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Empire Builder

Chicago - St. Paul/Minneapolis - Milwaukee - Spokane - Portland/Seattle
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Significant Delays Possible through January 12, 2015
Passengers traveling aboard Empire Builder trains can encounter delays due to high volumes of freight train traffic and railroad improvement work on the route. During recent weeks, these trains typically encountered delays of approximately one to three hours.
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Experience the Rugged Splendor of the American West

Traveling daily between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail, the mighty Empire Builder takes you on an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following the footsteps of early pioneers.

From Chicago, you'll have magnificent views of the Mississippi and see the glowing night skyline of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Awake the next morning as you cross the North Dakota plains and travel over the spectacular Gassman Coulee Trestle. Skirting the Missouri, you'll cross into the Big Sky country in Montana, passing by a travelers favorite, Glacier National Park. From Spokane, you can continue on to Seattle or head down the Columbia River Gorge toward Portland for spectacular views of Mt. Hood and Beacon Rock. Learn more from the e-edition of the Empire Builder magazine.

Trails & Rails - Heritage Appreciation On Board

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An innovative partnership program between the National Park Service and Amtrak, the Trails & Rails program provides Amtrak passengers with educational opportunities to foster an appreciation of a selected region's natural and cultural heritage and renews the long tradition of associating railroads with National Parks.

During the spring and summer months, National Park Service guides are onboard the Empire Builder between Seattle and Shelby, MT from the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. The other programs presented on different days of the week include:

  • between Havre, MT and Minot - the Nez Peirce National Historic Park – Bear Paw National Battlefield,
  • between Williston, ND and Shelby, MT or Malta, MT - Ft. Union Trading Post National Historic Site,
  • between Stanton, ND and Shelby or Malta, MT - Knife River Indian Villages and
  • between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Columbus, WI - the Mississippi River Recreation Area and get ready to appreciate the natural and cultural heritage onboard the train.

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