Washington to the Allegheny Mountains
Our overnight journey on board the Capitol
Limited takes us 764 miles (1,230km) from Washington
DC to Chicago. We begin at Washington's beautifully
restored Union Station and as we leave the city we catch glimpses
of landmarks such as the blue and gold dome of the largest Catholic
cathedral in the US. The train soon enters the state of Maryland
and we begin our climb through the Appalachians, which offers us
wonderful views of the Allegheny Mountains along the way.
Across the Appalachian Trail to Harpers Ferry
The Capitol Limited crosses the famous
Appalachian Trail, the world's longest continuous footpath, and
travel over the Potomac River into West Virginia. The train then
carries us along the beautiful Potomac River Valley and through the
historic town of Harpers Ferry, renowned for its pivotal role in
the American Civil War, before continuing through the peaceful,
rolling countryside - once the scene of huge battles during the
Through Maryland and Ohio to Cleveland
On leaving Martinsburg, the home of the oldest working
railway station in the US, the Capitol
Limited re-enters Maryland and heads through Cumberland
towards the Cumberland Gap - a pass through the Appalachian
Mountains. We quickly reach the Maryland/Pennsylvania State Line
and travel towards Pittsburgh, arriving in the city at nightfall.
Soon after leaving Pittsburgh we cross another State Line into Ohio
and continue through the state's farmlands to Cleveland. Situated
on the southern shores of Lake Erie, the city of Cleveland has been
called home by many famous Americans - including political leaders,
John D Rockefeller and Superman!
During the night we continue through Ohio on a route which
follows the shore of Lake Eyrie to Sandusky, one of the Great
Lakes' major coal shipping ports, and the port city of Toledo,
situated at the western end of the lake. Leaving Lake Eyrie behind
us we head into Indiana and race westwards across the state,
arriving at the Illinois/Indiana State Line in the morning. Shortly
after entering Illinois we reach the outer suburbs of Chicago.
Enjoy the excellent views of the Chicago River and the dramatic
city skyline as the Capitol Limited makes its
final approach to our destination, the 'Windy City' of Chicago and
its imposing Union Station.