U.S., Amtrak’s Empire Builder: A Multi-Tasking Mobility Machine That Baffles The Experts (Including Amtrak)

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this website in 2018. By F.K. Plous, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; February 26,…

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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., C&NW History: Two Brutes, Resting in Chicago Side by Side

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; January 21, 2021 It’s a cold, snowy winter’s day in Chicago in…

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U.S., Pre-Amtrak Pennsylvania Railroad: Will There Be Another Broadway Limited?

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; January 14, 2021 Note: This article was originally written in 2010; updated…

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U.S., Amtrak Empire Builder History: Welsh Rabbit Was on the Great Northern Menu

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; January 8, 2021 James J. Hill was the Empire Builder by reputation…

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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., Capitol Limited History: Domes, Dining Cars and Bacon

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 17, 2020 When the name Capitol Limited is mentioned, travelers of…

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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., North Shore Line Interurban History: Choose between a Milwaukee-Style Liver Sausage or Choice Flavor-Rich Sardines sandwich if not choosing The Electroburger

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 9, 2020 The North Shore Line – Midwest United States version,…

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U.S., New York Central History: Two elegant dining cars on each all-Pullman sleeping car 20th Century Limited consist

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 7, 2020 Think elegance. Think grace. Think Cary Grant and Eva…

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U.S.: Northern Pacific Railway’s ‘Vista-Dome North Coast Limited’ Exceptional Children’s Dining Car Menu History

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 5, 2020 Northern Pacific Railway’s Vista-Dome North Coast Limited was perhaps…

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U.S., Great Northern Empire Builder Route History: The Western Star offered superb passenger amenities and food service

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 3, 2020 The Western Star, a secondary train of the Great…

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U.S., Montana – It’s official: Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority forms, eyes southern route

By Martin Kidston, Missoula Current, KXLH 9; December 2, 2020 A dozen participating counties spanning Montana from east to west…

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U.S., Montana: Big Sky Passenger Rail Takes Another Big Step Forward

By Will Gordon, KMMS AM 1450; November 19, 2020 Slowly but surely, there could be a new scenic way to…

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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., Indiana: Construction begins on $945 Million Northwest Indiana commuter train line

By Ethan May, Indianapolis Star; October 28, 2020 Construction is getting underway on what Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb calls the largest…

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U.S., Minnesota: Bonding bill snub holds up second Amtrak train between St. Paul and Chicago

By Deanna Weniger, Pioneer Press; October 27, 2020 A proposed second train between St. Paul and Chicago will be delayed…

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U.S., Illinois: How Chicago Metra may fill its budget hole if there’s no federal rescue

By Marni Pyke, Daily Herald Media Group, The Herald-News; October 19, 2020 Service cuts are an option if no federal…

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U.S., Illinois: Union Pacific responds to RT&S Magazine story on Chicago Metra lawsuit

By David C. Lester, Managing Editor, RT&S Magazine; October 16, 2020 Yesterday, RT&S published a story about Metra bringing suit…

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U.S., Illinois: Chicago Metra sues Union Pacific for refusing to send conductors to collect tickets on trains during the pandemic

By Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune; October 14, 2020 The train conductor ticket collection dispute between Metra and Union Pacific has…

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U.S., Texas: All aboard Texas Eagle’s last daily departure from San Antonio to Chicago

By Randy Diamond, San Antonio Express-News; October 11, 2020 The last daily Texas Eagle train from San Antonio to Chicago…

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U.S., Minnesota: More trains, more options

A Letter to the Editor of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune from Corridor Rail Development Corporation Executive Chairman James E. Coston; October…

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U.S., Illinois: Trouble on the tracks as Chicago Metra and Union Pacific duke it out

By Joe Cahill On Business, Crain’s Chicago Business; October 6, 2020 With so many conflicts roiling our city, state and…

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U.S., Illinois: Train service from Rockford to Chicago takes next step

By ABC 17 WTVO News; September 24, 2020 ROCKFORD, Ill (WTVO) — The quest to bring passenger rail service between…

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U.S., Indiana: South Shore double-track project, and a faster trip to Chicago, move closer to reality

By Ed Semmler, South Bend Tribune; September 8, 2020 The idea of getting to Chicago faster on the South Shore…

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