“Train buff Drew Mitchem of Centralia admires the waterfront view along
the Point Defiance route of the Amtrak Cascades passenger train in Tacoma.”
Photo credit: Drew Perine, Tacoma News Tribune
– Editor’s Note:
The inauguration of scheduled Amtrak trains using the Point Defiance by-pass will send 12 trains each day along the I-5 corridor through DuPont, Lakewood and South Tacoma to rejoin the mainline at a new train station under construction at Freighthouse Square, Tacoma.
Covered on this blog Oct. 27.
– “One of the last great Washington train rides is coming to an end”
“For more than a century, train passengers have traveled along Tacoma’s waterfront and through the Tacoma Narrows.
Those roughly 20 miles of track are the only expansive waterfront section of Amtrak’s Pacific Coast route between Seattle and Pismo Beach, California.
On Dec. 18, that all will come to an end. The next day a new route parallel to Interstate 5 will open, along with a new Tacoma Amtrak station. [Editor’s Note: According to Amtrak’s schedule and WSDOT, Dec. 17th is the last day of the Point Defiance, waterfront route, not the 18th.]
The looming deadline is causing a rush of passengers who want to see the South Sound from the train one last time,” by Craig Sailor, Tacoma News Tribune.