U.S., Santa Fe Railway: The Grand Canyon Was Not A Great Train, But A Nice Train Right To The Last Day Before Amtrak

Editor’s Note: Guest commentator David Peironnet has provided an outstanding view of how a secondary train can still be appealing…

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U.S., Amtrak: Veteran Passengers Comment On Superliner Linens, Doors Popping Open, Faucets, Sudden Flushing Unavailability And Possible Replacement Equipment

Editor’s Note: Frequent guest commentator Russ Jackson, the venerable retired editor of the Western Rail Passenger Review, is joined by…

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U.S., Amtrak: What Do You Bring In Your Personal Sleeping Car Repair Kit?

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; October 9, 2021 Everyone who travels has certain things they do in…

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U.S., Amtrak: The Reality Of Transporting Illegal Drugs By Train Burst Into Public View

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; October 5, 2021 Another Amtrak long distance/inter-regional train was in the national…

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U.S., Amtrak: Numbers Tell The Story; Long Distance Trains Are The Heroes

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; October 2, 2021 It has been clear almost from the very beginning of the COVID…

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U.S., Santa Fe’s El Capitan And Amtrak’s Texas Eagle: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Editor’s Note: This is another in a series of commentaries by Russ Jackson, the distinguished retired editor of the Western…

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U.S., Montana, Amtrak: Beyond The Surface Facts Of The Empire Builder Derailment

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; September 26, 2021 Another grim reminder of how dangerous the railroad business…

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U.S., MoPac And Amtrak Missouri River Eagle History: It Went North/South And East/West All At The Same Time, Part II

By David Peironnet, Guest Commentator; September 24, 2021 Missouri Pacific Railroad’s Missouri River Eagle went north/south and east/west all at…

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U.S., MoPac And Amtrak Missouri River Eagle History: A Workhorse Train That Won The Day, Part One

By David Peironnet, Guest Commentator; September 17, 2021 Not many people remember Missouri Pacific Railroad’s Missouri River Eagle. Certainly not…

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U.S., Amtrak: Short Long Distance Train Consists? A Sea Of Federal Cash? 2+2 = 5

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; September 10, 2021 In the 1960s, United States Senate Republican Minority Leader…

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U.S., Amtrak: Sabotage!? Why Are Southwest Chief And Other Train Consists Designed For Failure?

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; September 7, 2021 Under federal (and many states’) law it is a crime, often a…

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U.S., Creating A New, Better Superliner Sleeping Car Fleet

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; September 3, 2021 It’s past time to reimagine sleeping cars in North…

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U.S., Andrew Selden On Passenger Train Funding: Getting The Most From New Rail Capital

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; August 30, 2021 If congress chooses to appropriate new capital to develop intercity passenger rail…

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U.S., History, The Sunset Limited: Facts, Dates And Conclusions

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; August 25, 2021 Many parts of the long, modern saga of the…

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U.S. and Canada: Passenger Trains Come In All Shapes, Sizes And Colors

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; August 21, 2021 In North America, passenger trains come in all shapes,…

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U.S.: The Lowly, Lonely Baggage Car Deserves Warmth And Affection

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; August 17, 2021 The lowly, lonely baggage car. It’s either choking on…

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U.S.: Yes Steven Rattner, Wyoming Needs Passenger Trains

By Dan Bilka, Railway Age Magazine; April 14, 2021 Steven Rattner—the man who spent $82 billion in taxpayer money to bail…

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U.S.: Silver Meteor History And Amtrak Needs More Superliner Lounge Car Space

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; August 16, 2021 Train Number 58, the original northbound Silver Meteor was…

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U.S., History And Modern Thinking: Railroad Robber Barons And Conservatives And Passenger Trains

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; August 11, 2021 There are two articles floating around railroad-interested social media…

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U.S., Kansas and Missouri: MoPac Missouri River Eagle History From The Civil War to World War II

By David Peironnet, Guest Commentator; August 10, 2021      Not many people remember the Missouri River Eagle. Certainly not many remember…

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U.S., New Siemens cars – How another California train project went off track. Latest delay: lead-tainted water

By Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee; June 3, 2021 It was supposed to be a signature moment for Caltrans, a…

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U.S., From Streamliners To Amtrak: How To Define Passenger Train Luxury

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; May 26, 2021 One thoughtful reader of this space recently commented on…

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U.S., Broadway Limited And Twentieth Century Limited’s Great Rivalry History: Speed, Luxury And Superb Pullman Service

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; May 24, 2021 In the pre-Amtrak era – even in the dreary…

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U.S., From Santa Fe To Amtrak Texas Chief History, Part Three: Why There Was An Inglorious End To A Proud And Busy Workhorse Train

By David R. Peironnet, Guest Commentator; May 19, 2021 Amtrak’s management team on May 1, 1971 was dominated by people…

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U.S., Florida, Virginia and Tennessee: The Sad Beginning For Intentionally Planning Too Small Amtrak Stations

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; May 17, 2021 All diseases start somewhere, and Amtrak’s Too Small Station…

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