Amtrak Cascades begin PTC testing on bypass

Trains Industry Newsletter
Get a weekly roundup of the industry news you need.
By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine. View our privacy policy.
An Amtrak Cascades train passes through Tacoma, Wash., on June 19, 2018. The connection to the Point Defiance Bypass is in the foreground.
TRAINS: David Lassen

SEATTLE — The Washington State Department of Transportation will begin positive train control testing this weekend for Amtrak Cascades trains on the Point Defiance Bypass, KING-5 TV reports.

Tests will be conducted between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with trains running at speeds up to 79 mph.

Amtrak trains were originally scheduled to begin using the bypass in 2017, but the first run of a Cascades train on the route, on Dec. 18, 2017, resulted in a derailment that killed three passengers when the train entered a curve near DuPont, Wash., at excessive speed. [See “NTSB: Amtrak ‘Cascades’ engineer applied brakes seconds before crash,” Trains News Wire, Dec. 22, 2017]

Amtrak trains were then shifted back to their original, coastal route between Tacoma and Nisqually, Wash., until PTC was in service. [See “Washington closes Point Defiance route to passengers pending installation,” Trains News Wire, Dec. 22, 2017.] The state DOT has said it expects Amtrak to return to the bypass in spring 2019.

NEWSWIRETrains News Wire

  • Previous Day
  • September 14, 2018
  • Next Day
Leave a Comment
Want to leave a comment?
Only registered members of are allowed to leave comments. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.

Login or Register now.
Please keep your feedback on-topic and respectful. Trains staffers reserve the right to edit or delete any comments.
Big Boy

Big Boy

All about the world's biggest locomotive


Learn more about the stories and photos in this months issue

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy
Subscribe Up To 54% off the newsstand price!
Subscribe To Trains Mag Today