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Train Travel News and Best Buys Outside the U.S. — June 21

Euston Station, London by Richard Rogerson via Wikimedia Commons Euston Station, London by Richard Rogerson via Wikimedia Commons

Headlines: Temporary Disruptions

  • Local media in Seattle are reporting that Amtrak will not resume Cascades service to Vancouver BC until “late 2022,” supposedly due to staff shortages. Amtrak as not yet issued a confirming report. No change in Amtrak’s mushy schedule for resumption of its other two transborder services: Adirondack and Maple Leaf, where the outlook remains “We hope to resume passenger rail service between our two countries as soon as possible.”
  • All rail and transit systems continue to face possible service cuts due to maintenance and staffing issues.

VIA Rail Canada

VIA had made no significant changes to its status posting for several weeks. The Railway Age tabulation remains accurate.

VIA Rail's plans Toronto-Niagara Falls trains remain canceled.

Europe

  • The British Rail, Maritime, and Transport Workers union went on a nationwide rail strike Monday. The expectation is that it will be short, but also that more strikes are planned for the summer. in the UK, this summer. If you are heading for the UK, be prepared.
  • Germany has cut the cost of monthly regional transit passes to nine euros (about $9.50) a month in most parts of the country. The program, designed to lure travelers from cars to transit, will last three months.
  • Rail Europe is promoting 25% discounts on Standard Premier class tickets. Standard premier is basically first-class seating without the usual first-class extras, with good legroom and roomy one-by-two seating. Buy by July 17, travel August 1through Sept. 30.
  • Neither Eurail posts no deals this week.

See our Amtrak news and discounts bulletin for domestic rail news.

Ed Perkins, editor

For more travel tips from Ed Perkins, see our companion site Ed on Travel.

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