Empire Builder’s Split

The Empire Builder has two destinations (from Chicago), Seattle and Portland. The train splits in the middle of the night, so don’t go into the club car at night. If you fall asleep, you could end up on the wrong train.

The scheduling of the Empire Builder is messed up in general. The train is scheduled to arrive in St. Paul at 10:30 which is already bad enough, but what do you do if the train is late? When do the buses stop running? Is the area around the train station safe at night?

The train also arrives in Fargo, North Dakota and other relatively large cities along the route in the middle of the night. Even so, this train is often booked. I wonder if the scheduling is bad to hide how much potential ridership there is along this route. I think that several cities along the route could support more than one train a day.

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