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Date: 01/14/20 17:56
Train 8-28 will Be bus to Spokane Jan 15-16-17
Author: mundo

 UPDATE: Alternate transportation will be provide between Spokane (SPK) and Seattle (SEA) for Train 8 which was scheduled to depart Seattle on 1/15.2 replies 2 retweets 1 like
  1. [b]Amtrak Alerts[/b]‏Verified account @[b]AmtrakAlerts[/b] 4h4 hours ago   UPDATE: Alternate transportation will be provide between Seattle (SEA)/Portland (PDX) and Spokane (SPK) for Train 8/28 which was scheduled to depart Seattle on 1/16 & 1/17.0 replies 3 retweets 4 likes   Â [b]Amtrak Alerts[/b]‏Verified account @[b]AmtrakAlerts[/b] 4h4 hours ago
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Date: 01/14/20 18:59
Re: Train 8-28 will Be bus to Spokane Jan 15-16-17
Author: viatrainrider

It is -8F at Wolf Point and it appears the two Builders are in trouble in service disruption. It is -21F at Edmonton and both VIA 1 and 2 are running within an hour of on time for Edmonton.  What's happening with the Builders, my favorite US train?  Just asking.  That;s not to say VIA 1 = 2 have not had their share of timekeeping problems.  And bet showers are froze.



Date: 01/14/20 19:17
Re: Train 8-28 will Be bus to Spokane Jan 15-16-17
Author: monaddave

Snow slides on the Stevens Pass route are hard to get around.
Dave in Msla



Date: 01/14/20 20:27
Re: Train 8-28 will Be bus to Spokane Jan 15-16-17
Author: sagehen

monaddave Wrote:
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> Snow slides on the Stevens Pass route are hard to
> get around.
> Dave in Msla

Not for Train 28.  But I guess if Seattle doesn't get the Builder, no one does.

Stan Praisewater
Vancouver (not BC), WA (not DC)



Date: 01/14/20 20:37
Re: Train 8-28 will Be bus to Spokane Jan 15-16-17
Author: jp1822

A lot of this was covered in two other posts on teh Empire Builder's cancellations. Chicago is out of train sets and most Empire Builders are turning at Spokane, if they can even get that part due to various weather along the route. Amtrak came out with a lot of cancellations and alternative transportation yesterday. 1/13/2020. 



Date: 01/14/20 23:38
Re: Train 8-28 will Be bus to Spokane Jan 15-16-17
Author: SP8100

jp1822 Wrote:
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> A lot of this was covered in two other posts on
> teh Empire Builder's cancellations. Chicago is out
> of train sets and most Empire Builders are turning
> at Spokane, if they can even get that part due to
> various weather along the route. Amtrak came out
> with a lot of cancellations and alternative
> transportation yesterday. 1/13/2020. 

That's fine and dandy if the passes are over Snoqualmie and Stevens are open..  I know several times earlier today that they weren't, so land travel is a bit tricky right now from Seattle to Spokane..   You could just fly over the Cascades.  ;^)


SP8100



Date: 01/15/20 16:10
Re: Train 8-28 will Be bus to Spokane Jan 15-16-17
Author: alally8444

Seems like they could truncate the Seattle-Spokane section, and run the whole train to/from Portland until Stevens Pass is open. It wouldn't be that much of a hardship to hop a Cascades train down to PDX and ride the Empire Builder from there, to avoid riding a bus across WA. 



Date: 01/15/20 16:15
Re: Train 8-28 will Be bus to Spokane Jan 15-16-17
Author: jp1822

alally8444 Wrote:
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> Seems like they could truncate the Seattle-Spokane
> section, and run the whole train to/from Portland
> until Stevens Pass is open. It wouldn't be that
> much of a hardship to hop a Cascades train down
> to PDX and ride the Empire Builder from there, to
> avoid riding a bus across WA. 

If the train could operate from Spokane to Portland, not sure why Amtrak couldn't accommodate, other than having to send provisions down to Portland and a crew. Turning the consist at Portland should be OK. Shortened consist right  now and Portland services the Empire Builder section anyway.........This would save on the buses - hop on a Cascades train in Portland from Portland to Everett!



Date: 01/15/20 22:53
Re: Train 8-28 will Be bus to Spokane Jan 15-16-17
Author: mundo

Portland has only a very small crew to service trains 27-28, so more folks would need to go down to Portland to handle 7-8..

Train 28 of Jan 15 did operate Portland - Spokane, but 2 hrs late account mechanical.



Date: 01/17/20 19:01
Re: Train 8-28 will Be bus to Spokane Jan 15-16-17
Author: ProAmtrak

At least this was understandable compared of the last 2 years because Propeller Head and his cronies were afraid it would get stuck all the time!

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