Amtrak Adds Trains for Thanksgiving Travel

John Gillie, The News Tribune, November 8, 2011

Amtrak is adding 11 trains in the Seattle-Portland corridor during the Thanksgiving season.

The extra trains will operate from Wednesday, November 23, through Sunday, November 27. Thanksgiving week is Amtrak's busiest travel period of the year in the Pacific Northwest.

All but one of the extra trains will stop in Tacoma and Lacey. That train will be an express that operates nonstop from Seattle to Portland on Thanksgiving eve. That train will depart Seattle at 11:59 p.m. Nov. 23 and arrive in Portland at 4:14 a.m.

Amtrak ordinarily operates three daily Cascades trains between Seattle and Portland each way and one daily Cascades trip from Portland to Vancouver, B.C. The railroad passenger company also operates daily service from Eugene, Ore., to Seattle.

Amtrak also runs a daily service from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., in addition to the Portland-Vancouver, B.C. service.

Not part of the Cascades services sponsored by the departments of transportation for Washington and Oregon is daily Amtrak long-haul service between Seattle and Los Angeles, the Coast Starlight. That train also stops in Tacoma and Lacey.

The holiday schedules vary day to day. Schedule information is available at

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