Using Amtrak's Tracking Service
Open your internet browser and go to www.amtrak.com. Select the "Status" tab from the box on the left hand side of the page.
Enter the date, train number, departure city and arrival city and click "Check Status."
Find your train among the options that are listed on the next page. You will be able to see the departure time and the estimated arrival time, including notes regarding early or late departures or arrivals.
Using a GPS Device and Laptop or Palm Device with Mapping Software to Real-Time Track Your Train
Find a window seat, turn on your GPS device and point the antenna toward the sky. Once you have a signal, place your GPS device on a table, tray or sill as near to the window as possible.
Connect your GPS device to your laptop or palm device with a USB cable. Turn on your laptop or palm device. If this is the first time you've used your GPS with your laptop, you may be prompted to install a new driver. Follow the directions for installing the driver.
Open your mapping software. Options for mapping software that work with GPS devices include Rand McNally's Street Finder Deluxe, National Geographic Mapping and Microsoft Streets and Trips.
Choose your software's GPS option to receive images that show the location of your train. Depending on the software you are using, your location should refresh every second to every five seconds.