Amtrak will continue to operate trains on a modified schedule for the Wolverine Service and Blue Water routes through the end of September as it completes infrastructure improvements in West Michigan. The track and signal work will result in improved reliability, a smoother ride and the future extension of 110 mph Amtrak service between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.
Showcasing the past, present and future of America’s Railroad®, the Amtrak Exhibit Train will visit the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat (1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT) August 23-24. Visitors are welcome aboard for free tours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.
Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation (Illinois DOT) are adding the Chicago-Champaign-Carbondale route of the Illini and Saluki trains to a pilot project that allows travelers to bring their pets along on trips to and from Chicago and Downstate Illinois. Small pets have been carried between Chicago and Quincy on Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains since April, with almost 20 small animals safely transported.