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Empire Builder-Railway Trip to Glacier National Parks



Amtrak overnight Sleeper to Glacier National Parks


"Empire Builder"of the Great Northern Railway at the border of Glacier National Park, Montana
This postcard photograph was taken in circa 1940s.


The Empire Builder is a passenger train operated by Amtrak in the regions of Midwestern and Northwestern
United States. It is Amtrak's busiest long-distance route and daily train, carrying more than 500,000 travelers
annually in the years of 2007-2010. Before Amtrak, the Empire Builder was the flagship train of the Great
Northern Railway. The current route runs between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.


(L) King Street Station Seattle (M) A baggage check-in place of the station
(R) The Empire Builder was ready to depart to Chicago:4:40pm

(L) An Amtrak ticket to Glacier National Park (R) A champagne and mineral water was provided for each sleeper room.

(L)The Empire Builder train was crossing Salmon Lake. (R) The train runs along the seacoast of Puget Sound.

After Everett Station, Amtrak railway truck turned to the direction of east, along the US-2 Highway and Snohomish River.

The Empire Builder train runs along the Clark Fork River, west of Noxon, Montana.

The Empire Builder train runs along the Clark Fork River, west of Noxon, Montana.

A dinning room and a fillet steak: A sleeping car passenger gets meals without an additional charge.

Wenatchee station in north central Washington at 8:42pm

(L) The Amtrak train runs along the Wenatchee River at sunset. (R) A dawn seen from a sleeping coach

(L) A cirrocumulus was observed after a morning mist. (R) A 20-minute stop at Whitefish, Montana
(R) Whitefish Station, Montana at 7:26am:
This is the first smoking stop in the morning of the second day after the train left Seattle.

(L) Smokers on the platform of Whitefish station (R) Locomotives of Empire Builder

(L) A daily train service is important for the residents along the railroad.
(L) A train was climbing a mountain at a slow speed.

A dinning car and a breakfast service

A snow-capped, rocked mountain near the East Glacier Park Station, Montana

Amtrak railway track between West Glacier and East Glacier, along Flathead River, Montana

East Glacier Park Station: at 9:54am

St. Mary Lodge and Cabin are located close to the East Glacier railway station.

A general store at East Glacier carries on all items, including the Avis rental business.

To Glacier National Park


An Avis rent-a-car: All Avis cars in North America are non-smoking and smoke-free.



Travel by Train
All railway trains should be completely smoke -free.


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パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Washington DC Metro/Union Station
シカゴ鉄道 Chicago CTA Rail
マイアミ鉄道 Miami Metro Rail

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米国横断鉄道旅行 Airport Express and MTR, Hong Kong
台湾高速鉄道 Taiwan High-Speed Rail
台湾高速鉄道 China High-Speed Rail

シカゴ鉄道 Portugal Metro, Railways
マイアミ鉄道 Amsterdam Rail
シカゴ鉄道 High-speed train in Spain 2010
マイアミ鉄道 Barcelona Railways
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サンフランシスコ鉄道 High-speed train in Germany, Austria and Switzerland 2013

 Vancouver Skytrain
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Edomonton Metro
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 VIA train, Vancouver to Jasper
米国横断鉄道旅行 Amtrak: Seattle to Glacier National Park
サンフランシスコ鉄道 San Francisco: cable-car, tram and Bart
パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Alaskan Railroad

 Moscow Metro
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 Sapsan, high-speed train of Russia
 Allegro, high-speed train between Finland and Russia

パリ近郊鉄道・地下鉄 Railways connecting Canberra and Sydney, Australia
米国・東北部鉄道旅行 Gold Coast Light-Rail
ニュージランド鉄道旅行 NZ Rail: Tranz Alpine/Scenic
オーストラリア鉄道旅行 Brief Journey by Australian Rail

 Narita Airport-City Rail Service
 Japanese high-speed train 'Hayabusa'
 Japanese high-speed train 'Super-Komachi'

 鉄道全面禁煙化は世界の常識 Smoking ban in the railway trains of the world

シアトルから氷河国立公園のロッキー山脈を横断し、シカゴに向かう「エムパイア・ビルダー」号に乗車した。
アムトラックの夜行列車は初めてである。午後4時40分定刻に出発した列車はゆっくり広大な入江、Puget Sound
を左に北上する。夕暮れ前に地方都市、Wenatcheeに立ち寄る。乗降客はごくわずかである。夜中の0:45分に、
Spokaneに到着。夜の暗闇の中、いくつかの中高層ビルが見られた。ここでオレゴン州、ポートランドからの
列車を連結する。1時間ほどであったか、停車時間が長いので故障かと心配したが、そうではなく時刻表どおりの
調整であった。

アムトラック列車は全面禁煙なので車内でタバコを吸うことは禁止されているが、1日に2回ほど、「喫煙停車」
がある。午前7時26分にWhitefish駅に到着したが、20分間のうちにタバコを吸う。ほんの数人がホーム吸って
いたが、ほとんどの乗客は外気を呼吸するために下車していた。山岳地帯を走るアムタラック沿線には清らかな
川あり、しぶきを上げる滝ありの素晴らしい景色を堪能出来る。ワシントン州は Pacific Time Zone であるが、
モンタナ州は Mountain Time Zoneにあり、1時間の時差があるが、出発から正味、16時間余りの午前9時54分に
定刻通り目的地のEast Glacier駅に到着した。降り立った乗客は自分を含めて4人ほどであった。列車は翌日の
午後3時55分に終着駅シカゴに着く。




Amtrak train derails in remote part of Montana, killing at least 3 people
(September 2021).
シカゴ発シアトル行きのアムトラック列車が、モンタナの山岳地帯に入る前の平原で脱線転覆した




3 dead, over 50 injured in Amtrak train derailment
ABC News



 US West Coast and National Parks 2012


Seattle, US National Parks and San Francisco

Seattle 01 Seattle 02 Amtrak to Glacier National Park Glacier National Park Grand Teton National Parks
Yellowstone National Park 01 Yellowstone National Park 02 Smoking ban in National Parks San Francisco 01
San Francisco 02 Hotels in San Francisco UCSF Medical Center
Smoking control in Midwestern US and at San Francisco

アムラック氷河国立公園への旅 
執筆  医学博士 宮本順伯
This web site is link-free.
The photographs were taken in June 2012, and the article was written in July 2012,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
An information was added in September 2021.



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