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Pictured above is one of the Talgo trainsets that see operation in Amtrak service along the Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor.

The new "Cascades" service was launched when three new, custom-built trains replaced existing trains on the daily Seattle-Portland, Seattle-Vancouver,BC, and Seattle-Eugene runs. The Talgo trains employ tilt technology that allow for negotiation of curves at higher speeds without adverse effects on passengers. They began regular passenger service on December 1, 1998.

Interior and exterior schemes for the Cascades are unique to Amtrak's Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor. The sleek, modern green and white exterior cars manufactured by the Talgo Company of Spain and assembled in Seattle by Pacifica, Inc. are pulled by matching new F59 locomotives built by General Motors Electromotive Division.

Currently, Amtrak passenger rail service is available in Washington State on the following trains:

For complete nationwide Amtrak schedules follow this link: Amtrak Schedules or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

August 2, 2000
Questions or comments, please e-mail Bob Boston: bboston@wutc.wa.gov

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