May 30, 2014 Empire Builder – Significant Delays Possible

Marc Magliari

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Temporary Detour Affects Eastbound Service in North Dakota Possible Delays Along the Route, Effective through January 12, 2015

Attention Empire Builder Passengers:

Amtrak has changed the direction of a detour route in North Dakota, primarily affecting passengers in Rugby, Devils Lake and Grand Forks.

North Dakota Detour for Eastbound Passengers: Amtrak is temporarily using an alternate eastbound route in North Dakota, resulting in Empire Builder Train 8/28 missing Amtrak stations in Rugby, Devils Lake and Grand Forks, effective Oct. 6. Passengers who are traveling to these cities will detrain at Minot and be provided chartered bus service to their destination stations.

Passengers boarding at Rugby, Devils Lake and Grand Forks will be carried to Fargo on chartered buses to board the eastbound train at Fargo. Amtrak will reassess the detour before the December holiday period.

BNSF Railway is improving the route to restore Empire Builder reliability.

Meanwhile, the westbound Empire Builder Train 7/27 operates normally and makes all scheduled stops, effective Oct. 6, 2014.

Please refer to the attached temporary timetable that becomes effective Oct. 5, 2014.

Update on Delayed Trains: Passengers traveling aboard Empire Builder trains can encounter delays due to high volumes of freight train traffic and railroad improvement work on the route. During recent weeks, these trains typically encountered delays of approximately one to three hours. Passengers are strongly urged to check the status of their train on, our free mobile apps or at 800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) for the most up-to-date departure and arrival times.

We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. For reservations and up-to-date schedule information, visit, use our free mobile apps or call 800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

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