New trains are coming... and you can vote on what they'll be named

New trains are coming... and you can vote on what they'll be named
One of two new trains that will be put into service in the Pacific Northwest in the summer of 2013. Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

SALEM, Ore. - The Pacific Northwest is getting a couple of new trains that will be named after mountain peaks and you get to help decide which names they'll get.

The new trains will be joining five others that run the Amtrak Cascades corridor and provide service from Eugene to Vancouver, B.C.

The price tag for the new trains was $42.4 million ($38.4 million for the trains and another $6 million for consultants, spare parts, testing and the addition of WiFi). Oregon purchased them using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Of the five trains currently in service, two are owned by Amtrak (Mt. Hood and Mt. Olympus) and the other three are owned by the state of Washington (Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier).

The names that are up for vote for the new trains are Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. McLoughlin, Mt. Scott and Mt. Thielsen.

You have until May 11 to place a vote for your favorites. Celebrations are planned that day in Klamath Falls, Eugene, Salem and Portland.

Each of the new trains will offer seating for 275 passengers, a bistro car, a dining car, bicycle storage, business class seating and other amenities. The trains will be put into service sometime this summer once testing is complete.