The Capitol Limited is one of two Amtrak trains connecting Washington, D.C., to Chicago, running 764 miles via Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Service began in 1981 and the new daily operation was named after the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's famous Capitol Limited, which was retired in 1971 upon the formation of Amtrak. Today the train carries the Amtrak train numbers 29 (westbound) and 30 (eastbound), which were previously assigned to the discontinued National Limited. Between Washington and Pittsburgh the train follows the original Baltimore & Ohio route, now CSX Transportation. West of Pittsburgh, however, the current Capitol transfers to the Norfolk Southern's former Pennsylvania RR mainline across northeastern Ohio toward Cleveland. West of Cleveland, the train continues on Norfolk Southern trackage all the way to Chicago. Prior to 1990 and during years when it was combined with Amtrak's defunct Broadway Limited, west of Pittsburgh the Capitol travelled through Canton and Lima, Ohio, to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and on to Chicago. After 1990, the train was rerouted to its current routing through Ohio when Conrail announced plans to abandon some require trackage on the west end of the route. The daily Capitols make use of Amtrak's standard long-distance double-decker Superliner equipment: sleepers, coaches, a diner and a lounge. A baggage car typically trails two or three locomotives. In lighter travel seasons, a shorter consist with one locomotive is sometimes used. The Capitol Limiteds are the only trains that service Washington DC with the taller Superliner equipment.
Part of the joy of a journey by train is the ability to explore the stops along the way, and what better way to do that than by bike? If you'd like to ride our rails with your bike, we offer a number of different services to transport your bike onboard. Each train has different equipment and loading procedures that dictate what service will be offered. The capabilities of your origin and destination station also determine how bikes are handled, so check out all the details here before you book your trip.