To go directly to the map for a section of the country, use the navigation map at left or select
from the list below it. To use the map,
move the mouse over the small inset map of the U.S.
The positions of the trains, which are shown on each of the regional
maps, is derived from Amtrak's website.
The status of these trains is only as accurate as the information Amtrak's website provides.
Please double check with Amtrak. Do not rely solely on these maps.
The maps are a simplification of those shown in Amtrak's Route Atlas.
While viewing a particular map,
move your mouse over each train number to see what its latest status is.
Click on each train to pull up its status file.
Move your mouse over a station symbol to see which station it is. Click on this symbol to bring up Amtrak's station page for that station.
If a train has departed a station, it is shown between that station and the next.
If a train has suffered a service disruption, it doesn't necessarily mean that it is not running, just that its progress can't be tracked via Amtrak's website.
To expand the list of train service for a map, click on the "(+)" in the upper left corner of the page. To hide it, click on the "(-)".
While navigating the service list, move your mouse over each entry in
order to see the train numbers for that service. Click on that entry to go
to the status/archive page.
When Amtrak designates that one of its trains has suffered a Service Disruption (SD),
it ceases to post the train's arrival and departure times in its reservations system.
Since that is where the data comes from for these maps, it presented a problem as
to where to place the train on the map. Since the actual location could not be
known, the train was placed off-map in the Service Disruptions and Cancellations list.
This means that in some cases when an SD has occurred, I'll now be able to place the train
correctly on the map. In such a case, I'll not broadcast via an Alert that an SD has
happened - unless circumstances are such that I cannot accurately place it on the maps.
Some of you may have noticed that when you attempt to load the maps, et al, it sometimes takes too long.
To counter that I've instituted another domain: statusmaps.com .
This address will forward to the proper destination, which can change depending upon network conditions.
So for any bookmarks that contain the following character strings:
you should use statusmaps.com instead. This new domain is located with the same web services company as the normal destination, so it should make loading the web pages better.
The system now distinguishes between service disruptions and cancellations.
Station Status Boards are provided which will display a solari-like
status board for any station that you choose.
Amtrak Status Maps is moving to a new web hosting service.
The change should be almost invisible. However, you may notice that
your options settings (Color Schemes, On-time Standards, Navigation Aids) may have changed.
If so, please set them again. Additionally, if you have any dixielandsoftware bookmarks
with "scripts" in them, you should change "scripts" to "cgi-bin".
Amtrak is running a number of extra trains over this holiday week. They should all appear on the maps.
If any are omitted, please drop me a quick note.
There is now a new alerts system in service. It will allow you to receive email alerts of a train's progress.
By customizing your alert, you can choose to get all of a train's times, just its late times, or whether
or not it sustains a Service Disruption or recovers from one. Click on "ASM Alerts" in the left navigation menu.
The colors of the train numbers represent how late a train is and up until now has been based on the absolute 30/90 rule.
That is now called the Historic On-Time Standard, and is the default. If you like it, you need do nothing.
There is also now an optional lateness criteria called the Amtrak-Based On-Time Standard. It is based
on mileage with more leeway given to trains running longer distances. To use this standard, you must
go down to Options, expand the On-Time Standards section and make that choice. On the maps themselves, there will be
a notation underneath the right corner of the map to let you know which system is being used.
A friend at 4rr.com
has been tracking the repaints as well as some other special engines. He asked
if there was a way to incorporate that information into the maps. So, for now, he's giving
me the information, which I'll add into the status file for the particular train. The black
background for the train number will have two pink horizontal bars. Click on the train to open
the file and see what's "special" about the train.
Empire Service trains which originate in Albany, along with all Springfield and Virginia Regional trains,
and Keystone trains,
have been moved to an expanded Northeast Corridor map. This will give more detail to these local trains, and will
also depict the coordination of the Springfield shuttles with the main line trains. Finally, it will alleviate some
crowding on the East and the Northeast maps.
The Amtrak Cascades trains have been removed from the West map in order to alleviate crowding. They still exist on the Northwest map.
The Midwest map has been expanded to include all of Illinois. Consequently, the Illinois trains have been removed
from the West map.
Any of the options that you have selected will have to be reselected.
There will be an address change, soon. The address of this page will not change. The addresses of the individual maps will.
You'll still be able to find the individual maps by coming to this page first. After the address change, you'll
be able to bookmark the individual map pages again. This change is necessary in order to
deliver the maps differently, in order to accomodate iPads and iPhones.
The Northeast Corridor (NEC) map is on-line. Look closely at the small map of the United States. There
is now a sliver running from Boston to Washington.
This particular map contains all of the Northeast Regional and Acela Express trains.
If you move the mouse over these symbols, a verbal description will appear.
Springfield Shuttles have been added.
All Empire Service trains are now covered.
12/4/2010 Limited advertising has been added.
The maps have been moved to DixieLandSoftware. The new, permanent address is: http:/www.dixielandsoftware.com/Amtrak/status/StatusMaps
Limited advertising might be added.
Added Northwest map.
Added Frequently Asked Questions.
Map to map navigation is provided.
Color coding of train numbers has been slightly changed.
Train numbers on the maps are color-coded. See the Color Legend.
Status files of trains which suffer a service disruption are no longer marked with
"SD" on each line. Rather, an additional comment line is added to the top,
indicating that a service disruption has taken place.
In order to be more mobile-friendly, the list of schedules on each map is collapsible/expandable. Click on the (+) or (-) symbol.
Amtrak.com usually goes down for maintenance each Sunday morning from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. Eastern Time.
During that time, Amtrak Status Maps, although running, cannot get any information from Amtrak.
When that happens, and also when communications are lost for other reasons, the notation
"Lost Contact with Amtrak" is displayed on the maps.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a "Service Disruption"?
When something happens which results in extensive delays to a train, Amtrak will not report on its status. It puts up this message instead:
"Information Unavailable: Sorry, due to a service disruption, we are unable to provide estimated departure and arrival times..."
When that happens, this is shown on the maps as a Service Disruption, and a notation is added to the train's status file.
What does "overdue" mean?
This means that the train hasn't been reported at the next station, for at least an hour after it's due, taking reported lateness into account. This doesn't necessarily mean that the train is losing time. It might simply be late reporting. On the other hand, it really could be losing time. It's best to check with Amtrak directly to be sure.
Why are some reported times missing?
The server takes the times that Amtrak reports and puts them into each train's status file. If Amtrak doesn't post a time, the
server leaves it blank. Also, sometimes my server might be running behind. In that case it'll make sure the latest time is
posted correctly and will skip the earlier times. In either case, it will, however, try to go back and fill in the missing times.
When does the advertising appear?
The advertising link at the top of the maps is designed to present itself every eight days.
If you want to see it on any particular day, and it's not displayed, just click on the (+) at the
top of the page.
What's the difference between a Service Disruption and a Cancellation?
The essential difference is timing. If Amtrak determines that there will be some happenstance which
will prevent a train from running, they can decide to cancel it, or a part of it. They do this in
the reservations system. The train simply doesn't run over the portion of the trip which was canceled.
A Service Disruption usually occurs unexpectedly and on very short notice and in some cases after
the train has started its journey. In this case Amtrak
will designate the train as having suffered a "Service Disruption" in the reservations system.
A train can be canceled entirely or only partially. While the train is running through that
part of its schedule (if any) which is intact, it will appear normally on the map. When it
would have been running through that portion of its schedule which has been canceled, it will move over to the
"penalty box" and be shown in yellow.