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#1 CHamilton

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 02:56 PM

The expanded Amtrak Cascades service and new schedules start Monday Dec 18. The new schedules are now in the Amtrak reservation system. Dec 17 will be your last opportunity to ride along the Tacoma Narrows.

 

 

 


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 11:40 PM

I wonder where I can find you on December 17th..... :P :) 


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 11:20 AM

And it won't be long after that until Amtrak enthusiasts start to post rumors about an upcoming Cascades or Coast Starlight train detouring over the old, water-level segment. :P



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 05:17 PM

WSDOT press release.

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 06:02 PM

Just looked at the schedule PDF and one thing that stood out to me is they renumbered the Vancouver trains (at least, I have those train numbers memorized, the rest of the Cascades schedule not so much), which have always held their current numbers since each of them started service.  The SEA-VAC morning up, evening back 510/517 will become 516/519.  The PDX-VAC  afternoon/evening up, morning back 516/513 will become 518/517.  The 510 number isn't used, and 513 becomes an early afternoon PDX-EUG train.


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 11:02 PM

We will be on the Coast Starlight going  through the new bypass shortly after the 18th and have received a new ticket and an apologetic recorded telephone call about the change in our itinerary except it is unclear what they are apologetic about.  It seems to be about the change in ticket, not about missing one of the truly nice sections of the trip along the coast, or maybe because we are now scheduled to arrive in Seattle 21 minutes earlier.



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Posted 04 October 2017 - 12:33 PM

We will be on the Coast Starlight going  through the new bypass shortly after the 18th and have received a new ticket and an apologetic recorded telephone call about the change in our itinerary except it is unclear what they are apologetic about.  It seems to be about the change in ticket, not about missing one of the truly nice sections of the trip along the coast, or maybe because we are now scheduled to arrive in Seattle 21 minutes earlier.

 

That's funny.

 

However, from the context you have provided, it appears you are going northbound, so you wouldn't see the coast anyhow (well after dark by then), unless you are traveling round-trip.



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 01:07 PM

The new Amtrak website shows the routing of Cascades trains on the timetable page as follows:
 
"Boston - Vancouver, BC - Seattle - Tacoma - Portland - Salem - Eugene"

 

https://www.amtrak.com/timetables.html

The new schedules have not yet been posted on this page.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 03:08 PM

The new Amtrak website shows the routing of Cascades trains on the timetable page as follows:
 
"Boston - Vancouver, BC - Seattle - Tacoma - Portland - Salem - Eugene"

 

https://www.amtrak.com/timetables.html

The new schedules have not yet been posted on this page.

 

Boston, eh?



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 05:42 PM

Which Boston?



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 06:31 PM

Which Salem?



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 06:59 PM

Boston-Salem [MA] is on the MBTA Newburyport/Rockport Line. :)

Boston-Salem[NH] used to exist with a change in Lawrence, MA.


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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:30 PM

The new Amtrak website shows the routing of Cascades trains on the timetable page as follows:
 
"Boston - Vancouver, BC - Seattle - Tacoma - Portland - Salem - Eugene"
 
https://www.amtrak.com/timetables.html
The new schedules have not yet been posted on this page.

 
Boston, eh?
That's because when I make my transfer from Boston to Seattle I'm going to work a special train from Boston, MA to Vancouver, then down the coast. ;)

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 01:22 PM

Which Salem?

Don't you mean *witch* Salem?  :giggle:



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Posted 11 December 2017 - 01:40 PM

Some photos of the Point Defiance route before the bypass begins.

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 02:48 PM

The new schedules are finally posted on Amtrak's schedule page (this may have happened a few weeks ago).  I don't understand the numbering of the Vancouver, BC trains--they seem to be in the same series as the Eugene trains, but they are out-of-sequence.

 

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 02:52 PM

The new schedules are finally posted on Amtrak's schedule page (this may have happened a few weeks ago).  I don't understand the numbering of the Vancouver, BC trains--they seem to be in the same series as the Eugene trains, but they are out-of-sequence.

Yes, the new numbers don't have the logic the old ones did (middle digit 1=trains serving VAC). PDFs at http://www.amtrakcas...ew schedule.pdf


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 03:21 PM

Nice pics and leave it to Amtrak and the WDOT( and also the Class I's to be fair) to make a complicated system even more so by not using common sense when making changes.

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 03:35 PM

Some of the numbers do seem to represent "cross-platform transfers" in PDX for passengers to/from EUG on certain days; e.g. 501->511, 503->513, 512->502, 514->504. This is a return to PDX connections that we haven't seen in several years.


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 06:56 PM

The scheduled cross platform connections allows OR and WA to route train sets as needed.  We have done one of the connections only to find we boarded same train set,






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