Vancouver (Amtrak station)


Vancouver (Amtrak station)

:"This article is about the Amtrak station in Vancouver, Washington. For the Amtrak station in Vancouver, British Columbia, see Pacific Central Station."Infobox Station
style=Amtrak
name=Vancouver


image_size=220
image_caption=Amtrak station at Vancouver, WA
address=1301 West 11th Street Vancouver, WA 98660
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platform=
parking=Free
passengers=84,245
pass_year=FY2007
pass_percent=14
pass_system=Amtrak
opened=1908
rebuilt=1988 (partial)
ADA=
code=VAN
owned=City of Vancouver
zone=
services=s-rail|title=Amtrak

Vancouver, Washington is the third busiest Amtrak station in Washington, USA. The station had 73,981 boardings during Amtrak's 2006 fiscal year, a decrease of 189 boardings from FY2005. It is a unique, two-sided station situated in a "wye", where passengers board the "Empire Builder" on the southeast side of the station while the "Coast Starlight" and "Cascades" are boarded on the northwest side of the station. [cite web |title= Amtrak - Great American Stations |publisher=Amtrak |date= |url= http://www.greatamericanstations.com/stationinfo/wa-vancouver/ |format= |accessdate=2007-02-25] [cite web |title= Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2005, State of Washington |publisher= [http://www.amtrak.com Amtrak] |month= October | year= 2006 |url= http://www.amtrak.com/pdf/factsheets/WASHINGTON05.pdf |format= PDF |accessdate= 2007-02-25]

Current Amtrak Service

The "Coast Starlight" and "Empire Builder" offer daily service each way on their routes, whereas eight "Amtrak Cascades" stop in Vancouver with four northbound and four southbound departures daily.

Railfanning

The Amtrak depot is a popular area for Railfans to congregate and is a busy railroad junction in the Pacific Northwest. The depot sits within the wye between the BNSF Fallbridge and Seattle subdivisions and is within sight of the southern part of the Vancouver yard. There is free parking around the depot and it is rare that there isn't at least one railfan hanging around taking photographs or just watching trains. In addition to the Amtrak passenger trains, there are also many freight trains operated by BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad and Portland & Western Railroad. BNSF and Union Pacific trains often include locomotives from other railroads from through the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Notes and references

External links

* [http://www.greatamericanstations.com/stationinfo/wa-vancouver/ Vancouver(VAN) Station, Great American Stations website]
* [http://subwaynut.com/amtrak/vancover/index.html Vancouver, Washington Amtrak Station (The SubwayNut)]


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