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posted Apr 10, 2019, 7:50 AM by James Lilly   [ updated Apr 13, 2019, 2:03 PM ]

On Monday, April 8, 2019, Amtrak notified us that our requested movements for all of our upcoming Spring, 2019 private rail car trips and events aboard Dover Harbor have been cancelled/denied.  As a result, we are unable to operate the following planned trips/events: American Music on Dover Harbor, May 19, 2019; The New Yorker, May 24-28, 2019; Pennsylvanian – West & East, May 25-27, 2019 and Tidewater Traveler – Garden Sense, June 2, 2019.  Passengers who had reservations for these trips have been notified of the cancellation and refunds are being issued.

Amtrak cited recent changes in their private rail car operating policies in Washington, D.C. where we principally operate from) as the basis for the cancellations.  Private rail cars may no longer be switched onto or off of almost all trains in Washington, D.C., and may not park in Washington. D.C.  Amtrak said the changes are in order to accommodate construction now underway at Washington Union Station including the Concourse Modernization Project ( ), track 22 platform reconstruction, track 27/28 platform reconstruction and other preparatory work leading to Amtrak’s Second Century Plan (  The construction, and corresponding restrictions on private car operations in Washington. DC, is expected to last for at least two years.

While these new policies will affect our traditional private rail car trip offerings from Washington, D.C. for a period of time, please know that we will continue DCNRHS' longstanding tradition of offering rail oriented trips.  Work is already underway to make other opportunities available to enjoy the comfort and elegance of Pullman travel on Dover Harbor.  Please watch our web site (, and future editions of The Timetable and Trip News year for announcements about these opportunities.   

Our other non-Dover Harbor trips will operate as planned, including the upcoming B&O Railroad Explorer on Saturday, June 1, 2019; the Metropolitan Explorer on Saturday, September 7, 2019; and Baltimore: Railroading’s Hometown, Friday, October 11 to Monday, October 14, 2019.  Please join us for these great tours!

Two versions of Passenger Technology - DOVER HARBOR sits alongside an ACELA Trainset at Washington, D.C. Union Station in November 2017 - Photo by J. Lilly.