- File: Luke Awtry
- An Amtrak train in Burlington
The train route across the Canadian border only reopened in April after a three-year, pandemic-related shutdown. Heading northbound after Albany, the Adirondack typically stops in Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Fort Edward-Glens Falls, Whitehall, Ticonderoga, Port Henry, Westport, Plattsburgh and Rouses Point. The train would then stop at the border with Québec, where Canadian agents would check travelers’ passports before the train continued on to Montréal’s Central Station.
In Canada, Amtrak runs on track owned by Canadian National Railway, which “has implemented reduced speed regulations due to heat,” forcing Amtrak to truncate the Adirondack line, according to Amtrak spokesperson Jason Abrams.
But in a press release, the North Country Chamber of Commerce, based in Plattsburgh, said Canadian National is limiting trains to 10 miles per hour whenever temperatures exceed 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Adirondack is the only option for Vermonters hoping to travel to Québec by rail. Officials are working to extend the Vermonter line, which currently ends in St. Albans, to Montréal, but the project is years off from completion.