Serving Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, and intermediate points
Amtrak train numbers: 752 and 753
Predecessor railroad train numbers: See Mount Rainier
In the early 1990s, the states of Washington and Oregon began to lay the groundwork for future high speed rail service between Eugene, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. As part of the effort, Washington funded an additional Amtrak train frequency between Seattle and Portland, which debuted in 1994 as the Mount Adams, usually operated with a Talgo train that the state of Washington was leasing as a test of high-speed service on existing track.
The Talgo proved its worth, and eventually five new Talgo consists were built in the United States for Amtrak and the Washington State Department of Transportation. Once Talgos were providing all service on the corridor, all the trains were renamed to the Cascades.
Condensed historical timetables:
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(1994) (1997) (1997) (1994)
11:30A 8:00A Dp Seattle Ar 9:50P 11:50A
12:20P 8:50A Tacoma 8:49P 10:50A
3:25P 11:55A Ar Portland Dp 6:00P 8:00A
The Amtrak Train Names Project