U.S.: Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak isn’t growing and may be shrinking with no way out as it seems to follow a false interpretation of federal law Stephen Gardner himself wrote

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; May 23, 2022 It is widely acknowledged that if a business is not growing, it…

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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., Amtrak: Seeing America First; the travel adventures of Andrew Selden’s invisible 3,593 mile trip

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; March 18, 2002 Can there be too much of a good thing? Based on my…

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U.S., Andrew Selden: Intercity Passenger Rail Investment Strategy; long distance/inter-regional versus commuter

Editor’s Note: Andrew Selden, in his capacity as President of United Rail Passenger Alliance, submitted official comments in response to…

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U.S., Texas; Post-pandemic, Amtrak and the A Train ask you: Where are you?

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator; March 5, 2022 Here we are with the world in turmoil. Amtrak, we haven’t forgotten…

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U.S., Texas: Amtrak’s Texas Eagle is like an Artichoke, Mr. Congressman

By Russell Jackson, Highland Village, Texas, Guest Commentator; January 23, 2022 The Texas Eagle is buried in the secondary of…

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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., Andrew Selden and Amtrak: Spend Less, Get More; Use $66 Billion Wisely For Network Growth Avoiding Mistakes Of The Past And Squandering It On Random Political Demands

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; November 16, 2021 Investment Opportunities How can Amtrak make the most use out of $66…

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U.S., Amtrak: Andrew Selden Dives Into FY 2021 Financial Results And Points Out What Amtrak Doesn’t Want To Say Out Loud

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; November 12, 2021 Amtrak released its September 2021 Monthly Report, which functions as a proxy/preliminary/summary…

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U.S., Amtrak: Mr. And Mrs. Selden Take A Train Trip; The Harsh Reality Of Differences Between The Lake Shore Limited And Empire Builder

Editor’s Note: Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Selden took a train trip home to Minnesota from Springfield, Massachusetts earlier this month.…

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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., 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., 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., 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., 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., Three Steps To Fix American Passenger Trains Now While The $80 Billion Plan Is Debated

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation, April 5, 2021 As we further examine Amtrak’s letter to Santa Claus…

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U.S.: Minnesota funding for second train to Chicago thwarted

By Janet Moore, Star Tribune; November 4, 2020 Supporters of a proposed second round-trip train between the Twin Cities and…

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U.S., Commentary: Amtrak, Tri-weekly, The future, and Yogi

Editor’s Note: The commentary below is by Russ Jackson of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of California. Mr. Jackson is the…

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U.S., Commentary – TRIP REPORT: The Texas Eagle to LAUS; Amtrak Food; Fred; and Dear Senator___

Editor’s Note: The following commentary is provided by the venerable retired editor of the Western Rail Passenger Review. – Corridorrail.com…

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U.S., Opinion: Garbage Served, Garbage Generated

By Andrew Selden, Railway Age Magazine; January 4, 2020 In 1837, Hans Christian Anderson published a modernized and revised version…

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Amtrak’s Interregional Growth Opportunities

By Andrew Selden, Railway Age Magazine; October 7, 2019 Years ago, the Minnesota Association of Railroad Passengers ran an experiment.…

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Experiential Travel and Amtrak

By Andrew Selden, Railway Age Magazine; September 18, 2019 Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson proposes to eliminate most of Amtrak’s interregional…

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Andrew Selden: Deciphering the Amtrak Puzzle

By Andrew Selden, Railway Age Magazine; August 5, 2019 CEO Richard Anderson’s announced strategy to reposition Amtrak’s train operations is…

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Andrew Selden Opinion: Repeat actions don’t produce different outcomes

By Andrew Selden, Railway Age Magazine; April 20, 2019 Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson and his chief deputy, Stephen Gardner, have…

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