U.S.: Christmas holiday ads and images from Amtrak and its railroad ancestors

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; November 29, 2022 People who are in the know are aware that…

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U.S., The big railroad Amtrak forgot: The Chicago and North Western System was a huge granger railroad and operated lots and lots of passenger trains

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; November 23, 2022 The Chicago and North Western System was a major…

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U.S., Amtrak stations: Railroads built temples to themselves; some good, some very good, some still used by Amtrak

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; November 4, 2022 Many modern day cities base their civic pride on…

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U.S.: After the federal government mortally wounded passenger trains in 1967, Amtrak was created to clean up the mess

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; October 18, 2022 Here is something to consider: Amtrak wasn’t created totally…

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U.S., Amtrak: How can America get to Phoenix again by train?

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator, with Anthony Lee, Richard Strandberg, and William Lindley; October 7, 2022 It’s now been 27…

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U.S.; before Amtrak, Broadway Limited and 20th Century Limited’s great rivalry: Speed, luxury and superb Pullman service

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on May 24, 2021. It has been updated and photos and…

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U.S., Amtrak: Hurricanes and passenger trains

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; September 29, 2022 Hello, from warm, sunny Florida. Well, not really, today.…

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U.S., Amtrak: The modern saga of the famed Sunset Limited; facts, dates and conclusions

Editor’s Note: The article first appeared on this platform on August 25, 2021. It has been updated with photos and…

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U.S., Amtrak: The baggage car has the potential to revolutionize passenger train travel with a better way of creating supporting revenue

By William Lindley, Guest Commentator; September 9, 2022 The lowly, lonely baggage cars. They have the potential not just to…

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U.S., Amtrak: What could have been for the California Zephyr and fondly remembering the Spirit of California overnight train

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator; September 6, 2022 Recently Bruce Richardson wrote an article on this platform about the resumption…

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U.S.: On the last holiday weekend of the summer of ’22, Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak is in free fall and passengers are paying the price

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on February 25, 2021. It has been updated, additional information has…

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U.S., Radical Thinking: Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak passenger trains should be easy and convenient to ride

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on this platform on February 18, 2021. He has been updated and expanded…

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U.S., A Sporting Event: How would you improve Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak scheduling and equipment utilization? Plus, Amtrak is seeking 4,000 new employees

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on March 26, 2021. It has been expanded, updated, and photographs…

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U.S., Amtrak: A dismal summer of train and sleeping car cancellations; Stephen Gardner and his executives received more than $2 million in ‘performance bonuses’

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; August 16, 2022 Editor’s Note: Mr. Selden acknowledges the original contribution to part of this…

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U.S., California, Union Pacific, Santa Fe, Southern Pacific and Amtrak: Los Angeles Union Station stars in the movies

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on April 25, 2021 as the pandemic-era Oscars presentation ceremony telecast…

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U.S., The goodness of secondary passenger trains before and during Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak: Rock Island and Southern Pacific’s Imperial history and more

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on March 24, 2021. Timetable times quoted are from March 2021…

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U.S., Amtrak: The excitements of a trip on Stephen Gardner’s sold out Silver Star

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; July 26, 2022 Stephen Gardner’s Silver Star is doing yeoman’s work in…

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U.S., Amtrak: What is required from Stephen Gardner’s leadership to move the company forward in these critical times

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator; July 22, 2022 How do you define Leadership? Let’s take a crack at it before we…

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U.S., Canada: Beyond Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak, glimpses of hope for future passenger trains

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on April 15, 2021 and has been updated with photographs added.…

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U.S. and Canada; Amtrak, Brightline, VIA Rail Canada, and Rocky Mountaineer: Passenger trains come in all shapes, sizes and colors

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on August 21, 2021. It has been updated and photographs added.…

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U.S.: The lowly, lonely, but necessary baggage car deserves warmth and affection and recognition of the revenues it generates for Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on August 17, 2021. It has been updated and illustrations added.…

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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., Canada: Exploding the myth trains must be very fast to be attractive to passengers

By William Lindley, Guest Commentator; June 16, 2022 Key points: • Convenience of use is more important than train speed…

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