|Service type||Inter-city rail|
|Locale||Midwest United States|
|Predecessor||New England States|
|First service||May 10, 1971|
|Last service||January 6, 1972|
|Successor||Lake Shore Limited|
|End||New York City|
|Distance travelled||960 miles (1,540 km)|
|Average journey time||17 hours 30 minutes|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
The Lake Shore was a long-distance passenger train operated by Amtrak between Chicago and New York via Cleveland, Ohio. The Lake Shore's route paralleled that of the New York Central's famed Lake Shore Limited. Amtrak introduced the Lake Shore on May 10, 1971, nine days after Amtrak had assumed control of most private-sector passenger train operations in the United States of America. The Lake Shore was the only train to serve Cleveland, which had been the largest city left out of the original system. Amtrak introduced the route on the understanding that Ohio and New York would assume two-thirds of the cost of the train. The initial plan included a Toledo, Ohio—Detroit, Michigan connection (to be supported by the state of Michigan); Amtrak dropped the planned connection because of poor track conditions between the two cities.
The Lake Shore was the last long-haul train to use Cleveland's Union Terminal, with the last departure occurring on December 31, 1971. For the last week of the Lake Shore's runs Amtrak used a temporary platform near the Detroit–Superior Bridge, west of the terminal, to avoid incurring a year's fees ($250,000) for a week's use. Amtrak discontinued the train in January 1972, after New York failed to meet its obligations. Amtrak would later introduce the Lake Shore Limited over the same route.
- "Detroit-Toledo Train Cancelled". Argus-Press. May 26, 1971. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
- "Cleveland and Toledo get Amtrak". Bryan Times. May 6, 1971. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
- Toman, Jim; Blaine S. Hayes (1996). Horse trails to regional rails: the story of public transit in greater Cleveland. Kent State University Press.; 280
- "Lake Shore Service Cut". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 5, 1972. Retrieved 2010-07-19.