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., 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. 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.: 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., 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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U.S., From Santa Fe To Amtrak History: Texas Chief, Part Two; A Few Personal Observations From Having Worked That Train In The Santa Fe/Amtrak Transition Period

By David R. Peironnet, Guest Commentator; May 13, 2021 Following the advent of Amtrak, the Texas Chief remained a fine…

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U.S., Florida/Nevada/California: Brightline CEO presents to Congress ways to unlock the potential of high-speed rail

From Global Railway Review; May 7, 2021 Michael Reininger, Brightline’s CEO, has presented to a U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure…

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U.S., From Santa Fe to Amtrak History: Texas Chief, Part One; Santa Fe All The Way To The Gulf Of Mexico. Why Was It So Easily Overlooked?

By David R. Peironnet, Guest Commentator; May 3, 2021 Most people think of Santa Fe as a western transcontinental railroad…

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

By J. Bruce Richardson, Executive Vice President, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 30, 2021 Where were you on May 1,…

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U.S., Newton, Kansas: Superliner IIIs And The Year 2026

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; April 26, 2021 Newton, Kansas – July 9, 2026 Train 23, the Grand Canyon, but…

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U.S., Several Years In The Future, The Cardinal Is Retired And Cincinnati Becomes A Major Hub Again

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 21, 2021 It’s several years in the future. C&O’s premier train,…

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U.S., St. Louis And Kansas City History: Huge, Beautiful Union Stations, But Today Amtrak Offers Just A Shadow Of Past Service

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 19, 2021 We all have become conditioned to think that Chicago…

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U.S., Canada: Why There Is A Bright Future For Passenger Trains In North America

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 16, 2021 In the third decade of the 21st Century there…

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U.S., Canada: Glimpses Of Future Passenger Trains

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 15, 2021 A few random glimpses into the future of passenger…

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U.S., Turning Lines On A Map Into Trains On Tracks

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 9, 2021 “Oh, boy! Oh, boy! Oh, boy! Look! That bright…

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U.S., Andrew Selden: A Primer For Maximizing Return On Federal Investment Of New Passenger Rail Capital

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; April 7, 2021 Occasionally, it is useful to go back to basics. A moment when…

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U.S., Amtrak Formation History: Which Railroads Were In, Which Railroads Were Out And Which Were Not Invited

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 1, 2021 Who was in? Who was out? Who couldn’t be…

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U.S., Amtrak Cardinal History: Just Sold By CSX, ‘George Washington’s Railroad’ Was Impressive

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 31, 2021 Hyperbole was nothing new for competitive railroads in the…

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