U.S., The San Francisco Chief History: An Overlooked and Unfairly Forgotten Treasure From the Santa Fe

By David R. Peironnet, Guest Commentator; February 22, 2021 Of all the storied trains running from Chicago to the Pacific…

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U.S., Amtrak Southwest Chief Route History: From The Super Chief to the Southwest Chief Eclectic Breakfast Menus

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 30, 2020 It wasn’t just any train, it was The Super…

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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

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 18, 2020 Before today’s Coast Starlight, Amtrak’s glamour train from Los…

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U.S., Santa Fe El Capitan History: All-Coach Train, But Both a Dining Car and Lounge Car

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 15, 2020 In April of 1961, the Santa Fe Railway was…

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U.S., History: Once Upon a Brief Time, Amtrak had a 24-Hour Dining Car

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 11, 2020 Long ago but not far away, just before the…

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U.S., California/Nevada: Brightline West launches rail project website

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; October 30, 2020 Brightline Holdings, the developer of the proposed high-speed rail line between Southern California…

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U.S.: Las Vegas-California high-speed rail project hits snag

By Bryan Horwath, Las Vegas Sun; November 2, 2020 Construction of a high-speed passenger train from Las Vegas to San…

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U.S.: California ballot measure ask voters to decide on dedicated funding for Caltrain

By Liz Carey, Transportation Today; October 29, 2020 A ballot measure before voters in three counties in California on Nov. 3 would…

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U.S., Oregon/California: I Took an Overnight Train During the Pandemic — Here’s What I Learned

By Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure; October 29, 2020 As soon as I stepped into the boarding line at…

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U.S., California/Nevada: Brightline reveals more details about Vegas-to-Los Angeles high-speed rail line

By Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal; October 25, 2020 As the long-discussed high-speed rail system between Las Vegas and Southern…

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U.S.: Amtrak in October… what’s going to happen now?

Commentary By Russ Jackson; October 28, 2020 Editor’s Note: Russ Jackson is the distinguished retired editor of the Western Rail…

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U.S., California/Nevada: Fortress Delays Pricing of $3.2 Billion Vegas Train Deal

By Romy Varghese, Bloomberg; October 14, 2020 Fortress Investment Group delayed the pricing of $3.2 billion of municipal bonds to…

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U.S, Nevada/California: Vegas-to-Los Angeles high-speed train could serve as Raiders fan pipeline

By Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal; October 4, 2020 As the company behind the high-speed train between Las Vegas and…

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U.S., California: Amtrak San Joaquins to reopen temporarily closed stations, beginning Monday

From A Contributed Report, The Sentinel; October 1, 2020 STOCKTON —  Beginning Monday, station lobbies serving the Amtrak San Joaquins…

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U.S., California/Nevada: Rail Startup Brightline Kicks Off $3.2 Billion Bond Sale For Los Angeles-To-Vegas High-Speed Train

By Alan Ohnsman, Staff, Forbes; September 25, 2020 Brightline, the only private passenger rail service in the U.S., is moving…

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U.S., Nevada: Fortress Delays Record $4.2 Billion Vegas-Train Bond Sale

By Romy Varghese, Bloomberg, Yahoo! Finance; September 21, 2020 (Bloomberg) — The company that wants to build a high-speed train…

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U.S.: BUILD grant will help decompress most congested rail junction in California

By Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, RT&S Magazine; September 16, 2020 The U.S. DOT has awarded a $20 million Better Utilizing Investments…

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U.S.: California’s scaled-back high-speed rail plan faces doubts amid financial crunch

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times (TNS), Herald-Mail Media; September 10, 2020 LOS ANGELES — It was just last year…

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U.S., California/Nevada: Fortress Eyes Building Two Phases of Las Vegas Rail Concurrently

By Romy Varghese, Bloomberg Quint; September 3, 2020 (Bloomberg) — The company backed by Fortress Investment Group’s private-equity funds plans…

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U.S., California: Sacramento unveils grand plans for downtown train and bus hub. Now, to find the funds

By Tony Bizjak, The Sacramento Bee; August 28, 2020 Sacramento unveiled plans this week for a modern downtown transportation hub…

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U.S.: Fortress Wins California Approval for Vegas Rail Reimbursement

By Romy Varghese, Bloomberg, Yahoo! Finance; August 26, 2020 (Bloomberg) — A company backed by Fortress Investment Group’s private-equity funds…

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U.S.: Why I Took an Overnight Amtrak Trip on the Empire Builder Instead of Flying or Driving

By Ali Wunderman, Conde Nast Traveler; August 25, 2020 It was hard for me to stay awake as Amtrak’s Empire…

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U.S./Canada: 9 Grand Railroad Hotels In North America And Why You Should Visit

By Cindy Barks; Travel Awaits; August 24, 2020 From beachside beauties to desert oases to mountaintop chateaus, historic railroad hotels…

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U.S.: High-Speed Rail Heats Up In California As Brightline Eyes Las Vegas Route Extensions

By Alan Ohnsman, Forbes Staff; August 22, 2020 Brightline, the sole private passenger rail service in the U.S., has a…

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