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Amtrak Extends Service Reductions

Daily Amtrak service on most of its long-distance routes will not resume as previously planned March 28th and some trains will not return to a normal schedule until spring or even summer. The Empire Builder which stops in Whitefish, West Glacier, Essex, East Glacier Park and Browning will resume daily service later on across Montana’s Hi...

Lawsuit Filed For Amtrak Derailment

The families of passengers Donald and Marjorie Varnadoe and Zach Schneider filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit Monday alleging Amtrak and track owner BNSF were responsible for the lethal derailment last fall near Joplin. The Empire Builder was traveling along a scenic route from Chicago to Seattle. The Varnadoes were on a trip celebrating t...

Empire Builder Moving Transitioning To Cleaner Alternatives

The Empire Builder passes through Montana from Browning to Wolf Point before heading on to North Dakota passing Whitefish and Glacier National Park. Now, Amtrak is using that route to debut new cleaner, faster and more fuel-efficient locomotives. Right now, though, there are only four of the new Chargers operating on the Empire Builder, which ...

Amtrak Passenger & County Official Comment On Derailment

Investigators are seeking the cause for derailment of Amtrak’s Empire Builder near Joplin in far northern Montana that killed three people. There were roughly 160 passengers and crew on the train including Megan Vanderves.