Amtrak Empire Builder Service to Leavenworth, WA, to Begin September 25, 2009

Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:09pm EDT

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Community Celebrates the Restoration of Rail Passenger Service with Opening of
Icicle Station 
LEAVENWORTH, Wash.--(Business Wire)--
The City of Leavenworth and Amtrak announced today that the eagerly awaited
restoration of rail passenger service to the popular Bavarian village, a
destination community in the Cascade Mountains, will begin on Friday, September
25, 2009. The first train returning to Leavenworth, one of Washington`s most
visited attractions, will be Amtrak`s Empire Builder, departing Seattle that
evening bound for Chicago. 

"We have been working for some time with our partners at Amtrak and BNSF Railway
to make Icicle Station and the return of rail passenger service to our community
a reality," said Rob Eaton, Leavenworth`s Mayor. "Our community has a long
history with railroads and train service and we are truly thrilled to welcome
Amtrak to Leavenworth and have the ability to offer passenger service to both
our residents and visitors." 

The City partnered with the Port of Chelan, Chelan County Commissioners,
Washington State Senator Linda Evans Parlette, and U.S. Senator Patty Murray as
they worked with Amtrak and BNSF representatives on the project. Additionally,
the local community, Projekt Bayern (a local service group), and the Chamber of
Commerce were instrumental in supporting Icicle Station. 

"This is an exciting day for Leavenworth and a big step forward in showcasing
one of Washington State`s best destinations," said Senator Murray. "Bringing
Amtrak to Leavenworth is going to help create local jobs, build their tourism
economy, and make travel more convenient for local residents. I`m proud to have
worked to provide federal funding that has helped Leavenworth build Icicle
Station and open their community to new visitors and economic opportunity." 

"This is a tremendous milestone for our community," said Senator Linda Evans
Parlette, R-Wenatchee. "Not only will rail service be a convenience for the
citizens who live in and around Leavenworth, it will also be a very big boost to
the local economy through increased visitors to the area. Just two years ago we
were working to secure state transportation funding for this project. Now here
we are today, at the finish line. I couldn`t be happier for our friends and
neighbors who have worked so hard to make this project a reality." 

Empire Builder service to Leavenworth will begin on Friday, September 25, with
the westbound train departing Seattle King Street Station at 4:45 p.m. and
arriving in Leavenworth at approximately 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, September 26,
both east and westbound trains will begin daily stops. Passengers will be able
to make reservations and purchase tickets to and from Leavenworth (LWA)
beginning today, September 17. 

Please join us as the new service to Leavenworth is celebrated with
entertainment at King Street Station on Friday, September 25, beginning at 3
p.m., and at Icicle Station, beginning at 7 p.m., in Leavenworth, as the
community awaits the arrival of the first Amtrak train. 

About Leavenworth

Leavenworth, Washington State`s Bavarian Village, is located in the eastern
foothills of the Cascade Mountains. A four-season destination, we welcome over 2
million visitors each year with our world-famous festivals, wonderful
hospitality, and outdoor recreational opportunities. 

About Amtrak

Amtrak has posted six consecutive years of growth in ridership and revenue,
carrying more than 28.7 million passengers in the last fiscal year. Amtrak
provides intercity passenger rail service to more than 500 destinations in 46
states on a 21,000-mile route system. For schedules, fares and information,
passengers may call 800-USA-RAIL or visit 

City of Leavenworth
Robert Eaton, 509-548-5275, ext. 125
Media Relations, 510-238-4360 

Copyright Business Wire 2009

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