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Amtrak dedicates new Seattle maintenance facility

On August 6, Amtrak was joined by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D), WSDOT and Sound Transit in dedicating its new Seattle train maintenance base. This marked the completion of the first two of the four phase project. Last winter the materials storage and office building opened. Phase two is the...

Market Our Passenger Trains

A Cascades train boards passengers at Centennial Station Most rail advocates have significant understanding  of the what, where, when, and how much of our Northwest Rail Corridor passenger trains. Some of the readers of this website have exhaustive knowledge of the details of not only our passenger trains, but freight...

Save the Waterfront Streetcar

The George Benson Waterfront Streetcar line stopped operation in 2005 with the hopes that once a new car barn was built the line would be restored to service. 7 Years later, the car barn was never built, and political winds have changed. Now Metro is looking at selling off the...

Coal Train effects on Passenger Trains in the Northwest Corridor

On June 15, Transportation Choices Coalition hosted one of its Friday Forums at the downtown Seattle YMCA. The topic was Coal Train effects on Passenger Trains in the Northwest Corridor. This issue arises from proposals to site up to six coal export terminals in Puget Sound, along the Pacific Coast...

Rep. Mike Armstrong: Invest in Transportation Infrastructure

The  June 9  All Aboard Washington meeting in Wenatchee featured Rep. Mike Armstrong (R-Wenatchee), Ranking Member of the House Transportation Committee. Rep Armstrong’s presentation, punctuated with humor, had the serious message that the continued economic well-being of Washington State requires major investments  in transportation infrastructure, including intercity rail, freight and passenger, as...

Washington Rail News Past Newsletters

We have added back issues of our bi-monthly newsletter, Washington Rail News, to our Washington Rail News page now going as far back as 2005. These are available for everyone to read, and if you like what you see and are not a member, join today!  ...

All Aboard Washington rides the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad Steam Train

Sat, July 21, 12pm – 4pm 1101 Sylvenus Street, Chehalis, WA 98532 (map) From Seattle: Cascades Train 513 to Centralia (CTL); Cascades Train 508 return. From Portland: Cascades Train 500 or Cascades Train 506 to Centralia (CTL); Cascades Train 509 return. Join us on the third Saturday of July (due to the Rails...

Steampunk Lullaby

Submitted to All Aboard Washington by a hopefully future member: By Zoë Garrett Sometimes, When I lie awake in the dark, I can hear the trains: Forlorn whistles echoing, Sounding through the hills, And I imagine that I can hear The clack of wheels on tracks Weaving in between the sound Of the lonely whistle. Sometimes, When I lie awake in the dark, The...

Washington and Oregon DOTs will work more closely to manage the Amtrak Cascades

Washington and Oregon are creating a new partnership and will develop a plan for managing passenger-rail service between Eugene, Ore., and Vancouver, B.C., as one continuous rail corridor rather than two separate state operations. Transportation officials for each state signed an agreement today as another step toward offering faster, more...