The City of Leavenworth, Wash., and Amtrak said 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. 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 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.
State’s Bavarian Village, is located in the eastern foothills of the Cascade