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12 Facts About Empire Service
Empire Service name was restored on June 11,1972, and individual names were added to the trains along the corridor on May 19,1974.
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All service along the Empire Corridor was consolidated under the Empire brand on October 28,1995.
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From July 10 through September 1,2017, six Empire Service trains used Grand Central Terminal as part of Amtrak's work to make repairs at Penn Station.
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All trains using the Empire Service Connection, excluding the Lake Shore Limited, again operated into Grand Central Terminal from May 26 to September 4,2018, to allow work on the Empire Service Tunnel, the Spuyten Duyvil movable bridge, and Track 19 in New York City's Penn Station.
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Presently, the Empire Service usually operates with a single GE P32AC-DM locomotive, four to five Amfleet coaches, and a business class car.
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The Empire Service utilizes dual-mode locomotives due to a longstanding ban on diesel operations in the Penn Station tunnels.
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Empire Service has been a long-standing candidate for high-speed rail and electrification.
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