This wasn’t reported in any of the local news papers but The Vancouver Sun covered the story regarding the delay of the second Amtrak Cascades train to Vancouver BC. The required siding in Colebrook has been completed for some time now and is now on the hinges of the Border Patrol.
I guess the Canadian government doesn’t want the extra tourism and money that the second train would bring in. Not to mention the extra relief from the Border.
Falcon’s news release last year stated: “In its first full year of operation, the second Amtrak passenger train from Seattle to Vancouver is expected to bring approximately 50,000 travellers to Vancouver, injecting an estimated $13.9 million into B.C.’s economy.”
If the second train does start, it will be the 3/4 car Superliner train set that has been on that run for a little over a year now as the State of Washington refurbishes the Talgo Trains. So far 2 of the 3 train sets have been refurished; The Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams. The Mt. Hood should be completed by the end of August.