U.S., The big railroad Amtrak forgot: The Chicago and North Western System was a huge granger railroad and operated lots and lots of passenger trains

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; November 23, 2022 The Chicago and North Western System was a major…

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U.S., Amtrak; Rivals California Zephyr, City of San Francisco and San Francisco Chief: Prolific dome cars, luxury service

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on March 18, 2021. It has been updated and photographs and…

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U.S., Amtrak: The baggage car has the potential to revolutionize passenger train travel with a better way of creating supporting revenue

By William Lindley, Guest Commentator; September 9, 2022 The lowly, lonely baggage cars. They have the potential not just to…

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U.S., Amtrak: What could have been for the California Zephyr and fondly remembering the Spirit of California overnight train

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator; September 6, 2022 Recently Bruce Richardson wrote an article on this platform about the resumption…

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U.S., A Sporting Event: How would you improve Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak scheduling and equipment utilization? Plus, Amtrak is seeking 4,000 new employees

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on March 26, 2021. It has been expanded, updated, and photographs…

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U.S., The goodness of secondary passenger trains before and during Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak: Rock Island and Southern Pacific’s Imperial history and more

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on March 24, 2021. Timetable times quoted are from March 2021…

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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.: 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., 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. 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.: 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.: Amtrak Gets $66 Billion Of Taxpayer’s Money; Hooray?

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator; November 9, 2021 Yes, the big, long-anticipated “Infrastructure” bill finally passed both houses of Congress…

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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., Montana, Amtrak: Beyond The Surface Facts Of The Empire Builder Derailment

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; September 26, 2021 Another grim reminder of how dangerous the railroad business…

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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 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., 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., 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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U.S., Illinois Central to Amtrak History: Riding on The City of New Orleans and The Panama Limited

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 10, 2021 The famed-in-song-and elsewhere The City of New Orleans is…

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