Seattle based Trails & Rails program

Trails and Rails Partnership Program

Trails & Rails is a partnership program between the National Park Service and Amtrak. This program provides rail passengers, leaving from Seattle, with natural and cultural information that fosters an appreciation of the Pacific Northwest.

Railroads played an important part in both the development of historical Seattle and the Klondike Gold Rush. As the Pacific terminus for three intercontinental railroads, both stampeders and the supplies they would need flowed into Seattle onboard trains. Today freight trains carry all types of goods to and from the heartland of the United States to the Port of Seattle. Passenger trains like the Empire Builder and the Coast Starlight travel through and nearby many significant natural and cultural areas.

Guides ride both the Coast Starlight and Empire Builder.
Guides ride both the Coast Starlight and Empire Builder.

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Utilizing script outlines and portable public address system, as well as the train's public address system, Trails & Rails guides provide information on natural and cultural history as seen from the trains

Prospective guides must meet certain physical standards regarding vision, hearing, speaking, and general physical fitness. Additionally, candidates must be able to turn a script or outline into their own words for presentation to the public. These positions are uniformed, and uniforms are provided. An orientation meeting is held in February of each year followed by two days of classroom training prior to the summer season.

Please contact Julie Fonseca de Borges at 206-220-4240 for more information.


A short YouTube video about Trails and Rails program.

Last updated: May 3, 2016

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Mailing Address:

319 Second Ave S.
Seattle , WA 98104


206 220-4240

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