Where Shall We Go? An Eastern View


Photo by Rich Simons – Private Car: “Mount Vernon” behind Amtrak #69 at
Poughkeepsie, New York – 11/8/2013

Far be it from the short list of destinations I mentioned out west, Amtrak does have a great variety of other destinations from which your private railcar adventure might enjoy.

Jack Deasy, of the sleeper-lounge Mount Vernon, offered some suggestions for trips. Here are six excellent private car destinations in the Northeast:

mtv0802Photo by Jack Deasy

Montreal QC: A scenic daytime trip along Lake Champlain and the Hudson River; a wonderful city to visit. Occupied PV parking available in Central Station only from Friday evening arrival through Sunday morning departure. At other times, a PV can be parked in Via’s maintenance facility while guests stay in hotels or bed & breakfast inns.

nfalls_DSC_0026Photo by Jack Deasy The American Falls viewed from Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada.

Niagara Falls NY: A scenic daytime trip from New York City. Occupied PV parking in the Amtrak station, located a few miles from the world-famous Niagara Falls. A good place to park a PV for those who wish to continue onward to Toronto ON by rental car, GO Transit bus, or as a passenger on a Via Rail Canada train. Unfortunately, no PV parking provided at Toronto by Via Rail Canada.

Boston MA: Occupied PV parking in South Station. Lots of historic sites in this city. Can be accessed with a scenic trip over the Berkshires from Albany-Rensselaer NY, or an overnight trip from Washington DC.

Pittsburgh PA: Occupied PV parking in the station. A scenic daytime trip from New York on the Pennsylvanian.

Washington DC: Occupied PV parking in the station. Much to see and do in our nation’s capitol.


Photo by Jack Deasy. The Bear Mountain Bridge across the Hudson River, a few miles south of the US Military Academy at West Point NY, as seen from the rear of a northbound private car.
New York NY: The Big Apple, the city that never sleeps. There are an endless number of things to do and see. Unfortunately, Amtrak does not provide passenger occupied parking at either Penn Station or Sunnyside Yard, so PV guests must obtain lodging in local hotels or inns.

Tempted? All sound like great places to enjoy as destinations aboard a private railroad car!

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