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.

Effective January 1, 2019, the Private Car Tariff will be replaced by the revised Conditions for Movement of Privately Owned Railroad Cars on Amtrak.

Important Rate Information for All Private Car Owners

Scheduling a Move

For more information about scheduling a move, please call:

  • 1-800-424-0217 and choose option “9” from the main menu
  • Press "1" for Private Car Manager 
  • Press "2" for Charter Manager

For emergencies, press "0" and you will be transferred to an open line (available 24/7).

Request a private car movement

Before You Go

Private Car Guidelines at Amtrak Facilities

Private Car Inspection Process

Private Car Inspection Support Information

Parking at Amtrak Facilities

Equipment Sale Notice

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)