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: 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., California: Plans derailed for April train to Coachella, Stagecoach music festivals

By Colin Atagi Palm Springs Desert Sun; July 13, 2020 It’s the end of the line for a rail service…

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U.S., California: Bullet train would nick jobs, homes and parks on 14-mile route from Los Angeles to Burbank

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times; May 29, 2020 The future California bullet train’s passage from Burbank to Los Angeles would…

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U.S., Commentary – TRIP REPORT: The Texas Eagle to LAUS; Amtrak Food; Fred; and Dear Senator___

Editor’s Note: The following commentary is provided by the venerable retired editor of the Western Rail Passenger Review. – Corridorrail.com…

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Photos: Trains, spectacles and everyday miracles at Los Angeles Union Station

By Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News; November 13, 2019 A loud “excuse me!” filled the air as I quickly…

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Back on Track: How U.S. Cities Are Reinventing Their Train Depots

By Matt Grossman, Commercial Observer; October 22, 2019 Get them talking, and you’ll quickly learn that train buffs and history…

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Los Angeles Union Station overhaul receives $400 million from California High Speed Rail

By Antonio Pacheco, Archinect; September 13, 2019 The California High-Speed Rail Authority and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority…

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Surfliner’s up! David Allen rides Amtrak to San Diego

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin; July 6, 2019 Usually I go car-free on vacation. This time, I went…

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At 80, Los Angeles Union Station tries to reinvent itself for a rail future

By Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times; May 21, 2019 For two decades, Traxx was a top draw at Union Station…

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From ‘Blade Runner’ to Amtrak, Los Angeles’ Union Station turns 80, boasting a ton of history and scores of film shoots

From Los Angeles Daily News; May 4, 2019 If you’ve ever been to Union Station, you can almost sense the…

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Traxx Restaurant in Los Angeles Union Station Closes

By Jon Regardie, DT News; April 30, 2019 DTLA—Another iconic Downtown Los Angeles restaurant has closed. This time, it’s Traxx,…

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Los Angeles Union Station 80th Anniversary Celebration

From Discover Los Angeles; April 29, 2019 L.A.’s iconic Union Station turns 80 this May. The largest train terminal in…

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How Amtrak engineer Blake Phillips-Rios gets around Southern California – What it’s like to drive a train for work

By Alissa Walker, Curbed; March 28, 2019 In recent years, the dream of efficient, affordable rail travel in the U.S.…

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Andrew Selden’s Rail Odyssey: A great circle tour of the American West on Amtrak trains

By Andrew Selden; March 24, 2019 In late February my wife and I undertook a three-week, 5,800-mile, great circle loop…

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Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down – An Ode To The Late Byron Nordberg

By Noel T. Braymer, ntbraymer – Rail Passenger Service in California and the USA; March 15, 2019 One of my…

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Sleeper to Seattle: 39 hours on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight

Editor’s Note: The author makes an oblique reference to sharing sleeping car space with other passengers. While this custom may…

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California: You could take a train to the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals by 2020

By Alex Groves, The Press-Enterprise; March 7, 2019 The traffic getting to and from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts…

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12 Most Beautiful Train Stations in the United States

By Meredith Carey and Meg Reinhardt, Conde Nast Traveler; January 15, 2019 Click here to enjoy the 12 stunning photographs.

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Cedd Moses Resurrects the Gateway to Los Angeles

By Michele Stueven, LA Weekly; November 8, 2018 When the first train engine rolled into Union Station in 1939, it…

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Opinion: What, ANOTHER positive Amtrak Trip Report? Yes!

Editor’s note: Russ Jackson is the retired distinguished editor of the Western Rail Passenger Review. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson reside…

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Los Angeles: Inside Union Station’s Soaring Art Deco Brewpub

By Farley Elliott, Los Angeles Eater; September 27, 2018 There’s a special new player in the Downtown drinking scene, and…

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Metro Is Bringing a Retro Arcade to Los Angeles Union Station

By Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine; September 20, 2018 Metro knows people think of Union Station as little more than…

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The journey is the vacation on this 35-hour train trip on the Coast Starlight

By Nicole Evatt, Associated Press, The Register Citizen; July 30, 2018 LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was late Friday night…

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Proposed Los Angeles Aerial Tram Would Connect Dodger Stadium, Union Station

By Sean P. Thomas, Los Angeles Downtown News; April 26, 2018 Nearly everyone who has ever gone to Dodger Stadium…

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