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Privately-Owned Rail Cars

An Extraordinary Way to See North America

Amtrak provides the ability for rail/train car owners to have their privately-owned rail/train cars attached to our trains between specified locations to see North America in an extraordinary way. We also provide many services, including 480v standby power, water, ice, septic, car wash, parking, and switching.

The charges to the owner of the private car include an annual registration fee, concurrent with the annual PC-1 inspection, as well as a mileage rate based on the number of cars on that particular movement request and other charges based on the services requested. View our Private Car Tariff terms and conditions, and other information about private car movements.

Notice to All Private Car Owners, June 12, 2014

The increase in tariff rates for private car moves known as Rate Addendum No. 1 originally implemented on March 1, 2014 has been withdrawn. No action will be required on the part of any private car owners. Amtrak will issue credit memos directly to the car owners. The credit memos may be used against existing open invoices or future private car movements at the car owner's discretion. We anticipate that this will be completed within the next 60 days.

Amtrak intends to fully implement rate increases on October 1, 2014 pursuant to the Private Car Rate Addendum No. 2 document.

Scheduling a Move

For more information about scheduling a move, please call the Manager - Private Cars at (302) 683-2297. Please be advised that we can only schedule a movement with the owner of the train car(s).

Destinations and Services

Amtrak offers the ability to move your private train car(s) between the following locations and provides these services:

Station Parking 480v Water Ice Septic Car Wash
Albany, NY Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Albuquerque, NM Yes No Yes Yes No No
Atlanta, GA Yes* Yes No No No No
Boston, MA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Charlotte, NC Yes* Yes No No No No
Chicago, IL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cincinnati, OH Yes* No No No No No
Denver, CO Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
El Paso, TX Yes No No No No No
Florence, SC Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Ft. Worth, TX Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Grand Rapids, MI Yes* Yes Yes Yes No No
Harrisburg, PA Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Houston, TX Yes* Yes Yes No No No
Huntington, WV Yes* Yes No No No No
Indianapolis, IN Yes Yes No No No No
Jacksonville, FL Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Kansas City, MO Yes Yes No Yes No No
Los Angeles, CA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miami, FL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Milwaukee, WI Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
New Haven, CT Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
New Orleans, LA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
New York, NY Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Newport News, VA Yes+ Yes Yes No No No
Niagara Falls, NY Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Oakland, CA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pittsburgh, PA Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Pontiac, MI Yes Yes Yes No No No
Portland, ME Yes Yes Yes No No No
Portland, OR Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Richmond, VA Yes+ Yes Yes No No No
Rutland, VT Yes Yes No No No No
Sacramento, CA Yes* Yes No No No No
Salt Lake City, UT Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
San Antonio, TX Yes* Yes Yes No No No
San Diego, CA Yes Yes Yes No No No
Savannah, GA Yes+ No No No No No
Seattle, WA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sparks, NV Yes Yes No Yes No No
Spokane, WA Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
St. Albans, VT Yes+ Yes Yes Yes No No
St. Louis, MO Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
St. Paul - Minneapolis, MN Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Tampa, FL Yes No No No No No
Washington, DC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Cities (Via Rail)**
Montreal, QC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Toronto, ON Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Vancouver, BC Yes Yes Yes No No No

* Non-Amtrak parking available.
+ Private Cars must remain with train.
** Subject to approval by VIA Rail Canada.

Note: These destinations and services are current as of October 30, 2006, and subject to change at any time. The approval of a move may be subject to height, width, speed restrictions, or other operational factors. Please consult with Amtrak's Private Car Department at (302) 683-2297 for the most up-to-date information about a planned movement.

Private Car Organizations

These organizations can provide information on private car trips for the general public.

  • AAPRCO (The American Association of Private Rail Car Owners)
  • RPCA (Railroad Passenger Car Alliance)