U.S., Paul Theroux – ‘Anything is possible on a train: a great meal, a binge, a visit from card players, an intrigue, a good night’s sleep, and strangers’ monologues framed like Russian short stories’

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; June 30, 2022 There are moments in time defined by unexpected events…

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U.S.: Amtrak has a new president and executive vice president, plus here’s a tip for you at the beginning of vacation season

Editor’s Note: The bulk of this article originally appeared on this platform on February 8, 2021, and has been updated…

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U.S., Amtrak: Silver Meteor history that doomed much of the Heritage Fleet; ‘Kindly flush toilet after each use except when train is standing in station’

Editor’s Note: This article was written in early 2019 and first displayed on this platform on January 13, 2021. It…

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U.S., Amtrak: In 1970, railroads made a deal with the Devil to form what is now Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on February 4, 2021. It has been updated for content and…

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U.S.: Several years in the future, Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak Cardinal is retired and Cincinnati becomes a major hub again – as it should be

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on April 21, 2021. It has been revised and updated with…

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U.S.: A Dining Car Primer; the importance of dining and lounge cars to the financial health of any train

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on December 10, 2020. Illustrations have been added to this presentation.…

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U.S.: Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak ‘supersize’ Silver Star was normal not too long ago; what it was like riding Seaboard’s premier Silver Star in 1967

Editor’s Note: This narrative was first written in 2019 and published on this platform on January 12, 2021. The article…

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U.S., Montana: Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority is doing many of the right things for new passenger train development

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on December 5, 2020. It has been updated and has new…

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U.S.: Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak lounge cars are the dining car’s lesser but potentially desirable siblings – if only they would allowed to be so

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in this space on January 5, 2021 and has been updated. – Corridorrail.com Editor…

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U.S., Amtrak, VIA Rail Canada: Who are the Denizens of Modern Passenger Trains?

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on the Corridorrail.com website in the pre-pandemic world of 2018 and again on February…

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U.S., Amtrak: Stephen Gardner’s 2022 summer of discontent; intentionally not operating trains in the busiest travel season

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 18, 2022 More word has come that Amtrak chief Stephen Gardner…

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U.S., Amtrak: Stephen Gardner’s ongoing scandal commonly known as the Texas Eagle

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 8, 2022 How much abuse should one named, inter-regional train have…

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North America, Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada: Long Haul, Long Distance, Inter-Regional and more trains

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 23, 2022 Long Distance Trains. Long Haul Trains. Streamliners. Inter-Regional Trains.…

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U.S., Travel and Train History: 20th Century Limited, Overseas Railway, Amtrak, Auto Train, The Love Boat, Brightline and Disneyland’s Santa Fe Railway Train

Editor’s Note: This is the final Holiday Season Rewind readers’ favorite article. A new article will appear the week of…

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U.S., California’s Coast Daylight History: ‘The Most Beautiful Train in the World’ had a Triple-Unit Dining, Coffee Shop and Kitchen Car, Plus Tavern on a Daytime Coach Train

Holiday Season Rewind: During the holiday season reader favorite articles are republished. This article originally appeared December 18, 2020. –…

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U.S. History, Union Pacific’s City Of Los Angeles: Andrew Selden And Family Enjoy Dinner In The Dome Diner And Other Civilized Delights

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; December 16, 2021 In the Spring of 1970, I was 23 and in graduate school…

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U.S., New York/Florida Service History: The Palmland was practical, convenient and had a popular heavyweight-era dining car

Holiday Season Rewind: During this holiday season we are occasionally featuring past articles from earlier this year which were reader…

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U.S.: Riding the Santa Fe’s Famed “El Capitan” … Christmas … and those Hi-Level Deluxe Chair Cars With Every Seat At Dome Car Height

By Russ and Susan Jackson, Guest Commentators; December 9, 2021 The author Paul Theroux wrote many stories about train travel.…

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U.S., Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary; Where Were You On May 1, 1971?

Holiday Season Rewind: During this holiday season we are occasionally featuring past articles from earlier this year which were reader…

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U.S. and Canada: There is always something magical about Christmas train travel

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; November 29, 2021 Those who are well informed are aware as of…

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U.S., Passenger Train History from 1830 to Amtrak: An Incomplete List of Things Not Found Today on Passenger Trains

Holiday Season Rewind: During this holiday season we are occasionally featuring past articles from earlier this year which were reader…

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U.S., Santa Fe Railway, Part 1: The Santa Fe Chief And The Grand Canyon; What Really Happened

By David R. Peironnet, Guest Commentator; November 5, 2021 Into the spring of 1968, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe…

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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., 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., 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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