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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

U.S., Amtrak: The sadness of President Joe Biden’s Amtrak Board of Directors nominees; it’s time to go in a different direction for those who want a national system

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; May 2, 2022 Just about everyone knows the old saying, “be careful…

Continue Reading →

U.S., Amtrak: Your summer plans may not fit with Stephen Gardner’s summer plans; the war on passengers is in full swing even though passengers mean no harm

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 22, 2022 The making of and taking of a reservation is…

Continue Reading →

U.S., Amtrak: Stephen Gardner’s 2022 summer of discontent; intentionally not operating trains in the busiest travel season

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 18, 2022 More word has come that Amtrak chief Stephen Gardner…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

U.S., Virginia: Norfolk Southern donates Norfolk and Western Railway archives, $750,000 to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

A press release from Norfolk Southern Corporation; April 6, 2002: Richmond, Va. – Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) today announced…

Continue Reading →

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,…

Continue Reading →

U.S., Amtrak: Riding the Texas Eagle to Tucson while waiting for a cow to leave the tracks for Amtrak’s stepchild

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator; March 28, 2022 It was a great trip . . . The future of Amtrak…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

U.S., Montana, North Coast Limited: Big Sky rail authority briefed on BNSF-Amtrak relationship, Lake Pend Oreille bridge investment

By Martin Kidston – Missoula Current and 8KPAX; March 11, 2022 MISSOULA – While several host railroads along the Gulf…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

Canada, Something Different: VIA Rail believes in its mandate to operate a national railroad for the benefit of its passengers

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; February 28, 2022 Allegedly, the grass is always greener on the other…

Continue Reading →

U.S., Tennessee: Rising to the challenge of creating a new state rail program

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; February 22, 2022 News item from Tennessee: Lawmakers push to expand Amtrak…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

U.S., WHAT IF: Amtrak riders could find themselves in a pickle after the November 2022 elections

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator; February 14, 2022 The chance the U.S. Congress majority will turn from Blue to Red…

Continue Reading →

U.S., Amtrak: Not railroaders, but unqualified bureaucrats running the company

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; February 4, 2022 What if you have a railroad, but doesn’t think…

Continue Reading →

U.S.: The shameful defeat of Amtrak by Winter weather in Virginia

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; January 8, 2022 It was a dark and stormy night – actually…

Continue Reading →

U.S., Santa Fe Railway, Part 1: The Santa Fe Chief And The Grand Canyon; What Really Happened

By David R. Peironnet, Guest Commentator; November 5, 2021 Into the spring of 1968, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe…

Continue Reading →

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.…

Continue Reading →

U.S.: Amtrak And The CSX/NS Gulf Coast Tug Of War

By Paul Wilson, Guest Commentator; October 27, 2021 Editor’s Note: We welcome the first commentary contribution from Paul Wilson, a…

Continue Reading →