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More Amtrak Cascades Service Additions

08/23/2007 AT 21:40

Motorcoaches are also available this week, with buses covering some of the scheduled train frequencies, and new schedules starting Monday, August 13.

"One of the advantages of Amtrak as an operator of state-supported service is a nationwide equipment pool with experts in operations and scheduling," said Kurt Laird, the Seattle-based Amtrak District Superintendent. "We are working closely with the states of Washington and Oregon in order to restore frequencies using the substitute Amtrak railcars.

"We will experience some very busy conditions on these Amtrak trains and others around the country until the Talgo railcars are returned to service," Laird added.

The substitute railcars do not have all the features and amenities of the Talgo cars, nor will they operate on the same schedules, so passengers should use the train numbers on the schedules below when making reservations, buying tickets and checking the status of trains operating between Seattle and points south to Eugene.

Amtrak Cascades rail service from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., continues to operate with its original train numbers and schedules using Superliner equipment. Motorcoaches will be provided for passengers traveling between Bellingham, Mt. Vernon and Everett to Seattle with separate motorcoaches between Edmonds and Seattle.

Amtrak Cascades is operated by Amtrak under contracts with the Washington and Oregon Departments of Transportation. Under contract, Talgo has responsibility for the maintenance of Talgo railcars and these maintenance operations are performed in Seattle.

Amtrak will be operating on the schedules below until further notice covering nearly all of the service that was suspended last week.

Vermonter Service to be Affected by Track Work

Beginning Friday, August 17, 2007, through Tuesday, August 21, 2007, passengers utilizing the Vermonter will be bussed between Springfield, Mass. and St. Albans, Vt. as a result of track work being performed by New England Central Railroad.

CN plans sale of Central Station in Montreal

CN announced today plans to sell its Central Station Complex (CSC) in Montreal, and to lease back its corporate headquarters building and the railway passenger facilities of the station, two key components of the CSC.

Track Improvements Under Way in Missouri

Union Pacific Railroad is spending $27 million this year on track improvements between St. Louis and Jefferson City, Mo.

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