Lake Shore
Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited, the successor of the Lake Shore
Service typeInter-city rail
LocaleMidwest United States
PredecessorNew England States
First serviceMay 10, 1971
Last serviceJanuary 6, 1972
SuccessorLake Shore Limited
Former operator(s)Amtrak
StartChicago, Illinois
EndNew York City
Distance travelled960 miles (1,540 km)
Average journey time17 hours 30 minutes
Service frequencyDaily
Train number(s)60/61
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm)
Timetable number(s)60–61

The Lake Shore was a long-distance passenger train operated by Amtrak between Chicago and New York via Cleveland, Ohio. The Lake Shore's route paralleled that of the New York Central's famed Lake Shore Limited. Amtrak introduced the Lake Shore on May 10, 1971, nine days after Amtrak had assumed control of most private-sector passenger train operations in the United States of America. The Lake Shore was the only train to serve Cleveland, which had been the largest city left out of the original system. Amtrak introduced the route on the understanding that Ohio and New York would assume two-thirds of the cost of the train. The initial plan included a Toledo, OhioDetroit, Michigan connection (to be supported by the state of Michigan); Amtrak dropped the planned connection because of poor track conditions between the two cities.[1][2]

The Lake Shore was the last long-haul train to use Cleveland's Union Terminal, with the last departure occurring on December 31, 1971. For the last week of the Lake Shore's runs Amtrak used a temporary platform near the Detroit–Superior Bridge, west of the terminal, to avoid incurring a year's fees ($250,000) for a week's use.[3] Amtrak discontinued the train in January 1972, after New York failed to meet its obligations.[4] Amtrak would later introduce the Lake Shore Limited over the same route.


  1. ^ "Detroit-Toledo Train Cancelled". Argus-Press. May 26, 1971. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  2. ^ "Cleveland and Toledo get Amtrak". Bryan Times. May 6, 1971. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  3. ^ Toman, Jim; Blaine S. Hayes (1996). Horse trails to regional rails: the story of public transit in greater Cleveland. Kent State University Press. p. 280. ISBN 9780873385473.
  4. ^ "Lake Shore Service Cut". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 5, 1972. Retrieved July 19, 2010.