I originally posted this on my old website as part of the PORTLAND PLACES: Portland Union Station page on May 21, 2008.
…Continued from Amtrak Superliner Tour.
The low-slung, articulated Talgo train consists are used for Amtrak’s Cascades service between Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia. Nearly the entire Cascades train was open for visitors to walk through at Union Station in Portland, Oregon, for National Train Day on May 10, 2008.
Here is the main entry vestibule to a Cascades car.
Here is the diaphragm between two of the cars.
These pictures are from the Coach Class section of the Cascades train.
In this part of the train, there are two seats on each side of the aisle.
Also notice the ceiling-mounted monitors for passenger entertainment.
Because the seats are reversible, they can be arranged to face each other, so that groups of passengers traveling together can face each other.
Tables can also be placed between facing seats.
Here are more pictures of Coach Class cars.
All of the seats have folding trays mounted on the back of the seat in front.
Note that this Coach Class car has single seats on one side of the aisle.
This car, next to the Bistro Car, is configured for ADA accessibility. The single row of seats on one side allows for a wider aisle.
This is the Bistro Car, which offers all of the train's food service. It has a limited amount of seating around the bar area.
The Bistro Car also includes the kitchen for the dining car.
The Bistro Car connects directly to the Dining Car.
The Dining Car features its own sink and coffee maker.
An odd feature is that the seats in the Dining Car fold up.
Here are some pictures of the Business Class section of the Cascades Train.
Except for slightly different decor, Business Class doesn't seem that different from Coach Class, though the seats are a little bigger.