Serving New York, Washington, D.C., Charlotte, Atlanta, Mobile, and intermediate points
Amtrak train numbers: 519 and 520
Predecessor railroad train numbers: None
In 1989, Amtrak inaugurated a new train service, paid for in part by the state of Alabama, operating from New York to Mobile, Alabama, as a section of the Crescent, split from or combined into that train at Birmingham.
Ridership was fairly strong, to the point that several cities were added as station stops due to potential passenger demand, and plans were made to extend the train through Mississippi to New Orleans. However, Amtrak budget cuts in 1995 resulted in the train's discontinuance.
Condensed historical timetables:
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(1990) (1994) (1994) (1990)
1:45P 1:42P Dp New York Ar 2:45P 1:45P
6:30P 6:50P Washington 9:28A 9:00A
2:25A 2:58A Charlotte 1:04A 12:49A
8:15A 8:45A Atlanta 7:45P 7:35P
11:40A 12:23P Birmingham 2:20P 2:10P
2:08P 2:21P Montgomery 11:08A 10:57A
6:11P 6:08P Ar Mobile Dp 7:55A 7:10A
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