New Baggage Cars Coming Soon

First we gave you a sneak peek at our new long distance equipment and now it’s time to talk testing! Today, we’re happy to announce that our new baggage cars begin the testing phase of their new equipment journey to the rails.

During  field testing, the baggage cars will travel to Chicago, New Orleans, Miami and along the Northeast Corridor to undergo testing for speed, stability, braking and baggage handling.

Amtrak riders like you, enjoy the convenience of seamless intercity travel and we get that. Our investment in new long distance equipment is in response to those exact needs. By the end of 2016, our long distance routes will see the addition of new diner, sleeper and bag-dorm cars, making for a more modernized travel experience for our riders.

“It’s clear that Americans want a national system of intercity passenger rail and Amtrak is moving ahead to build new equipment to meet customer demand,” said Amtrak President and CEO, Joe Boardman.

The new baggage cars will be used on all 15 long-distance routes, which means the benefits of improved reliability and an enhanced climate-control environment for baggage will be available to our  long distance customers by the end of 2014 . Also, the new cars will be equipped with built-in luggage racks that will be able to secure unboxed bicycles (hooray!).

We’re excited for this next phase of the new equipment journey into revenue service and hope you are too. Check back this summer for more news, photos and information on our new long distance equipment.

What will the addition of the new equipment mean to your Amtrak journey? Let us know in the comment section below.


This article said that the roll-on service would be available on these long distance routes by the end of 2014 but I just checked and as far as I can tell it still has not been implemented. I just checked if the service would be available for me to take my bike on Lake Shore Limited later this year and was told that the service is not available.  Is there any news or information when this will actually be implemented?