Amtrak has made slight changes to Empire Builder schedules through January 12, 2015, due to expected operating conditions.
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. Passengers are strongly urged to check the status of their train on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps or at 800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) for the most up-to-date departure and arrival times.
Amtrak is temporarily using an alternate westbound route in North Dakota, resulting in Empire Builder Train 7/27 missing Amtrak stations in Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby. Passengers who are traveling to these cities will detrain at Fargo and be provided chartered bus service to their destination stations. Westbound passengers who are boarding at Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby will be carried to Minot on chartered buses to board the westbound train.
Amtrak will reassess the detour before the December holiday period.
BNSF Railway is improving the route to restore Empire Builder reliability. Meanwhile, the eastbound Empire Builder Train 8/28 operates normally and makes all scheduled stops.
We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. For reservations and up-to-date schedule information, visit Amtrak.com, use our free mobile apps or call 800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).