Discussion in 'Amtrak Rail Discussion' started by Rail Freak, Apr 17, 2019 at 4:16 PM.
When the split occurs, which train pulls out first?
The Seattle section is scheduled out at 2:15 am, and the Portland section at 2:45 am.
Which makes complete sense, as the lead locomotive gets cut away, then loco #2 takes the Seattle section and either moves to a different track or leaves town, I don't know which. Then loco #1 backs down to its lounge + 2 coaches + sleeper, hooks up and leaves town for a long, scenic ride along the Columbia river to Portland.
I got to watch it in daylight last time, on a very late #27. Bratkinson's description is pretty accurate. Here's the photo I took of re-attaching the loco to the SSL, before taking off for Portland.
The Seattle section leaves town before loco#1 is backed up and connected to the consist for the Portland section as a general rule.
How does it work in the reverse?
They become one train, so hopefully they pull out together,LOL!!!
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