Amtrak Willamette Valley

In 1980, with support from the state of Oregon, Amtrak added two trains per day between Eugene and Portland–a route already served by a third train, the Coast Starlight. I was on the inaugural run of the Willamette Valley trains and reported on them in Passenger Train Journal.

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The train failed to meet its targets and the state discontinued funding for it after 1981. In 1995, Oregon renewed funding for trains between Eugene and Seattle called (after 1998) the Cascades.


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