Amtrak trains on the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision

Over the last few months, I have captured a number of images of Amtrak trains on the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision (STS). I decided to put them together in one post, moving along the from east to west, the direction that the mileposts count up from Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

The CSX Syracuse Terminal Subdivision

The STS was formed from the western end of the CSX Mohawk Subdivision in January of 2011.The Syracuse Terminal Subdivision (STS) starts at control point (CP) 263 (milepost QC 263.8) in Oneida, New York. The subdivision then runs west to CP296 (MP QC 296.8) at Airport Road, just to the west of Solvay, New York. The Mohawk Subdivision now ends at the westbound absolute signals at CP263, since CP263 is part of the STS. On the western end the STS meets the CSX Rochester Subdivision and ends at the westbound absolute signals. CP296 is part of the Rochester Subdivision.

AMTK 711 leading Empire Service train P063 at Auto 280/CP280

On October 2, 2021, I caught AMTK 711 leading train P063 at Auto 280/CP280 (MP QC 280.5), along the three-track segment of the subdivision. Auto 280/CP280 sits along Saintsville Road in Kirkville, New York. Between CP278 and CP282, the STS has three tracks. Track 4 begins off of Track 1 at CP278 and goes west to the eastern edge of CSX's DeWitt Yard near CP282. CP280 is a semi CP. It only controls Track 4. Track 1 and Track 2 are controlled by automatic block signals. P063 is rolling west on Track 2, which is the southernmost track. Track 1 is the middle track, and Track 4 is the northernmost track. Only Track 4 is controlled CP 280. The block signals for Track 1 and Track 2 are automatic signals that are approach lit.

Westbound P063-02, led by AMTK 711, splits the signals for Track 1 and Track 2 at Auto 280/CP280.

P063 normally runs as Amtrak's Maple Leaf train, but due to the current US-Canadian border restrictions the train has been reclassified as an Empire Service train. Under normal circumstances, P063 runs from Penn Station in New York City to Toronto, Ontario, but currently, the train terminates at Niagara Falls, New York.

AMTK 716 leading Empire Service train P284 east at Auto 280/CP280

On March 25, 2022, I headed over to CP280 to capture Empire Service train P284 from the air using my drone. Below, AMTK 716 is leading train P284-25 east toward Auto 280/CP 280. DeWitt Yard is about a mile and a half to the west of here.

Looking to the west, as AMTK 716 leads P284 east at CP280, along Saintsville Road
Looking to the west, as AMTK 716 leads P284-25 east at CP280, along Saintsville Road.

AMTK 707 leading Empire Service train P284 at DeWitt Yard

Moving west along the STS to the western edge of DeWitt Yard is CP285 (MP QC 286.0). On September 22, 2021, I caught Empire Service train P284, led by AMTK 707, coming east on Track 2 through the eastern edge of CP285. CP285 is at the Bridge Street overpass in East Syracuse, New York, and the control point spans to both sides of the overpass. 

AMTK 707 leads P284 east at CP285 on the west side of DeWitt Yard
AMTK 707 leads P284 east on the eastern edge of CP285 at DeWitt Yard.

Behind P284 a westbound CSX intermodal train is departing DeWitt Yard. The intermodal train is on one of the two departure lead tracks that feed into Track 1 at CP285.

AMTK 115 & AMTK 142 leading the Lake Shore Limited at DeWitt Yard

In another view at CP285, taken on October 2, 2021, AMTK 115 is leading the Lake Shore Limited, train P048, east on Track 2. This view is looking west as the train splits the westbound signals on the eastern edge of the control point. Behind train P048 is the Bridge Street overpass, and beyond the overpass are some old New York Central (NYC) coaling towers from the days when this rail line and yard were part of the NYC. For a better photograph of the coaling towers, see the third photo on the linked post. 

AMTK 115 & AMTK 142 lead the Lake Shore Limited east, at CP285.
AMTK 115 & AMTK 142 lead the Lake Shore Limited east, at CP285.

AMTK 716 leading Empire Service train P284 at CP285

As mentioned above, CP285 extends beyond both sides of the Bridge Street overpass. Below, AMTK 716 leads Empire Serice train P284 east through the east bound control point signals. The NYC coaling towers are just to the left of these block signals. 

AMTK 716 leads train P284 east at the western edge of CP285
AMTK 716 leads train P284 east at the western edge of CP285, on 12/22/2021.

AMTK 701 leading Empire Service train P284 at CP291

Moving west, the final Amtrak train is Empire Service train P284-30, led by AMTK 701. P284-30 is eastbound at CP291 (MP 291.5) on Track 2 of the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision (STS). Behind P284-30 is CSX intermodal train Q017-29 (now renamed to I017) going west on Track 1 of the STS. P284-30 is just about a minute away from arriving at the Syracuse Regional Transportation Center.

AMTK 701 leads Empire Service train P284 east at CP291
On September 30th, 2021, AMTK 701 leads Empire Service train P284-30 east at CP291.

 The STS at CP291 skirts around the southeastern end of Onondaga Lake. The lake is just on the other side of the trees behind the two trains. The street in the foreground of the photograph is Harborside Drive, which runs between Destiny USA Mall and the tracks. CP291 is also where CSX's St. Lawrence Subdivision connects with the STS. The STS ends to the west of here at the westward absolute block signals of CP296 (milepost (MP) 296.8), where the CSX Rochester Subdivision begins. 

The green platform (in the lower left corner) is the now unused Carousel Center station platform. The station served the, now defunct, OnTrack commuter railroad operation. OnTrack operated from 1994 to 2008, before being discontinued.

Post updated on January 10, 2022, with a photograph and text featuring P284 at CP285.
Post updated on April 4, 2022, with photograph and text featuring P284 at CP280.

Comments

  1. Very nice shots! I have to travel to see an Amtrak train come through.

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    1. Thank you, Shelly.

      There are eight Amtrak trains that make their way through Syracuse, so I have plenty to see if I want. I'm guessing the Southwest Chief would be the closest for you to see?

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