-1887 First Northern Pacific train over Stampede Pass.
-1888 First Northern Pacific train through Stampede Tunnel.
-1900 North Coast Limited rail line between Chicago and Seattle via Stampede Pass inaugurated.
< Pictured at Left: Original rail crew. Image source: University of Washington Libraries – Special Collections (2017) http://blackdiamondnow.typepad.com/.a/6a00e5513924e688330192ac805601970d-pi (accessed May 5, 2017).
Pictured Below: Amtrak Empire Builder at Ellensburg, WA 1974. Image source: TrainWeb (2017) Ellensburg Washington. http://www.trainweb.org/usarail/ellensburg.htm -(accessed May 5, 2017)
-1970 Burlington Northern railroad created through merger of four railroads.
-1971 Service through Stampede Pass taken over by Amtrak North Coast Hiawatha.
-1981 Last passenger train through Stampede Pass.
-1983 Freight services through Stampede Pass discontinued.
-1996 Line rehabilitated and freight service resumed ($150 million investment).
-1996 BNSF created through merger of BN and Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.
-2001 Washington State Department of Transportation estimates it would cost $350 million to improve Stampede Pass route to Amtrak passenger operations standards.
-2017 Market survey undertaken by All Aboard Washington and Central Washington University.
< Pictured at Bottom Left: Stampede Pass Tunnel, 2003. Image source: Railfanning BNSF’s Northern Lines – Stampede Sub (2017) http://www.qstation.org/Northern_Lines/Stampede_Sub/stampede_gallery_2.html (accessed May 5, 2017).