Amtrak palmetto schedule

Amtrak palmetto schedule DEFAULT

ACL's Palmetto

The Palmetto is often associated with Amtrak's present-day service between New York and South Florida.  However, long ago this same name was given to a new train launched by the Atlantic Coast Line during the early 1940s connecting the Big Apple with eastern Georgia. 

Under the ACL's direction the Palmetto offered passengers numerous amenities providing a consist of Pullmans and coaches that was predominantly heavyweight in nature, at least until the train's late era when most had been retired (it became noteworthy for fielding heavyweights for many years). 

As ridership declined a number of accommodations were lost although it survived until a year after the Seaboard Coast Line merger when the Palmetto was removed from the timetable.

The Atlantic Coast Line added what was then known as the Palmetto Limited to its timetable during the summer of 1942, likely as a means of providing more services for the rush of wartime demand in moving troops and other passenger movements related to the war effort. 

The new train was listed as #77 (southbound) and #78 (northbound) providing service between Boston/New York and Savannah, Georgia. 

As always, such a schedule was dependent on help from several partnering roads; the New Haven handled the train between Boston and New York where the Pennsylvania carried it to Washington, D.C.; from there the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac handled it to Richmond at which point the ACL picked it up for the remaining journey south to Savannah.

Interestingly, in 1944 the railroad embarked on an endeavor to shorten the names of several trains; the Palmetto Limited became simply the Palmetto and the Coast Line Florida Mail was shortened to just the Florida Mail

There was also a change for the flagship Champions; when first launched they had been known as the Tamiami Champions but were later regarded as simply the "East Coast" Champion and "West Coast" Champion to reflect which part of Florida they served. 

According to Larry Goolsby's book, "Atlantic Coast Line Service: The Postwar Years," the Palmetto would depart New York early in the afternoon (the Boston section left around breakfast) and arrived in Savannah around lunchtime with a schedule of just under 24 hours.

Since the Palmetto was always considered a secondary train it often ran with a lot of head-end mail/express within its consist.  The ACL also regarded it as a "Coach-Pullman Train." 

For instance, according to the company's December, 1956 timetable a typical consist would include reclining-seat coaches, a full diner, café-lounge, and up to seven sleepers. 

While the railroad acquired a large batch of lightweight, streamlined cars after the war the Palmetto was not assigned many of these for years and still ran predominantly heavyweight through the early 1950s; in fact, the train carried one of ACL's last heavyweight sleepers still in service through early 1959, a car offering 6-section/6-double bedroom accommodations. 

The era also witnessed the loss of ACL's gorgeous Royal Purple and silver livery.  During 1957 incoming president W. Thomas Rice abolished the paint in favor of a more drab black and yellow scheme citing high maintenance costs. 

By the 1960s even the ACL was feeling the affects of declining ridership and began cutting back services; for the Palmetto it lost its Savannah-Washington sleeper during February of 1964, leaving it only sleeper service via its connecting train to Augusta (it also carried a connecting sleeper to Wilmington but this service operated on the West Coast Champion during the summer). 

During the summer of that year more cutbacks ensued as the train's southern terminus became Florence, South Carolina.  As Mr. Goolsby's book notes it appears the train's primary purpose from then until its demise was carrying through cars for connections to Wilmington an Augusta.

(The below Palmetto timetable is dated effective April 30-June 22, 1967.)

Read Down Time/Leave (Train #171/New Haven)
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Time/Arrive (Train #172/New Haven)
8:00 AM (Dp)
Boston, MA (South Station) (ET)
6:45 PM (Ar)
8:18 AM
Route 128, MA
6:26 PM
8:54 AM
Providence, RI
5:55 PM
10:54 AM
New Haven, CT
3:40 PM
12:25 PM (Ar)
New York, NY (Grand Central Terminal)
2:10 PM (Dp)
Time/Leave (Train #149/Pennsylvania)
Time/Arrive (Train #126/Pennsylvania)
2:00 PM (Dp)
New York, NY (Pennsylvania Station)
12:20 PM (Ar)
2:16 PM
Newark, NJ
12:05 PM
2:59 PM
Trenton, NJ
11:20 AM
3:26 PM
North Philadelphia, PA
10:52 AM
3:35 PM
Philadelphia, PA (30th Street Station)
10:43 AM
4:04 PM
Wilmington, DE
10:14 AM
5:05 PM
Baltimore, MD
9:10 AM
5:45 PM (Ar)
Washington, DC (Union Station)
8:30 AM (Dp)
Time/Leave (Train #77/RF&P)
Time/Arrive (Train #78/RF&P)
6:55 PM (Dp)
Washington, DC (Union Station)
6:50 PM (Ar)
9:10 PM (Ar)
Richmond, VA
4:35 AM (Dp)
Time/Leave (Train #77/Atlantic Coast Line)
Time/Arrive (Train #78/Atlantic Coast Line)
9:40 PM (Dp)
Richmond, VA
4:05 AM (Ar)
10:30 PM
Petersburg, VA
3:30 AM
11:22 PM
Emporia, VA
11:50 PM
Weldon, NC
2:25 AM
1:05 AM (Ar)
Rocky Mount, NC
1:40 AM (Dp)
Time/Leave (Connection)
Time/Arrive (Connection)
2:45 AM (Dp)
Rocky Mount, NC
11:25 PM (Ar)
4:31 AM
Goldsboro, NC
10:00 PM
7:30 AM (Ar)
Wilmington, NC
7:15 PM (Dp)
Time/Leave (Train #77/Atlantic Coast Line)
Time/Arrive (Train #78/Atlantic Coast Line)
1:05 AM (Dp)
Rocky Mount, NC
1:40 AM (Ar)
1:35 AM
Wilson, NC
12:45 AM
2:10 AM
Selma, NC
12:12 AM
2:45 AM
Dunn, NC
11:45 PM
3:35 AM
Fayetteville, NC
11:15 PM
4:05 AM
Pembroke, NC
10:35 PM
4:30 AM
Dillon, NC
10:10 PM
5:15 AM (Ar)
Florence, SC
9:30 PM (Dp)
5:45 AM (Dp)
Florence, SC
9:10 PM (Ar)
6:50 AM
Sumter, SC
8:17 PM
8:05 AM
Orangeburg, SC
7:05 PM
8:35 AM
Denmark, SC
6:28 PM
8:55 AM
Barnwell, SC
6:08 PM
9:37 AM
Jackson, SC
5:30 PM
10:30 AM (Ar)
Augusta, GA
5:00 PM (Dp)
Time/Leave (Georgia Railroad)
Time/Arrive (Georgia Railroad)
11:10 AM (Dp)
Augusta, GA
4:20 PM (Ar)
4:40 PM (Ar)
Atlanta, GA
11:15 AM (Dp)

As a result, not much happened for the Palmetto from then on, as it quietly carried on in its secondary role. 

According to one of the ACL's last public timetables, the train's consist in the spring of 1967 included five reclining-seat coaches, a parlor, bar-lounge, the Washington-Wilmington sleeper (10-roomette/6-double-bedroom), and a café-lounge for the connection between Florence and Augusta. 

During the summer of that year the Seaboard Coast Line was formed through the merger of ACL and SAL.  As the new railroad prioritized its remaining passenger operations, not surprisingly the Palmetto was eventually removed, making its final run under the SCL on December 30, 1967 although its Florence-Augusta connection still ran and, timed with the Champion.

If the Palmetto sounds like a southern train that's because it very much is, connecting New York City with Savannah, Georgia. The name itself comes from the Sabal palmetto tree, common in the south, and the state tree of South Carolina. 

The train was a creation of Amtrak in mid-1970s although it actually dates back to a southern line that operated a named streamliner of the same name along a very similar routing. In general, Amtrak has had success with its southern trains (just as railroads like the Atlantic Coast Line and Seaboard Air Line did) and upon creating the train once again saw its demand surge. 

Today, it operates somewhat in tandem with the Silver Service trains although it is not included as part of that marketing terms (both of those routes continue on southward and deep into Florida). In recent years the Palmetto has seen ridership slowly increase and as such Amtrak will likely retain it as a through route for a long time to come.

The history of the Palmetto can be traced back to the Atlantic Coast Line. The southern railroad was well known for its streamliners to Florida, such as the ChampionFlorida Special, and Havana Special (operated jointly with the Florida East Coast to Key West until 1935). 

The train was originally known as the Palmetto Limited and inaugurated by the ACL in 1909 as an exquisite, through sleeper that connected New York City, Washington (D.C.), and Tampa (Florida) operated in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Railroad. 

Few expenses were spared with the on board amenities provided with heavyweight parlors, lounges, diners, and full Pullman service included.  Essentially, it was tailored for those with the means to travel so lavishly although technically the railroad intended the train to be used for business travelers.

For power the Palmetto Limited used a Class P-5a 4-6-2 Pacific and operated on a 32.5 hour schedule, quite fast at the turn of the 20th century for a route that was more than 1,300 miles in length. For the next 30+ years little changed with the train in terms of consist and accommodations. 

However, during the mid-1930s the train had a change to its routing. No longer would it operate to Florida but truncate at Savannah. Then, in 1942 a major upgrade came in the way of diesel power and regal streamlining. 

In  early 1939 the ACL had debuted its first streamliner to Florida, the Champion, and its amazing success spurred the railroad to continue equipping the rest of the fleet in such a manner. In 1942 this included upgrading the Palmetto Limited, which received lightweight cars adorned in the ACL's new purple, silver, and yellow livery and powered by an Electro-Motive Corporation E6A diesel.

Four years later the train saw its name changed to just the Palmetto in 1946, and it remained as this for the next 20 years. With the merger of the Seaboard Air Line and Atlantic Coast Line in July, 1967 to create the Seaboard Coast Line the train was not retained within the passenger fleet ending nearly 60 years of continuous operations. 

When Amtrak began on May 1, 1971 there was little thought given to the long defunct ACL train. However, with the continued success of the SCL's former Silver trains, the Silver Star and Silver Meteor, it was decided revive the old name. 

On June 15, 1976 Amtrak reintroduced the Palmetto from New York to Florida. The train became quite successful and before then end of that year was extended to Miami.

Interestingly, it was the first train to serve the southeast to use Amtrak's new Amfleet cars with usual power in those days provided by EMD F40PHs. Despite its success the train offered little more than coach service for many years, which interestingly has not changed significantly today. 

During the 1980s the train saw several changes such as being combined with the Carolinian twice at different times between New York and Richmond, as well as adding Jacksonville as a stop in the late 1980s. By the early 1990s the train had reached all of the way to Tampa. 

However, the train was cancelled on February 1, 1995 due to funding issues. It returned later in the decade as the Silver Palm but returned to its original name in 2002 as the Palmetto and a routing back to Florida.

Today, the train operates only as far south as Savannah with the Silver Service trains providing passengers the ability to reach the Sunshine State. 

A typical consist still only includes standard and business class coaches along with lounge service and, of course, baggage accommodations. Power, as with virtually all intercity Amtrak trains is now provided by General Electric Genesis series diesels. 

Perhaps if the Palmetto offered more on board amenities to passengers it may see higher ridership but in any case it currently carries nearly 200,000 patrons annually.  There, the carrier provides a downloadable timetable that includes everything available on the train as well as its counterparts, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star.

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Amtrak’s Palmetto trains run daily and connect New York City and Savannah with stops in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. For an extra fee, business class is available and includes non-alcoholic beverages, newspaper and priority boarding (plus seats are fully refundable should you need to cancel your trip last minute).

Things to Know

  • There is WiFi and a cafe on the train, but no dining car
  • The Palmetto is a day train with no overnight travel
  • The Silver Star and Silver Meteor trains stop at the same rail stations, but continue on to Florida, so you can also book a seat on those trains if the times work better with your schedule


View the Amtrak timetable for the Palmetto train (listed under Silver Service). You can also view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets.

Schedule highlights:

  • Trip time between Savannah and Charleston is about 1.5 hours (faster than driving)
  • Trains depart New York City very early in the morning and arrive around midnight assuming no delays

Major Stops

  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Washington D.C.
  • Richmond, VA
  • Florence, SC (Myrtle Beach)
  • Charleston, SC
  • Savannah, GA


  • New York, NY – Penn Station (NYP)
  • Newark, NJ – Penn Station (NWK)
  • Trenton, NJ (TRE)
  • Philadelphia, PA – 30th Street Station (PHL)
  • Wilmington, DE (WIL)
  • Baltimore, MD – Penn Station (BAL)
  • Washington, DC – Union Station (WAS)
  • Alexandria, VA (ALX)
  • Richmond, VA – Staples Mill Road Station (RVR)
  • Petersburg, VA (PTB)
  • Rocky Mount, NC (RMT)
  • Wilson, NC (WLN)
  • Selma-Smithfield, NC (SSM)
  • Fayetteville, NC (FAY)
  • Dillon, SC (DIL)
  • Florence, SC (FLO)
  • Kingstree, SC (KTR)
  • Charleston, SC (CHS)
  • Yemassee, SC (YEM)
  • Savannah, GA (SAV)


  • Manhattan
  • Empire State Building
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Rutgers University
  • Rutgers Geology Museum
  • Delaware History Museum
  • Delaware Children’s Museum
  • The Delaware Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Wilmington Rowing Center
  • U.S. Capitol Building
  • Washington D.C. museums
  • Old Town Alexandria
  • James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
  • Fredericksburg City Dock Park
  • Edgar Allen Poe Museum
  • Virginia State Capitol
  • Imagination Station Science & History Museum
  • Savannah Historic District (requires vehicle)
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Amtrak Palmetto Route Guide

The Amtrak Palmetto will take you from New York to Savannah, GA via the Northeast Corridor. This train is part of Amtrak’s Silver Service with the Silver Meteor and Silver Star. You’ll journey from the Northeast to the deep south.

The Palmetto will take you from New York City to Savannah, GA via Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Richmond, Florence SC and Charleston. You can also enjoy the journey from Savannah to New York City.


Train Info

Ticket Options

On the Palmetto you can purchase tickets in these categories (sample summer fares for 2 people shown):

  • Coach ($228)
  • Business ($430)

Scenic Views

This route is a shorter version of the Silver Meteor which continues it’s journey to Miami, FL. This is a day train which gives you great views of the cities and the farmlands as you journey from the North into the South.

Major Stations

The major and notable stations on the Amtrak Palmetto are New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Richmond, Florence SC, Charleston and Savannah.

States Visited

The Amtrak Palmetto travels into quite a few states as you start out in New York then travel to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Station Reviews

The Palmetto has terminus stations of New York City on one end and Savannah, GA via Silver Service on the other. New York’s Penn Station is a site to behold. You’ll want to arrive early to navigate this massive building and take some time to look around as you make your way to Moynihan Train Hall. A full range of services are offered at this station and there are many restaurants where you can eat. Savannah Passenger Station does not have as much to offer but it is a staffed station with luggage check.

Both stations offer free checked baggage, up to 2 bags per person of 50lbs.

Amtrak Baggage Allowance
Moynihan Train Hall – New York City

You will board your Amtrak train in Moynihan Trail Hall in New York. It’s a gorgeous hall with 92 ft high skylights and modern amenities. It is a world class station. You will find restaurants as well as convenience stores.

There are lots of options for hotels near this station. The closest option is the Fairfield Inn & Suites Penn Station.

Savannah Passenger Station

Savannah Passenger Station is a fine example of mid century modern architecture. The station is embellished with brightly colored murals with depictions of the rich city history. It is south and west of the Savannah River.

There are no recommended hotels within walking distance of this station, so pick one you like in town and plan to catch a cab to the station.

Trip Planning

The Palmetto can be paired with several other trains for a longer vacation. From New York you can travel further north on the Vermonter or go west to Chicago on the Lake Shore Limited.

Booking Tickets

Tickets for Amtrak can be booked at or by using their app on your phone. Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.




NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station


PALMETTO train Schedule

PALMETTO train line operates on everyday. Regular schedule hours: 8:20 AM

DayOperating Hours
Sunday8:20 AM
Monday8:20 AM
Tuesday8:20 AM
Wednesday8:20 AM
Thursday8:20 AM
Friday8:20 AM
Saturday8:20 AM
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PALMETTO train Line Map

The PALMETTO train (NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station) has 23 stations departing from Savannah and ending in NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station.

PALMETTO train time schedule overview for the upcoming week: Starts operating at 8:20 AM and ends at 8:20 AM. Operating days this week: everyday.

Choose any of the PALMETTO train stations below to find updated real-time schedules and to see their route map.

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  • Savannah

    2611 Seaboard Coastline Dr, SavannahView full schedule

  • Yemassee Amtrak

    3 Wall St, YemasseeView full schedule

  • Charleston Amtrak Station

    View full schedule

  • Kingstree Amtrak Station

    101 East Main Street, Williamsburg CountyView full schedule

  • Florence Amtrak Station

    807 E Day St, FlorenceView full schedule

  • Dillon Amtrak Station

    100 North Railroad Avenue, DillonView full schedule

  • Fayetteville Amtrak Station

    472 Hay St, FayettevilleView full schedule

  • Selma

    500 East Railroad Street, SelmaView full schedule

  • Wilson

    North Lodge Street, WilsonView full schedule

  • Rocky Mount

    Florida Avenue, Rocky MountView full schedule

  • Petersburg Amtrak Station

    3516 South (ettrick) St, EttrickView full schedule

  • Richmond Staples Mill Road Amtrak Station

    7519 Staples Mill Rd, DumbartonView full schedule

  • Alexandria

    110 Callahan Drive, AlexandriaView full schedule

  • Union Station

    50 Massachusetts Avenue Ne, WashingtonView full schedule

  • New Carrollton, Md

    View full schedule

  • Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport, Md

    7 Amtrak Way, Anne Arundel CountyView full schedule

  • Baltimore Penn Station

    1500 North Charles Street, BaltimoreView full schedule

  • Wilmington

    South French Street, WilmingtonView full schedule

  • Philadelphia

    View full schedule

  • Trenton Amtrak Station

    16 Wallenberg Avenue, TrentonView full schedule

  • Metropark Amtrak Station

    View full schedule

  • Newark

    Raymond Plaza West, NewarkView full schedule

  • NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

    258 W 31 St, ManhattanView full schedule

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  • What time does the PALMETTO train start operating?

    Services on the PALMETTO train start at 8:20 AM on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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  • What time does the PALMETTO train stop working?

    Services on the PALMETTO train stop at 8:20 AM on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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PALMETTO train Schedule

PALMETTO train line operates on everyday. Regular schedule hours: 8:20 AM

DayOperating Hours
Sunday8:20 AM
Monday8:20 AM
Tuesday8:20 AM
Wednesday8:20 AM
Thursday8:20 AM
Friday8:20 AM
Saturday8:20 AM

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PALMETTO line Train fare

Amtrak PALMETTO (NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station) prices may change based on several factors. For more information about Amtrak train tickets costs please check the Moovit app or agency's official website.


The first stop of the PALMETTO train route is Savannah and the last stop is NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station. PALMETTO (NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station) is operational during everyday.

Additional information: PALMETTO has 23 stations and the total trip duration for this route is approximately 936 minutes.

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Palmetto (train)

Amtrak Palmetto Number 89 in Wilson North Carolina.jpg

A Palmetto pulls into Wilson, North Carolina.

Service typeInter-city rail
LocaleNortheastern United States, Mid-Atlantic (United States) and Southeastern United States
PredecessorPalmetto (Atlantic Coast Line Railroad)
First serviceJune 15, 1976
November 10, 1996
Last serviceFebruary 1, 1995
Current operator(s)Amtrak
Ridership380,815 total (FY16)[1]
StartNew York City
Stops21 southbound, 20 northbound
EndSavannah, Georgia
Distance travelled829 miles (1,334 km)
Service frequencyDaily
Train number(s)89/90
  • Reserved coach
  • Business class
Seating arrangementsAirline-style coach seating
Catering facilitiesLounge car
Baggage facilitiesChecked baggage available at select stations
Rolling stockAmfleet coaches
Track gauge4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Track owner(s)Amtrak, CSX

The Palmetto is a passenger train operated by Amtrak on a 829-mile (1,334 km) route[2] between New York City and Savannah, Georgia, via the Northeast Corridor, Washington, D.C., Richmond, Virginia, Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina. The Palmetto is a shorter version of the Silver Meteor, which continues south to Miami, Florida. Between 1996 and 2002 this service was called the Silver Palm. Although currently a day train, in the past the Palmetto provided overnight sleeper service to Florida.

During fiscal year 2019, the Palmetto carried 345,342 passengers, a decrease of 11% from FY2018.[3] The train had a total revenue of $27,208,372 during FY2016, a 61.4% increase over FY2015.[1]


The "Palmetto" name was first used by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1909 for the Palmetto Limited, which ran from New York City to Augusta and Savannah, Georgia, with a connection to Atlanta via the Georgia Railroad. The ACL train was discontinued in 1968.

Amtrak introduced the new Palmetto on June 15, 1976. The train drew its name from the Sabal palmetto, the state tree of South Carolina. The Palmetto was the first train in the Southern United States to receive the then-new Amfleet equipment, and the 828-mile (1,333 km) run was the longest at the time for the new coaches.[4] At the time of introduction, Amtrak planned to run the Palmetto daily for the summer only, with service ending September 8. However, citing better-than-expected ridership, Amtrak extended the Palmetto to a year-round service indefinitely.[5] In October 1976 the Florida Department of Transportation urged Amtrak to extend the Palmetto south to Miami.[6]

Between October 1984 and September 1985, Amtrak operated the Carolinian, a North Carolina-focused regional train, as a section of the Palmetto. The two trains ran combined between New York and Richmond, Virginia. At Richmond the Carolinian continued separately to Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina. The Carolinian was discontinued after the state of North Carolina refused to increase its support for the train.[7][8][9]

In December 1988 Amtrak extended the Palmetto south to Jacksonville, Florida. The train continued to be coach-only, without full dining service.[10] Beginning on May 12, 1990, the Palmetto combined with a revived Carolinian, although this time the split occurred in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The two trains began running independently to New York in April 1991.[11][12] In October 1994 the Palmetto became a full overnight with sleeper and dining car service, running through to Tampa, Florida. This replaced the Silver Meteor's Tampa section.[13] This extension was short-lived: budget cuts under the Clinton administration led to the Palmetto's discontinuance on February 1, 1995.[14]


See also: Silver Palm (train)

Amtrak added a third train from New York to Miami on November 10, 1996, known as the Silver Palm in line with the Silver Service brand for Amtrak's Florida trains. However, it used the same route as the former Palmetto and carried the same numbers (89 southbound and 90 northbound). While the Silver Star and Silver Meteor ran straight from Jacksonville to Miami, at Jacksonville the Silver Palm turned west and continued over the old Seaboard Air Line Railroad main line via Waldo, Ocala, Wildwood and Dade City to Tampa. At Tampa, it reversed and ran south to Miami. Amtrak restored the Palmetto name on May 1, 2002, after it removed the sleepers and dining car from the train, although it continued serving Florida.

On November 1, 2004, Amtrak truncated the Palmetto to Savannah, Georgia, operating a daytime schedule to and from New York (as it had prior to 1994). With the truncation to Savannah, the Silver Star was rerouted to serve Tampa; the old Jacksonville-Lakeland route is now served by a Thruway Motorcoach bus transfer from the Silver Star, which serves all the former stations as well as Gainesville.[15]

In the January 2011 issue of Trains magazine, this route was listed as one of five routes to be looked at by Amtrak in FY 2011 as the previous five routes (Sunset, Eagle, Zephyr, Capitol, and Cardinal) were examined in FY 2010.[16] In October 2015, in an effort to reduce redundant trains, Amtrak temporarily cancelled one daily Northeast Regional round trip and allowed the Palmetto to take local passengers north of Washington. Stops at New Carrollton, BWI Airport, Princeton Junction, New Brunswick and Metropark were added to the Palmetto.[17]


TrainNorthbound #51
  • Genesis P42DC #90
  • Heritage Baggage Car #1736
  • Amfleet I Business/Cafe #48190
  • Amfleet II coach #25035
  • Amfleet II coach #25057
  • Amfleet II coach #25117
  • Amfleet I coach #82567

The Palmetto generally operates with a General Electric GE Genesis P42DC diesel locomotive, a Viewliner baggage car, an Amfleet I business class car, an Amfleet I cafe car, an Amfleet I coach, and three Amfleet II long-distance coach cars. North of Washington, D.C. a Siemens ACS-64 handles the train.[2] Unlike most Amtrak long-distance trains, the Palmetto does not have sleeping cars.


Amtrak Silver Service (specific Palmetto stops are not marked) (interactive map)

The Palmetto's route has not changed significantly since it first ran in 1976. It parallels the Florida-bound Silver Meteor, making additional station stops. When introduced in 1976 it included two new stations: Dillon and Kingstree, South Carolina. As of 2011[update] Kingstree sees the Silver Meteor as well.[4] The Palmetto added Selma, North Carolina (Smithfield) in October 1982. In October 2015, it added New Carrollton, BWI Airport, Princeton Junction, New Brunswick and Metropark.[18]

Unlike other long-distance trains that operate on the Northeast Corridor, the Palmetto makes local stops as well as major city stops. It stops in Metropark and BWI Airport in both directions, and serves New Brunswick and Princeton Junction southbound and New Carrollton northbound.

Before 2019, the southbound Palmetto followed the practice of most medium- and long-distance trains running in the Northeast, and did not allow passengers to travel only between stations in the Northeast Corridor. It only stopped to receive passengers between Newark and Washington. This policy was intended to keep seats available for passengers making longer trips. Starting in 2019, the southbound Palmetto began allowing local travel along the Northeast Corridor. The northbound Palmetto has allowed such local travel since 2015.


The Palmetto operates over Amtrak and CSX Transportation trackage:

Bus connections[edit]

In October 2012, Amtrak began operating Thruway bus routes in eastern North Carolina that connect to the northbound and southbound Palmetto at Wilson, North Carolina.[19] One route serves Greenville, New Bern, Havelock, and Morehead City; the other route serves Goldsboro, Kinston, Jacksonville, and Wilmington.

Station stops[edit]

State Town/City Station Connections
New YorkNew York CityPenn StationAmtrak:Acela, Adirondack, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Keystone Service, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf, Northeast Regional, Pennsylvanian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
LIRR:Main Line, Port Washington Branch
NJ Transit:North Jersey Coast Line, Northeast Corridor Line, Gladstone Branch, Montclair-Boonton Line, Morristown Line
NYC Subway:1, ​2, ​3, A, ​C, ​E, B, ​D, ​F, <F>, ​M​, N, ​Q, ​R, and ​W trains
NYC Transit buses:M7, M20, M34 / M34A Select Bus Service, Q32
PATH:Hoboken–33rd Street, Journal Square–33rd Street, Journal Square–33rd Street (via Hoboken)
New JerseyNewarkNewark Penn StationAmtrak:Acela, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Keystone Service, Northeast Regional, Pennsylvanian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
NJ Transit:Newark City Subway, Newark Light Rail, North Jersey Coast Line, Northeast Corridor Line, Raritan Valley Line, 1, 5, 11*, 21, 25, 28*, 29*, 30*, 34, 39, 40, 41* 62, 67, 70, 71, 72, 73, 76, 78*, 79*, 108, 308*, 319, 361*, 375*, 378*, go25* *Limited service
PATH:Newark–World Trade Center
Coach USA: 31, 44
IselinMetroparkAmtrak:Acela, Keystone Service, Northeast Regional, Vermonter
NJ Transit:Northeast Corridor Line 48, 801, 802, 803, 804, 805
New BrunswickNew BrunswickAmtrak:Keystone Service, Northeast Regional
NJ Transit:Northeast Corridor Line, 810, 811, 814, 815, 818, 980
West WindsorPrinceton JunctionAmtrak:Keystone Service, Northeast Regional, Pennsylvanian
NJ Transit:Northeast Corridor Line, Princeton Branch, 600, 612
TrentonTrentonAmtrak:Acela, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Keystone Service, Northeast Regional, Pennsylvanian, Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Vermonter
NJ Transit:Northeast Corridor Line, River Line, 409, 418, 600, 601, 604, 606, 608, 609, 611, 619
SEPTA Regional Rail:Trenton Line
SEPTA Suburban Transit Division:127
PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia30th Street StationAmtrak:Acela, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Keystone Service, Northeast Regional, Pennsylvanian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
NJ Transit:Atlantic City Line
SEPTA City Transit Division:Market–Frankford Line, SEPTA Subway–Surface Trolley Lines (Route 10, Route 11, Route 13, Route 34, Route 36), 9, 12, 21, 30, 31, 42, 44, 49, 62, LUCY
SEPTA Suburban Transit Division:124, 125
SEPTA Regional Rail:Airport Line, Warminster Line, Wilmington/Newark Line, West Trenton Line, Media/Elwyn Line, Lansdale/Doylestown Line, Paoli/Thorndale Line, Manayunk/Norristown Line, Cynwyd Line, Trenton Line, Chestnut Hill East Line, Chestnut Hill West Line, Fox Chase Line
DelawareWilmingtonWilmingtonAmtrak:Acela, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Northeast Regional, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
Greyhound Lines
DART First State: 2, 5, 6, 10, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 28, 31, 33, 35, 37, 40, 47, 52, 301, 305 (seasonal)
SEPTA Regional Rail:Wilmington/Newark Line
MarylandBaltimorePenn StationAmtrak:Acela, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Northeast Regional, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
MARC Train:Penn Line
MTA Maryland:Light RailLink, 3, 11, 61, 64
Charm City Circulator: Purple Route, Artscape Shuttle
BWI AirportAmtrak:Acela, Northeast Regional, Vermonter
MARC Train:Penn Line
Park BWI Shuttle
MTA Maryland: 17, 201
Howard Transit: Silver
UMBC Transit: Halethorpe Line
New CarrolltonNew CarrolltonAmtrak:Northeast Regional, Vermonter
MARC Train:Penn Line
Metro:Orange Line
Metrobus: 87, B21, B22, B24, B27, B29, B31, C28, F12, F13, F14, F4, F6, G12, G14, L99, R12, T14, T18
The Bus: 15X, 16, 21, 21X
MTA Maryland: 921
District of ColumbiaWashingtonWashington Union StationAmtrak:Acela, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Northeast Regional, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter, Thruway Motorcoach to Charlottesville, Virginia
MARC Train:Brunswick Line, Camden Line, Penn Line
VRE:Manassas Line, Fredericksburg Line
Metro:Red Line
Metrobus:D3, D6, D8, X1, X2, X8, X9, 80, 96, 97
DC Circulator: Georgetown, Navy Yard
DC Streetcar:H Street/Benning Road Line
MTA Maryland: 903, 922
Loudoun County Transit: Loudoun County
PRTC: Dale City
VirginiaAlexandriaAlexandriaAmtrak:Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Northeast Regional, Silver Meteor, Silver Star
VRE:Fredericksburg Line, Manassas Line
Metro:Blue Line, Yellow Line
Metrobus:REX, 28A, 29K, 29N
DASH: AT2, AT5, AT6, AT7, AT8, AT10
RichmondRichmond Staples Mill RoadAmtrak:Carolinian, Northeast Regional, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Thruway Motorcoach to Charlottesville, Virginia
GRTC: Route 18
EttrickPetersburgAmtrak:Carolinian, Northeast Regional, Silver Meteor, Silver Star
North CarolinaRocky MountRocky MountAmtrak:Carolinian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star
Greyhound Lines
Tar River Transit: all routes
WilsonWilsonAmtrak:Carolinian, Thruway Motorcoach to Greenville, New Bern, Havelock, Morehead City, Goldsboro, Kinston, Jacksonville, and Wilmington, North Carolina
FayettevilleFayettevilleAmtrak:Silver Meteor
South CarolinaDillonDillonnone
FlorenceFlorenceAmtrak:Silver Meteor
KingstreeKingstreeAmtrak:Silver Meteor
North CharlestonCharlestonAmtrak:Silver Meteor
Southeastern Stages
YemasseeYemasseeAmtrak:Silver Meteor
GeorgiaSavannahSavannahAmtrak:Silver Meteor, Silver Star

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ab"Amtrak FY16 Ridership and Revenue Fact Sheet"(PDF). Amtrak. April 17, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  2. ^ abc"PALMETTO". TrainWeb. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
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  4. ^ ab"Southern Amtrak passenger train scheduled". News-Tribune. April 11, 1976. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  5. ^"Amtrak Keeping 2 Trains". Waycross Journal-Herald. August 26, 1976. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  6. ^Edger, Betsy (October 1, 1976). "Amtrak Won't Budge On Schedule Changes". Star-Banner. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  7. ^Foreman, Jr., Tom (October 27, 1984). "'Carolinian' makes trial run". Times-News. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  8. ^Waggoner, Martha (September 3, 1985). "The 'Carolinian' Makes Its Last Run". The Dispatch. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  9. ^Flesher, John (August 13, 1985). "Amtrak talks about scraping Charlotte-to-Raleigh service". Times-News. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  10. ^"Travel Advisory". New York Times. December 18, 1988. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  11. ^"Charlotte-Rocky Mount train back on track". Morning Star. May 12, 1990. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  12. ^"Change to cut Carolinian's run by 40 minutes". The Charlotte Observer. March 15, 1991. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  13. ^"National Timetable". Amtrak. October 30, 1994. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  14. ^Weaver, Jay (January 7, 1995). "Amtrak won't cut trips through Ocala". Star-Banner. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  15. ^Stinson, Lashonda (October 14, 2004). "Amtrak to Cut Service to Several Small Fla. Towns". Lakeland Ledger.
  16. ^"Amtrak's Improvement Wish List", Trains, January 2011, 20-21.
  17. ^"Palmetto Trains 89 and 90 Add New Stops and Temporarily Replace Northeast Regional Trains 121, 131, 181 and 198" (Press release). Amtrak. October 12, 2015. Archived from the original on October 21, 2015.
  18. ^Norton, Debbie (November 11, 1982). "Businessbeat". Star-News. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  19. ^Fitzgerald, Eddie (October 2, 2012). "Amtrak shuttle service debuts in the East". New Bern Sun Journal. Retrieved November 27, 2012.

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