Intercity Rail - Empire Builder Line (fantasy transit)
DescriptionThis is Amtrak's existing Empire Builder line through the state, following a Canadian Pacific route southeast of St. Paul and using mostly BNSF tracks northwest to Fargo. Existing plans to renovate downtown St. Paul's Union Station may result in the Midway station being dropped in favor of Union Station. Long-range plans for this line also call for upgrading the line to handle 110 MPH passenger trains between St. Paul and Chicago.
The main changes to the Empire Builder in my fantasy system are an upgrade to handle 90 MPH trains (current speeds are limited to 79 MPH), new stations at Hastings, Elk River, and Little Falls, relocating the St. Paul Midway station to Union Station, adding a station at the future Minneapolis Multimodal station (at the future Twins ballpark), and moving the St. Cloud station to the proposed St. Cloud Northstar station.
Travel Time Estimation
|From||To||Distance (miles)||Travel Time||Cumulative Distance (miles)||Cumulative Time|
|La Crosse||Winona||26.7||25 min||26.7||25 min|
|Winona||Red Wing||62.5||51 min||89.2||1 hr 16 min|
|Red Wing||Hastings||20.4||21 min||109.6||1 hr 37 min|
|Hastings||St. Paul||19.6||25 min||129.2||2 hr 2 min|
St. Paul Dwell Time
|---||15 min||129.2||2 hr 17 min|
|St. Paul||Minneapolis||12.3||21 min||141.5||2 hr 38 min|
Minneapolis Dwell Time
|---||10 min||141.5||2 hr 48 min|
|Minneapolis||Elk River||28.6||33 min||170.1||3 hr 21 min|
|Elk River||St. Cloud||35.7||31 min||205.8||3 hr 52 min|
|St. Cloud||Little Falls||32.8||30 min||238.6||4 hr 22 min|
|Little Falls||Staples||33.9||29 min||272.5||4 hr 51 min|
|Staples||Detroit Lakes||62.3||50 min||334.8||5 hr 41 min|
|Detroit Lakes||Fargo||48.7||41 min||383.5||6 hr 22 min|
Travel times assume trains traveling at the speed limit with no stoppages or speed restrictions. Travel times also include 5 minutes per leg to represent slowdown approaching a station, speed-up departing a station, and station dwell time.
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