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Amtrak Cascades train renderings unveiled

Siemens is manufacturing the new trainsets for the Amtrak Cascades service.
Photo – Washington State Department of Transportation


Renderings of the Amtrak Cascades trains that will transport riders in the Pacific Northwest beginning in 2026 were unveiled last week.

The trains will sport the traditional Amtrak Cascades evergreen and mocha color scheme, as well as graphics of Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier on each car, Washington State Department of Transportation officials said in a press release.

When operational, the trains will operate along the Interstate-5 corridor between Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

"The branding of our new trains is unique to the Amtrak Cascades corridor, distinguishing them from others in the Amtrak fleet. Their arrival will herald a new generation of train travel in the Pacific Northwest," said Ron Pate, director of the WSDOT Rail, Freight and Ports Division.

Manufactured at Siemens Mobility in Sacramento, California, the trains are funded as a part of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which awarded funding to Amtrak for the procurement. The Amtrak Cascades trains will be the first delivered by Siemens, with equipment for routes in the eastern United States to follow.

The new trains will arrive in Seattle over a period of several months, entering into service once they have been thoroughly inspected, tested and approved, WSDOT officials said.

Amtrak Cascades is a partnership between WSDOT and the Oregon Department of Transportation, which sponsor the service operated under contract by Amtrak. It serves 18 stations between Eugene, Oregon, and Vancouver, British Columbia.