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 Conditions for Movement terms and conditions, and other information about private car movements.
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).
Before You Go
Private Car Guidelines at Amtrak Facilities
Need Short or Long Term Parking?
Download and complete all short and long term parking agreements, then contact the Special Movement Department for assistance. A specialist will document all the requests and work with both the private car owner and local facility where the parking agreement is to be honored.
Once it is determined the parking agreement will be honored by the local facility, the specialist will work with the private car owner via a movement request to move the car to the specified location for parking.
Private car owners will be billed by Amtrak for rendered services.
Private Car Inspection Process
Private Car Inspection Support Information
- NAOE Air Test Record
- Private Car 40 Year or Older Inspection
- Private Car Annual Inspection Form
- Private Car Axle & Wheel Periodic Ultrasonic Test Results
- Private Car Clearance Form
- Private Car Data Form
- Private Car Follow-Up Inspection After Amtrak 40 Year Inspection Form
- Private Car Passenger Record
- Private Car Route Mileage Log
- Private Car Shop Report
- Private Car Wheelset Serial Number Record
Equipment Sale Notice
Private Car Organizations
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