Join the Virtual Railfan team aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder for an incredible journey from Chicago, Illinois to
Seattle Washington. We will be departing Chicago on August 12th 2023, and arriving in Seattle, WA on
August 14 2023. We will spend August 14th & 15th checking out the local area and meeting fans! On August 15th, we will depart eastbound back to Chicago, Illinois.
Passengers enjoy the views and vistas of beautiful western Washington State.
The Empire Builder crosses Barclay Creek in Washington.
Empire Builder crosses the North Fork Skykomish River.
The Empire Builder is an Amtrak long-distance passenger train that operates daily between Chicago and either Seattle or Portland via two sections west of Spokane. Introduced in 1929, it was the flagship passenger train of the Great Northern Railway and was retained by Amtrak when it took over intercity rail service in 1971.
The end-to-end travel time of the route is 45–46 hours for an average speed of about 50 mph (80 km/h), though the train travels as fast as 79 mph (127 km/h) over the majority of the route. It is Amtrak’s busiest long-distance route.
SEATTLE – PORTLAND – SPOKANE – ST. PAUL-MINNEAPOLIS – CHICAGO
Chicago, IL – Seattle, WA on Amtrak’s Empire Builder
Departing Chicago on 8/12/23 – Departing Seattle on 8/15/23
The Annual Virtual Railfan Whistle Stop Tour. Ride with us aboard the Empire Builder from Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington. Meet the team and hang out with the crew in beautiful Seattle Washington. We hope to see you aboard!
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