Chesapeake (train)

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Service type Inter-city rail
Status Discontinued
Locale Mid-Atlantic states
First service April 30, 1978
Last service October 29, 1983
Successor SEPTA
MARC Train
Former operator(s) Amtrak
Start Washington, DC
End Philadelphia
Distance travelled 134 miles (216 km)
Average journey time 2 hour 18 minutes
Service frequency Monday through Friday
Train number(s) 420, 421
On-board services
Class(es) Unreserved coach
Rolling stock Amfleet coaches
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification Overhead caternary
Track owner(s) Amtrak
Route map

The Chesapeake was a daily passenger train operated by Amtrak along the Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was one of the few commuter trains operated by Amtrak and operated from 1978 to 1983.

Service began on April 30, 1978, with funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Maryland. Among stations reopening was Chester Transportation Center, which the Pennsylvania Railroad had closed in the 1960s.[1] and the Baltimore-Washington International Airport railroad station was added to the service in 1980.[2]

On October 29, 1983, Maryland and Pennsylvania, along with a number of other Northeastern states, took control of their commuter railroads. SEPTA expanded to commuter railroads previously used by the Pennsylvania Railroad and Reading Railroad, and the "MARC" (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) service name was established.[3] The SEPTA R2 (now the Wilmington/Newark Line) and MARC Penn Line became the replacements for the Chesapeake, although no service existed between Perryville and Newark.

Station stops (1978–1983)[edit]

The following station stops were made by Chesapeake trains; not all trains made all stops.

State City Station Notes and Connections
Pennsylvania Philadelphia 30th Street Station SEPTA subway service; SEPTA Regional Rail
Chester Chester Transportation Center SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line
Delaware Wilmington French Street Station SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line
Newark Newark Rail Station SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line
Maryland Elkton Elkton
Perryville Perryville Now stop on Penn Line
Aberdeen Aberdeen Now stop on Penn Line
Edgewood Edgewood Now stop on Penn Line
Baltimore Pennsylvania Station Now stop on Penn Line and Baltimore Light Rail
Edmonson Avenue Station
Linthicum Baltimore Airport Now stop on Penn Line
Odenton Odenton Now stop on Penn Line
Bowie Bowie
Lanham Capital Beltway Metro Orange Line; now stop on Penn Line
Washington, D.C Union Station Metro Red Line; MARC; various Amtrak trains

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