Amtrak plans to build a $28 million locomotive service facility in Seattle. The project, expected to begin this month and finish in June 2019, is being completed by PCL Construction Services.
This will be Amtrak’s third major investment in the Seattle facility, which provides services for the long-distance trains Empire Builder and Coast Starlight and the state supported corridor service Amtrak Cascades, as well as maintenance for Sound Transit Sounder trains.
The site’s existing buildings, utilities, tracks, and other structures will be demolished as part of the project, and a new 31,000-square-foot locomotive shop will be constructed. The yard’s existing tracks will be reconfigured. This will allow access to the new facility, which will be equipped with a new 125-ton drop table, funded by the Washington State Department of Transportation, and a 55-ton overhead bridge crane.
PCL has also built other structures for Amtrak in Seattle, including the maintenance of equipment facility, a warehouse, administrative, and health and welfare building.