Amtrak’s Southwest Chief lives to ride the rails another day

By Karl Zimmermann, Los Angeles Times; September 2, 2019 “I stay positive,” said Mary Lou, the sleeper attendant on Amtrak’s…

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Oregon, on the Coast Starlight: Amtrak passenger arrested for threats against passengers and conductor near Odell Lake

From Klamath Falls News; August 4, 2019 Late Sunday morning Amtrak Train 14 the Coast Starlight, Los Angeles to Seattle,…

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California/Las Vegas: Virgin Trains seeking $800 million in bonds for high-speed rail project

By Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal; August 1, 2019 Virgin Trains is looking to finally get the long-talked about high-speed…

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California: A not-so-high-speed train in the Central Valley could be a boon for the Bay Area

By Erin Baldassari, Marin Independent Journal; August 1, 2019 Caltrain could see faster, more frequent service sooner rather than later…

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Del Mar, California is weak link in San Diego’s coastal railroad

By Phil Diehl, Del Mar Times; July 28, 2019 Only one set of railroad tracks on a fragile sandstone bluff in…

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Rail from Los Angeles to Las Vegas? Metro officials are talking with Virgin Trains

By Elijah Chiland, Curbed Los Angeles; July 26, 2019 The head of Los Angeles’s largest transit agency said Thursday that…

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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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View from the UK: How America’s first high-speed railway – and Virgin Trains – is transforming Florida

By Simon Veness, The Telegraph; June 26, 2019 Sir Richard Branson may have been absent, but he and his Virgin…

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Virgin Trains looks to expand quickly in U.S.

By Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, RT&S Magazine; June 25, 2019 Today Disney World, tomorrow Disneyland. No, it’s not backwards motivation. It…

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Virgin Trains’ Orlando, Florida leg underway as railroad eyes expansions to Tampa, Las Vegas

By Joshua Solomon, Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm.com; June 24, 2019 ORLANDO — As construction of a 125 mph passenger railroad,…

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Los Angeles Metro riders complain of transients sleeping on trains: ‘They seem to be wanting to run a homeless shelter’

By Josh Haskell, KABC ABC 7; May 23, 2019 LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Early morning Metro riders say the trains…

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wants ‘top-to-bottom review’ of Chinese train maker CRRC that won design contest for New York City subway cars

By The Associated Press, South China Morning Post; May 20, 2019 The US Senate’s top Democrat is calling on the…

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California rail authority awards contract to rebuild rail cars for Metrolink

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; May 15, 2019 The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) has awarded a $138.9 million contract…

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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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U.S. Senates to Amtrak: Explain What You’re Doing To Rail Passenger Service In Kansas

By Corinne Boyer, High Plains Public Radio; May 2, 2019 Long-running frustration about Amtrak’s willingness to keep a rail passenger…

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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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Cleaner Diesel-Electric Locomotives Now in Service on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Trains

A press release from Amtrak Pacific Surfliner; April 22, 2019 LOS ANGELES, April 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Just in time…

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Union Pacific ‘pauses’ construction of new $550 million Texas rail yard

By Paul O’Donnell, Business Editor, The Dallas Morning News; April 20, 2019 Union Pacific is “pausing” construction of its new…

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Texas: Amtrak’s San Antonio station – Where Chicago Meets Los Angeles

By Valérie Eiseler, Rivard Report; April 14, 2019 When Amtrak’s Texas Eagle leaves its station in historic St. Paul’s Square,…

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Los Angeles, California Metro completes $172 million rail maintenance facility

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; April 4, 2019 The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) officials yesterday marked the completion…

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Richard Branson Hypnotized Me and Stole My Watch

By Laine Doss, Miami New Times; April 5, 2019 It’s about 5 p.m. and Richard Branson is visibly tired.  The…

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California sells $600 million in high-speed rail bonds

By Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Press, KCRA 3 NBC; March 26, 2019 Sacramento, Calif. (AP) — California sold $600 million…

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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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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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Governor Newsom’s shorter California bullet train plan likely to run out of money before completion

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times; March 3, 2019 The California bullet train project will probably run out of money…

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