Friday, 5 August 2011
The Empire Builder - Great Northern Railway Streamliner, U.S.A
The Empire Builder is a passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Northwestern USA since 1929. It is Amtrak's busiest long-distance route and busiest daily train, carrying more than 500,000 travelers annually since 2007. Overall, it is the railroad's 10th-busiest line. Before Amtrak, the Empire Builder was the flagship train of the Great Northern Railway. The current route runs from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest. It normally takes 45 to 46 hours to travel the entire route through the scenic Rocky Mountains (especially Glacier National Park). Here the train travels along Puget Sound , North of Seattle.