Amtrak #27 & #28
On October 25, 1981, Amtrak’s Empire Builder was rerouted off Stampede Pass (ex-NP) and onto Stevens Pass (ex-GN). This left Ellensburg and Yakima without train service in Eastern Washington, but added train service to Wenatchee and Ephrata, WA. At the same time a new section of the Empire Builder was created.
Trains 27/28 began service between Portland, OR and Spokane, WA adding train service to Bingen-White Salmon and Wishram. The main section from Seattle and the “baby Builder” from Portland are combined at Spokane. The westbound train is split at Spokane for their trips west.