U.S., Amtrak: A word about the Southwest Chief’s passengers and crew members

Message from James E. Coston, Executive Chairman, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; June 27, 2002 CHICAGO ‒ Everyone in the passenger…

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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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U.S., Amtrak: Imagine what it’s like for train travel in 2032

By Russ Jackson, 2022 Guest Commentator for 2032; June 13, 2022 Imagine! “Back to the Future?” Cool! That about describes…

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U.S., Ohio: Understanding for Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak and beyond the critical national implications of a Cincinnati route hub with car-lines to both east and west coasts

Editor’s Note: Guest Commentator William Lindley illuminates the concept of a new George Washington as a useful replacement for Stephen…

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U.S.: Several years in the future, Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak Cardinal is retired and Cincinnati becomes a major hub again – as it should be

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on April 21, 2021. It has been revised and updated with…

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U.S., Montana: Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority is doing many of the right things for new passenger train development

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on December 5, 2020. It has been updated and has new…

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U.S., Amtrak: Stephen Gardner’s ongoing scandal commonly known as the Texas Eagle

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 8, 2022 How much abuse should one named, inter-regional train have…

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U.S., Amtrak: Stephen Gardner’s hospitality desert Capitol Limited was once a great, premier train

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 5, 2022 The once-great Capitol Limited, first a premier inter-regional passenger…

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U.S., Amtrak: Remembering the man who changed passenger rail journalism, plus two voices on how it was and could be today

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 31, 2022 Word has come from several sources that Jim Wrinn,…

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U.S., What If – Another View: Thinking about the future of the Midwest through Chicago and Louisville

(Editor’s Note ― In another What If look at the future, William Lindley of Shelbyville, Kentucky shares his thoughts about…

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

Holiday Season Rewind: We are featuring reader favorite articles which previously appeared in this space earlier this year. This article…

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U.S.: Riding the Santa Fe’s Famed “El Capitan” … Christmas … and those Hi-Level Deluxe Chair Cars With Every Seat At Dome Car Height

By Russ and Susan Jackson, Guest Commentators; December 9, 2021 The author Paul Theroux wrote many stories about train travel.…

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U.S., Santa Fe Railway: The Grand Canyon Was Not A Great Train, But A Nice Train Right To The Last Day Before Amtrak

Editor’s Note: Guest commentator David Peironnet has provided an outstanding view of how a secondary train can still be appealing…

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U.S., Amtrak: Veteran Passengers Comment On Superliner Linens, Doors Popping Open, Faucets, Sudden Flushing Unavailability And Possible Replacement Equipment

Editor’s Note: Frequent guest commentator Russ Jackson, the venerable retired editor of the Western Rail Passenger Review, is joined by…

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U.S., MoPac And Amtrak Missouri River Eagle History: A Workhorse Train That Won The Day, Part One

By David Peironnet, Guest Commentator; September 17, 2021 Not many people remember Missouri Pacific Railroad’s Missouri River Eagle. Certainly not…

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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., 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., 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., 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., 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., 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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U.S., A Sporting Event: How Would You Improve Amtrak’s Scheduling And Equipment Utilization?

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 26, 2021 We are going to have a sporting event suitable…

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U.S., The Goodness of Secondary Passenger Trains Before and During Amtrak: Southern Pacific’s Imperial History

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 24, 2021 In a land long ago – in the pre-Amtrak…

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U.S., California Zephyr, City of San Francisco and San Francisco Chief: Prolific Dome Cars, Luxury Service

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 18, 2021 Of the three post-war rival streamliners for upscale travel…

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U.S., California Zephyr Informal Dining History: One Luxurious Train, Three Railroads

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 17, 2021 The original California Zephyr, a joint operation of the…

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