Portland-Seattle 1962 Timetable

By 1962, Great Northern had given up on an overnight train from Portland to Seattle, and its northbound train left Portland at 1:30 pm, leaving the late-afternoon departure to the Northern Pacific (whose train also left in the late afternoon in the 1960 timetable). The Great Northern trains of 1962 included a parlor car for first-class passengers, but apparently no longer carried a Seattle-Portland sleeping car to connect with the City of Portland to Chicago.

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As was the case in 1960, the fastest southbound train was Northern Pacific’s, which covered the 183 miles in four hours for an average speed of 46 mph. In 1962, all three northbound trains also took four hours. Amtrak’s trains today are ten minutes faster, probably because they make fewer stops, dropping the stop in Chehalis in favor of Centralia as well as several flag stops (Kent, Auburn, Sumner, Winlock, Castle Rock, and Kalama) served by one or more of the trains on the 1962 timetable.

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