH 8-32BWH #514 on Pennsylvanian Train to Pittsburgh Train #43 5/18/2013
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The Pennsylvanian,train 43, heritage unit #145 and 4 Private Cars Part 8
The Pennsylvanian,train 43, heritage unit #145 and 4 Private Cars Part 8
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amtrak pennsylvanian train 42 arrives at exton pa (HD)
amtrak pennsylvanian train 42 arrives at exton pa (HD)
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AMTRAK Dash 8-32BWH on Pennsylvanian Train #42 to Philadelphia and ACS-64 Delivery Annoucement
AMTRAK Dash 8-32BWH on Pennsylvanian Train #42 to Philadelphia and ACS-64 Delivery Annoucement
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Exclusive: AMTRAK Pennsylvanian Train #43 with P42 #145 in Phase III Paint Scheme 7/14/13
Exclusive: AMTRAK Pennsylvanian Train #43 with P42 #145 in Phase III Paint Scheme 7/14/13
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Amtrak Pennsylvanian train gos by malvern (HD)
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The Pennsylvanian train 43 and Amtrak Heritage unit #822 Part 11
The Pennsylvanian train 43 and Amtrak Heritage unit #822 Part 11
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My trip to Pittsburgh from Newark on Amtrak
My trip to Pittsburgh from Newark on Amtrak's Pennsylvanian train #43
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The Pennsylvanian,train 42 and Amtrak Heritage unit #145 Part 6
The Pennsylvanian,train 42 and Amtrak Heritage unit #145 Part 6
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P42 #99 and P32 #514 lead the Pennsylvanian train 42
P42 #99 and P32 #514 lead the Pennsylvanian train 42
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AMTRAK Dash 8-32BWH on Pennsylvanian Train #43 to Pittsburgh 5/26/2013
AMTRAK Dash 8-32BWH on Pennsylvanian Train #43 to Pittsburgh 5/26/2013
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P42 #164 leads the Pennsylvanian train 43
P42 #164 leads the Pennsylvanian train 43
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The Pennsylvanian,train 42 and 3 Keystones Part 3
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Amtrak Pennsylvanian train 42, 04T Juniata Terminal Cars Tyrone, PA 10/10/14
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amtrak dash-8 514 leads the Pennsylvanian train # 42 at malvern
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AMTRAK P42 #125 on Pennsylvanian Train #42 to Philadelphia 3-19-2013
AMTRAK P42 #125 on Pennsylvanian Train #42 to Philadelphia 3-19-2013
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The Pennsylvanian trains 42,43 and a Keystone Part 5
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The Pennsylvanian, trains 42,43 and Amtrak Phase 3 Heritage P42 #145 Part 4
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Amtrak Pennsylvanian train 43 Mifflin, PA 6 5 14
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Amtrak Pennsylvanian Train 43 cruises over Carneys Crossing
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Pennsylvanian
Amtrak "Pennsylvanian" at Bryn Mawr, PA.jpg
Pennsylvanian passing Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Overview
Status Operating
First service April 27, 1980
Current operator(s) Amtrak
Ridership 568 daily
207,422 total (FY11)[1]
Route
Start New York City, New York
Stops 17
End Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Distance travelled 444 miles (715 km)
Average journey time 9 hours, 20 minutes
Train number(s) 42, 43
On-board services
Class(es) Standard and Business Class
Seating arrangements Reserved Coach Seat
Catering facilities Dinette
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Track owner(s) Norfolk Southern Railway
Amtrak
Route map
Dist. Station
0 mi New York City(subway)
New York/New Jersey border
North River Tunnels
10.0 mi 
16.1 km 
Newark (PATH / Light Rail)
58 mi 
93 km 
Trenton (River Line)
New Jersey/Pennsylvania border
91 mi 
146 km 
Philadelphia (SEPTA)
110 mi 
177 km 
Paoli
112 mi 
180 km 
Exton(train 42 only)
159 mi 
256 km 
Lancaster
177 mi 
285 km 
Elizabethtown
195 mi 
314 km 
Harrisburg
256 mi 
412 km 
Lewistown
293 mi 
472 km 
Huntingdon
313 mi 
504 km 
Tyrone
327 mi 
526 km 
Altoona
366 mi 
589 km 
Johnstown
403 mi 
649 km 
Latrobe
413 mi 
665 km 
Greensburg
444 mi 
715 km 
Pittsburgh

The Pennsylvanian is a 444-mile (715 km) daytime Amtrak train running between New York and Pittsburgh via Philadelphia. The trains travel across the Appalachian Mountains, through Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, suburban and central Philadelphia, and New Jersey en route to New York. Trains run once daily in each direction. The entire train ride takes about 9 hours total, with 1.5 hours between New York and Philadelphia, 2 hours between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, and 5.5 hours between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.[2]

The Pennsylvanian is a once a day replacement of the Keystone service between New York and Pittsburgh, offering Business Class seating as an upgrade to the coach-only seating on Keystone trains. Prior to Amtrak, the route was known as the Duquesne, named after Fort Duquesne in Pittsburgh, and operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Pennsylvanian began on April 27, 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. Between 1998–2005 Amtrak shifted the endpoints west to Chicago and Philadelphia, providing daylight service to Cleveland, Ohio. In 2005 the Pennsylvanian reverted to a Pittsburgh–New York schedule. On its inauguration the Pennsylvanian used Amfleet equipment and continues to be so equipped.

History[edit]

The Pennsylvanian is the replacement of the former Keystone service between New York and Pittsburgh. Prior to Amtrak, the route was known as the Duquesne, named after Fort Duquesne in Pittsburgh, and operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Duquesne had a long history, finally becoming a daily New York—Pittsburgh train on October 25, 1959, numbered 16 eastbound and 25 westbound. With the start of Amtrak operations on May 1, 1971, the Duquesne was renamed the Keystone and renumbered 42 westbound and 43 eastbound with the first Amtrak timetable on November 14, 1971. The Keystone was discontinued on April 30, 1972.[3]

The immediate impetus for the Pennsylvanian was the discontinuance of the National Limited, a New York–Kansas City train which had provided service over the corridor.[4]:75 The Pennsylvanian began on April 27, 1980, as a state-supported daylight train between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with connecting service to New York via the Philadelphian (a Clocker) westbound and the Montrealer eastbound. At the time the Pennsylvanian was inaugurated, the Broadway Limited was departing Pittsburgh at an inconvenient early morning hour. The new train ran with Amfleet equipment, including a cafe car.[5][6] Pennsylvania agreed to pay 20% of the train's costs for the first year, or $580,000, with the state and Amtrak eventually splitting the costs 50/50 by the third year.[7]

Between 1981 and 1983, Pennsylvanian equipment was turned every night to operate a second state-supported train, the Fort Pitt, which ran from Pittsburgh to Altoona.[8] Amtrak withdrew this train in early 1983 after the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) declined to continue subsidizing the increased operation. At the time the Fort Pitt carried 30 passengers per day.[9]

Genesis powered Amtrak "Pennsylvanian" passing Rosemont, Pennsylvania

After significant ridership gains in 1984, PennDOT proposed that a second train be added to the route. PennDOT and Amtrak would have split the costs evenly. Amtrak officials were favorable, but budget problems stalled the plan.[10]

In the late 1980s passenger-rail groups urged Amtrak to extend the Pennsylvanian to Cleveland, Ohio. Proposals included new stations in Sewickley and Beaver Falls.[11] Pressure increased in 1989 when Amtrak announced the re-routing of the Broadway Limited and Capitol Limited over that same route as part of a restructuring of routes in Indiana. As part of this change, the Capitol Limited began serving the Cleveland—Pittsburgh route, albeit in the middle of the night.[12] Amtrak and PennDOT considered two routes for an extended Pennsylvanian: one via Alliance, Ohio (following the route of the Capitol Limited) and one via Youngstown, Ohio (partially following the Broadway Limited) with a new stop in New Castle, Pennsylvania.[13]


On November 7, 1998, Amtrak extended the Pennsylvanian through to Chicago along the route of the Capitol Limited via Toledo, finally bringing a daylight connection to Cleveland. The Three Rivers continued to run over a different schedule via Akron and Fostoria. As part of the change Amtrak truncated the eastern end to Philadelphia, enabling the train to complete the run within a single day.[14][15] Amtrak returned the Pennsylvanian to the New York—Pittsburgh route on January 27, 2003, citing low ridership and Amtrak's withdrawal from the express freight business.[16] On November 1, 2004, Amtrak merged the Pennsylvanian and Three Rivers, keeping the latter name with a western terminus in Chicago. Amtrak had sought $2.5 million in assistance from Pennsylvania to keep both trains running. On March 8, 2005, Amtrak truncated service to Pittsburgh—New York and restored the Pennsylvanian name to the route.[17][18]

GE P32BWH (Dash 8-32BWH) powered Amtrak "Pennsylvanian" passing Haverford, Pennsylvania

As of 2010 there is no through service west of Pittsburgh; the Capitol Limited continues to provide service to Chicago, though as part of its federally mandated analysis of the worst-performing long-distance routes, Amtrak determined that reinstating a through-car connection with the Pennsylvanian would result in the highest gain in monetary and customer service measurements of possible options.[19] To implement this, Amtrak plans to operate a Viewliner sleeper car, an Amfleet cafe car and two Amfleet coaches between Chicago and New York approximating the historic Broadway Limited, via the Capitol Limited and Pennsylvanian. This would begin when funding and equipment is available.[19]

On January 28, 2011, it was announced that Pennsylvania had received a $750,000 grant from the federal government to study expanding service westwards from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh along the route of the Pennsylvanian, including higher speeds and additional frequencies.[20]

During fiscal year 2011, the Pennsylvanian carried over 200,000 passengers, a 2% increase over FY2010. The train had a total revenue of $8,856,539 during FY2011, up 4.8% from FY2010.[1] In Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013, ridership increased to 212,006 and 218,997 respectively. Likewise, revenue increased to $9.28 and $10.4 million respectively. In May 2013 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania agreed to $3.8 million in funding to subsidize the service.[21]

In November 2013, The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that funding would be provided for the train to operate until October 1, 2014. The change in subsidiary resulted from PRIIA laws passed in 2009 that requires states to subsidize Amtrak routes less than 750 miles in legnth [22]

Equipment[edit]

Sample consist
June 26, 2006
Location Pittsburgh
Train Eastbound #42
  • Locomotive: GE P42DC #139
  • Amfleet I coach #82559
  • Amfleet II coach #25056
  • Amfleet II coach #25117
  • Amfleet II coach #25001
  • Amfleet I business/cafe #48179
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Amtrak EMD AEM-7 #905 with a westbound Pennsylvanian at Newark in 2012. This engine will be swapped out for a diesel locomotive in Philadelphia.

On its inauguration the Pennsylvanian ran with then-new Amfleet equipment: two coaches and a cafe.[5] Today the Pennsylvanian continues to use an all-Amfleet consist although the number of coaches has grown to five. The train consists of an Amfleet I business class car, an Amfleet I cafe car, an Amfleet I coach, and three Amfleet II long-distance coach cars. Motive power is usually a GE P42DC diesel electric locomotive west of Philadelphia and then either an EMD AEM-7 or Alstom/Bombardier HHP-8 overhead electric powered unit between Philadelphia and New York with a power change made at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. In recent times, motive power between Pittsburgh, PA and Philadelphia, PA is provided by a General Electric Genesis or Dash 8-32BWH.[23]

Route[edit]

The Pennsylvanian follows the Pennsylvania Railroad's Main Line over the following trackage:[24]

Amtrak Pennsylvanian (interactive map)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Amtrak Ridership Rolls Up Best-Ever Records" (PDF). Amtrak. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Amtrak System Timetable". Amtrak. October 26, 2009. Retrieved August 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Bruce (1981). Amtrak--the first decade. Silver Spring, MD: Alan Books. OCLC 7925036. 
  4. ^ Sanders, Craig (2006). Amtrak in the Heartland. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-34705-X. OCLC 61499942. 
  5. ^ a b Fisher, Ken (April 28, 1980). "Amtrak Train Begins Daylight State Crossing". Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ Amtrak (August 3, 1980). "National Train Timetable". Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ McCann, Tom (April 23, 1980). "Amtrak, PennDOT expand service". Daily Collegian. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  8. ^ McCann, Tom (April 15, 1981). "Amtrak expands service: Western Pa. to get Three full runs". The Daily Collegian. Retrieved August 9, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Train serving Latrobe, Greensburg finished". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. December 24, 1982. Retrieved August 9, 2009. 
  10. ^ Fisher, Ken (January 7, 1986). "Second train to New York put on hold". Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 21, 2010. 
  11. ^ Sterling, Joe (March 15, 1989). "Amtrak may OK area stop for route". Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved August 21, 2010. 
  12. ^ Utterback, Debra (November 14, 1989). "Amtrak train heads for Beaver Falls, but it won't be stopping". Beaver Country Times. Retrieved August 21, 2010. 
  13. ^ Moore, Lori (September 28, 1990). "Group continues call for trains stop". Beaver Country Times. Retrieved August 21, 2010. 
  14. ^ "All Aboard: Amtrak schedule changes are what it has to do". Post-Gazette. September 9, 1998. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  15. ^ Amtrak (October 25, 1998). "National Timetable". Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  16. ^ Patch, David (December 11, 2002). "Amtrak trims Toledo service". Toledo Blade. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  17. ^ Ritchie, Jim (October 1, 2004). "PennDOT won't chip in for cross-state train". Tribune-Review. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  18. ^ Ritchie, Jim (March 6, 2005). "Pittsburgh to be end of the line for train". Tribune-Review. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  19. ^ a b "PRIIA Section 210 FY10 Performance Improvement Plan Capitol Limited". Trains Magazine. Amtrak. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Feds pledge $750G for rail study". Johnstown Tribune Democrat. January 28, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  21. ^ Fontaine, Tom (May 24, 2013). "State commits annual $3.8M to Pittsburgh-Harrisburg Amtrak line". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  22. ^ http://www.wpprrail.org/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ a b "Pennsylvanian". TrainWeb. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  24. ^ Amtrak (June 2, 2013). "Pennsylvanian On-Time Performance". Retrieved June 2, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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