Amtrak Capitol Limited Route Guide
Train #29 and #30
Chicago * Cleveland
Pittsburgh * Washington,D.C.
You are traveling on board the Capitol Limited, an Amtrak®
Superliner® train, the premier route between Chicago and Washington,D.C.
While on board, you will be experiencing the utmost comfort and service in
train travel witnessing breathtaking scenery, including an exhilarating climb
through the Allegheny Mountains.
From the capital of mid-America
to the capital of the nation,
see it all on the Capitol Limited.
All of us at Amtrak are proud to have you aboard today, and want to ensure
your trip is everything you want it to be in train travel. If you have any
questions, please do not hesitate to ask one of our friendly on-board
THE FUN STARTS HERE.
There is a lot to see and do aboard the Capitol Limited, from
relaxing, socializing with family and friends, or enjoying a wonderful
meal. Please listen for announcements of the specific times and locations
of these activities, and most of all -- have fun!
Movies and other videos, in the Sightseer Lounge Car. During
summer months, features for children will also be shown.
Hospitality Hour will start your travels off right. We invite you to
join fellow passengers in the Lounge Car for specialty drinks with a
regional flavor and complimentary snacks. Play some cards, make new friends,
enjoy time with your family. Let the Lounge Car be your place for games,
conversation and good times!
Metropolitan Lounge® offers a true first-class touch to your
trip. First Class passengers traveling in Club Service or Sleeping Car
Accommodations can enjoy the hospitality of the Amtrak Metropolitan
Lounges®, in Chicago or Washington Union Stations. Here, First Class
passengers will enjoy a staffed welcoming area, inviting lounge,
complimentary beverage center, plus special services to meet the needs of
MEET THE CREW
The Conductor is in charge of all crew members aboard, and is responsible
for the collection of tickets and the safe operation of the train. The
Chief supervises the on-board service people, and is responsible for the
service you receive while you are on the Capitol Limited.
ON-BOARD ACCOMMODATIONS THAT PAMPER AND PLEASE
Roomy Coach Seats with a Coach Attendant ensures that you are
comfortable and well taken care of during your travels. Please keep in
mind that seats are assigned for the duration of the trip. If you wish
to change seats consult your Attendant first. Please do not re-seat
Private Sleeping Accommodations with your own Sleeping Car
Attendant will provide you with true First Class Service.
Your Attendant will prepare your room for daytime or nighttime
travel, provide wake-up service and bring your morning paper and beverages
to your room. Meals and other amenities are included with your First Class
accommodations. Individual speakers bring you recorded music (Channels 2
and 3) and train announcements (Channels 1 and 2). The channel selector
is located near the reading light in your room.
Private Sleeping Accommodations are available based on your needs.
Deluxe Rooms can accommodate two adults and have a private restroom and
shower. Family Rooms can accommodate up to two adults and three children,
and also have a private restroom and shower. Economy Rooms can accommodate
one or two people. Ample public restrooms and showers are conveniently
located in the lower level of the Sleeping Car. Sleeping Accommodations
may be purchased on board from the Conductor (subject to availability).
(Steve's Note: The above statement that Family Rooms also have a
private restroom and shower is not correct. The family room does not
have its own private restroom or shower)
Dining Car Service offers a delicious dining experience that is
truly pleasing to the palate with its unique Cajun flair. We have even
added gumbo, redbeans and rice, and prime rib to our menu. A crew member
will contact you if dinner reservations are necessary. Major credit cards
are accepted. Sorry, smoking is not allowed in the Dining Car.
Meal Service for in-room dining is available to First Class passengers
if desired. Please make arrangements with your Attendant in advance. Station
arrival times during meal service may delay in-room dining. The delay is due
to the necessity to assist passengers boarding and de-boarding the train.
Sightseer Lounge Car on the Capitol Limited allows you to
view the spectacular scenery along the route through the panoramic windows
on the upper level of the car. The lower level offers light dining where
sandwiches, snacks and beverages, in addition to various sundry items, can
be purchased. The Lounge Car also features first-run movies, a Hospitality
Hour with specialty drinks, and complimentary snacks during the evening.
WHETHER YOU'RE HEADED to the
big-city attractions of Chicago,IL, the
revitalized downtown areas of Cleveland,OH
and Pittsburg,PA, or to the magnificent
monuments of our nation's capital,
your vacation begins the moment you
step on board the Capitol Limited.
Because the Capitol Limited is a vacation
in itself -- a first-class train in every
sense of the word.
The Dining Car features crisp white
linens and gourmet menus prepared by
outstanding chefs who've trained at the
world-renowned Culinary Institute of
America. The Sightseer Lounge cars
offer full-length domed windows for
unrestricted views of the magnificent
scenery along the way. And the spacious
new Superliner® equipment gives you
roomy, comfortable coach seats -- or a
choice of First Class sleeping accommodations,
which include 24-hour beverage
service, showers and other comforts
There's simply no more enjoyable
way to travel between Chicago and
This guide is written from west to east,
in most cases noting how many minutes
past the previous Amtrak® station you
can expect to see a particular sight and
whether you should look right or left. The
first time reference tells you how far that
point is from the next Amtrak station to
the west, and the second time, how far it
is to the next Amtrak stop to the east.
CHICAGO As the train heads south in
the late afternoon hours, look to your
left for a dramatic view of the towering
city skyline. The Sears Tower, Daley
Center and John Hancock Building are
among the many magnificent structures
you can see. Next look to your left for
the new Comiskey Park, completed in
1991. It is home to the Chicago White Sox.
In moments, you'll cross the South
Branch of the Chicago River, where ships
travel between the Great Lakes ports and
points along the Illinois and Michigan
Canal. This river is famous as "the river
that flows backwards" because of its westward
course away from Lake Michigan.
HAMMOND-WHITING This town
was once the residence of
Alvah Curtis Roebuck, a farm boy from
Lafayette. It was here that
Roebuck lost his girlfriend to a janitor,
a heartbreak that precipitated his move
to Chicago. There, he formed a mailorder
company with Richard Sears and
the rest, as they say, is history!
SOUTH BEND To most people, South
Bend is synonymous with Notre Dame.
You can see the famed "gold dome"
rising above the treetops in the distance
on your left. Note: The time change
occurs here during the fall.
WATERLOO This is our last stop in the
Hoosier State. From here, passengers
can make Thruway Bus connections to
Fort Wayne in northeastern Indiana.
Note: The time change occurs here
during the spring.
TOLEDO A major port city and home to
the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame, which
features memorabilia of Cy Young and
Frank Robinson, as well as the "Babe's"
CLEVELAND The largest city in Ohio,
Cleveland is one of the leading manufacturing,
trading and cultural centers of the
Midwest. A famous American hero was
born here -- Superman! This defender of
justice was the brainchild of Cleveland
natives, Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster.
PITTSBURG Modern Pittsburgh is
known as a City of Champions thanks to its
Super Bowl Champion Steelers, National
League Eastern Division Champion Pirates
and Stanley Cup Champion Penguins. It is
also a city of "firsts." Synthetic insulin was
first developed here, as was the first polio
vaccine. The nation's first commercial
nuclear plant opened in Pittsburgh, and
the first all-aluminum sky-scraper was
built here. University of Pittsburgh's football
team was the first to put numbers on
their jerseys; the Steelers were the first
team to win four Super Bowl trophies; and
so on! The original city lay between the
Allegheny and Monogahela Rivers,
which join here to form the Ohio River.
CONNELLSVILLE Depending upon
the time of year, dawn may be breaking
as you pass through this town.
Maryland/Pennsylvania State Line (2:09 Min/7 Min)
As you pass the big red
barn on the right, you are crossing the
Maryland/Pennsylvania state line. Just
prior to this, you passed the famous
Mason/Dixon Line. At times, it is difficult
to determine which state we are traveling
through. In fact, the engine and tail of our
train may be in Maryland, while the middle
is in West Virginia! That's because the
border between Pennsylvania and Maryland
runs in a straight line, while the
border between West Virginia and
Maryland follow the lay of the land.
Lovers Leap (2:11 Min/5 Min)
Legend has it that an Indian princess fell in love
with a federal soldier, and the couple
wanted to marry. The chief forbade their
union. In despair, the couple climbed to the
top of the 1,000-foot cliff to your right
and threw themselves over. The chief was
so upset at the loss of his daughter that
he, too, jumped.
CUMBERLAND Once widely known as
"The Queen City of the Alleghenies" thanks
to its rolling hills, winding waterways, and
Kesslers Bridge/Graham Tunnel
(36 Min./39 Min.) Entering and exiting
Graham Tunnel (1,592 feet in length),
you are in West Virginia, but while traveling
through the tunnel, you are in
Maryland! It's a situation that's led West
Virginians to joke that folks see the best
part of Maryland at Graham Tunnel!
Hancock -- WV, MD and PA (54 Min./21 Min.)
This small community straddles
the Potomac, with the south bank in West
Virginia, and the north bank in Maryland.
Because this site is the narrowest point in
Maryland's neck, the northern edge of
Hancock spills over into Pennsylvania.
The station to your right is
the oldest working train station
in the U.S., having been in continuous
service for over 140 years. Built in 1847,
it is the only structure in Martinsburg
that survived the destruction of the "War
Between the States," and it has been
designated a National Historic Landmark.
West Virginia and Maryland meet, as do
the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. The
community can trace its roots back to a
trading post that was located here in 1733.
In 1798, George Washington located a
federal arsenal here. Harpers Ferry was
made famous on October 16, 1859 when
John Brown and his followers tried to seize
the arsenal. Troops led by Colonel Robert E.Lee
were rushed to the scene by special
trains. This marked the first time in history
that a railroad was used for military
purposes. The abolitionists were soon
cornered and forced to surrender.
Brown was later hanged.
Point of Rocks (17 Min./24 Min.)
This quaint old Victorian depot designed
by Francis E. Baldwin marks the spot
where the line from Washington
joins the original B&O main line
ROCKVILLE After leaving the station,
watch for a small white church on a
hill. This is St. Mary's, final resting
place of F. Scott Fitzgerald. This location
was chosen because the author had
expressed a desire to be buried in
WASHINGTON, D.C. On our approach
into Washington, you'll see the blue and
gold dome and bell tower of the Shrine
of the Immaculate Conception on your
right. This cathedral is the largest
Catholic church in the United States
and is the sixth largest in the world.
The Shrine also marks the site of
the White House, the National Zoo,
the Kennedy Center and the Botanical
Gardens to name but a few. The city's
attractions alone could fill a book,
let alone its colorful political history.
Scenic Photo Tips
SCENIC SPOTS: Your train passes many beautiful and interesting
sights. The "camera" symbol on your Route Guide Map marks the best spots,
so have your camera ready!
OUTSIDE SHOTS: Medium-speed films (ASA 200 or higher) are recommended
for shooting scenery through the train windows. If your shutter speed is
adjustable and light conditions permit, set it at a higher speed (1/125 or
1/250 sec.) for the clearest results. Hold your lens close to the window to
eliminate glare and reflections.
INSIDE SHOTS: Flash is recommended. To avoid glare and reflections,
do not point the flash directly at the windows.
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