Amtrak Status Maps

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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.



WHAT'S NEW
2/14/2014
The system now distinguishes between service disruptions and cancellations.
8/5/2013
Station Status Boards are provided which will display a solari-like status board for any station that you choose.
4/22/2013
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".
Thanksgiving 2012
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.
7/13/2012
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.
3/29/2012
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. Incidentally, Javascript is required to choose the new system.
2/7/2012
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.
1/29/2012
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.
1/13/2012
The Amtrak Cascades trains have been removed from the West map in order to alleviate crowding. They still exist on the Northwest map.
9/18/2011
The Midwest map has been expanded to include all of Illinois. Consequently, the Illinois trains have been removed from the West map.
3/24/2011
iPads and iPhones work with JavaScript enabled. Addresses of the individual maps have necessarily changed.
Any of the options that you have selected will have to be reselected.
3/23/2011
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.
1/26/2011
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.
12/11/2010
Navigation Aids have been added as an option. Javascript must be enabled in order to select and use the options, as well as the link in the previous sentence. If you move the mouse over these symbols, a verbal description will appear.
12/8/2010
Springfield Shuttles have been added.
12/6/2010
All Empire Service trains are now covered.
12/4/2010
Limited advertising has been added.
11/28/2010
The maps have been moved to DixieLandSoftware. The new, permanent address is:
http:/www.dixielandsoftware.com/Amtrak/status/StatusMaps
Limited advertising might be added.
9/28/2010
Added Northwest map.
8/25/2010
Added Frequently Asked Questions.
10/28/2009
If you have Javascript running, you may now change color schemes. These schemes display the "overdue" trains in different ways.
10/6/2009
Map to map navigation is provided.
9/17/2009
Color coding of train numbers has been slightly changed.
9/3/2009
Train numbers on the maps are color-coded. See the Color Legend.
7/8/2009
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.
5/22/2009
In order to be more mobile-friendly, the list of schedules on each map is collapsible/expandable. Click on the (+) or (-) symbol.



SCHEDULED DOWNTIME
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

Where does the information for the maps and the archives come from?
How accurate is the information?
What is the "ET", "CT", "MT" or "PT" notation in the "Comments" column of some of the trains' files for?
Why do some trains have a notation such as "ET MoTuWeThFrSa" in the "Comments" column of their departure station?
Why does train 92 have "ET SuMoTuWeTh" listed for its departure station? It actually runs everyday.
What is a "Service Disruption"?
When a train has a service disruption, how is it removed from the map?
When a train is late, how is it removed from the map?
Why does a train number on the map "flash", or is gray?
What does "overdue" mean?
Why do the "scheduled" columns not match Amtrak's published schedules?
Why are some reported times missing?
When does the advertising appear?
When I ask to see the status file of a particular train, why do I still see a number like 72.148.42.113:8080 in the address?
If a time is recorded for a train at a particular station, what happens if Amtrak subsequently alters the time in their reservations system?
Why do I sometimes see ".net" in the address and what are the proper addresses?
Why do some train symbols have horizontal pink bars on them?
What's the difference between a Service Disruption and a Cancellation?
What should I expect to see differently between a Service Disruption and a Cancellation on the maps?

Where does the information for the maps and the archives come from?
The actual arrival and departure times of each train come from Amtrak's website (Status tab).

How accurate is the information?
Since the information comes from Amtrak, it's as accurate as they make it.

What is the "ET", "CT", "MT" or "PT" notation in the "Comments" column of some of the trains' files for?
That is the timezone. It is overwritten by status remarks as the train visits each station. The default timezone, if none is shown, is ET.

Why do some trains have a notation such as "ET MoTuWeThFrSa" in the "Comments" column of their departure station?
That tells which time zone applies to that station, and which days the train departs from its origin station. This note is overwritten by the status information when the train departs.

Why does train 92 have "ET SuMoTuWeTh" listed for its departure station? It actually runs everyday.
Certain trains have different schedules depending upon which day of the week it is. Train 92 which departs on Friday or Saturday from Miami has a slightly different schedule than the ones for the other days of the week.

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.

When a train has a service disruption, how is it removed from the map?
When a train is currently enduring a service disruption, it will be removed from the map when the time is later than its destination time.

When a train is late, how is it removed from the map?
A late running train will be given the chance to complete its run. It is removed from the map if the train is least 12 hours overdue, and its status file hasn't changed for 8 hours (12 hours for Sunset Limited).

Why does a train number on the map "flash", or is gray?
It signifies that a train is "overdue".

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 do the "scheduled" columns not match Amtrak's published schedules?
These days Amtrak's published schedules are merely "guidelines". The real times that they adhere to are in their reservations system.

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 ten 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.

When I ask to see the status file of a particular train, why do I still see a number like 72.148.42.113:8080 in the address?
The maps and the status files for the currently running trains are located at www.dixielandsoftware.com. The archives for the status files reside on a private server.

If a time is recorded for a train at a particular station, what happens if Amtrak subsequently alters the time in their reservations system?
I go back and adjust the times manually, if I'm made aware of it.

Why do I sometimes see ".net" in the address and what are the proper addresses?
My private server develops the information for the maps, alerts and station status boards. It then sends the information to a public website for presentation to you. The original public website is dixielandsoftware.com. Occasionally, the web hosting company where this is located has developed technical difficulties. So I opened up dixielandsoftware.net with a completely different web hosting company. By forwarding the address from dixielandsoftware.com to dixielandsoftware.net, I can change which website I'm using. I do this because one or the other will develop technical difficulties on occasion. But the address that you should use is always www.dixielandsoftware.com.

Here are examples of the proper addresses.

Amtrak Status Maps http://www.dixielandsoftware.com
http://www.dixielandsoftware.com/status/StatusMaps
http://statusmaps.net
http://statusmaps.com
Requesting train 92's status file for 8/14/2013 The following is all on one line:
http://www.dixielandsoftware.com/cgi-bin/gettrain.pl?seltrain=92&selyear=2013&selmonth=08&selday=14

Why do some train symbols have horizontal pink bars on them?
This means there is something special about the train, such as it has one of the heritage engines. Open the train's record by clicking on the train symbol to see what is going on.

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.

What should I expect to see differently between a Service Disruption and a Cancellation on the maps?
When a train has a dreaded Service Disruption, it is shown in the "penalty box" in red. If the Service Disruption is rescinded, it will move back onto the map in its proper position.

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.