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I am refering to the NYC to Atlantic City train that runs on weekends, has anyone here ridden on it yet and if so how was the ride? I am planning on making a return trip to AC in a month and would like to know what the ride is like.

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ACES is run by NJT, so this topic belongs in the NJT forum.

 

It's technically an Amtrak and an NJT train.

 

Amtrak handles the ticketing for it, but NJT supplies the equipment and crews.

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I am refering to the NYC to Atlantic City train that runs on weekends, has anyone here ridden on it yet and if so how was the ride? I am planning on making a return trip to AC in a month and would like to know what the ride is like.

 

I have taken ACES on several occasions this summer returning from Atlantic City to PSNY on the Saturday evening 7:25PM departure. I come down from Manhattan via Academy from 85th/Port Authority and come back up via ACES.

 

Overall it is a nice, relaxing and scenic ride, and with their new lower scaled fares (based on the demand for the schedule and its day of operation), makes it more than worthwhile. I have always sat downstairs (Coach), but the atmosphere and overall quality of the ride was great - that said ACES is more of an experience than it is a regular train ride (which is what the casinos who operate the service - Caesars, Harrahs, and the Borgata - want people to feel). It is particularly nice once you get on the NEC after the engine change just south of the Shore interlocking in North Philadelphia - instantly goes into Acela-like gear up to Newark.

 

I would be weary of buying anything on the train that is not a sandwich, as most things on the a la carte self-serve menu is overpriced (i.e. soda and alcohol). Otherwise it is something to experience.

 

In addition, you get a great feeling when you are waiting at the Caesars bus center on the Academy shuttle to the train station at 6:30PM while the people at the next gate to you wait for an often-times late and overcrowded departure back to NYC (which brings up the other ironic thing - you end up on an Academy bus either way).

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Thank you for that description.

 

In philly the P40DC shuts off and the ALP-44 starts being the motive power.

 

A huge thing in the "acela-like" speed is that you are not slowing down or accelerating for station stops, and the 44 is cleared to 100 mph the entire way from zoo to hack, since it's only 80 miles phl to nyp you can do the math. B)

 

I would say that this is the best train to ride in the country for the distance vs price vs time, it isn't a lie, it really is an express in the spirit of the blue comet & broadway limited.

 

- A

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In addition, what also makes this train worthwhile is the convenient connection to Wildwood & Cape May via the NJT #552 bus which now directly serves the Atlantic City rail terminal. I took a Southbound ACES trip back in July and continued onward on the Cape May bus.

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