U.S., Texas: Amtrak’s Texas Eagle is like an Artichoke, Mr. Congressman

By Russell Jackson, Highland Village, Texas, Guest Commentator; January 23, 2022 The Texas Eagle is buried in the secondary of…

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U.S., Amtrak Audits: Paul Wilson can’t find where an extra $4 Billion is accounted for over two years

By Paul Wilson, Guest Commentator; January 13, 2022 Amtrak has released its audited financial statements for fiscal years 2020 and…

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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…

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U.S.: Happy New Year Amtrak, here we go again … and remembering John Madden

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator; January 5, 2022 The new year opens optimistically just as all the previous ones have…

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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: Andrew Selden Dives Into FY 2021 Financial Results And Points Out What Amtrak Doesn’t Want To Say Out Loud

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; November 12, 2021 Amtrak released its September 2021 Monthly Report, which functions as a proxy/preliminary/summary…

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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., 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.…

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U.S., Amtrak: Two Democratic Members Of Congress Introduce Legislation To Allow Amtrak To Be Sued

By AMY BETH HANSON, Associated Press, The News & Observer; October 28, 2021 HELENA, Mont Two Democratic members 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., Amtrak: What Do You Bring In Your Personal Sleeping Car Repair Kit?

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; October 9, 2021 Everyone who travels has certain things they do in…

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U.S., Amtrak: The Reality Of Transporting Illegal Drugs By Train Burst Into Public View

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; October 5, 2021 Another Amtrak long distance/inter-regional train was in the national…

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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., Creating A New, Better Superliner Sleeping Car Fleet

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; September 3, 2021 It’s past time to reimagine sleeping cars in North…

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U.S., New Siemens cars – How another California train project went off track. Latest delay: lead-tainted water

By Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee; June 3, 2021 It was supposed to be a signature moment for Caltrans, a…

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U.S., Amtrak Onboard Services History: Here’s a Tip for You

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; February 8, 2021 There has always been a tradition of tipping onboard…

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U.S., Amtrak, Passenger Trains and Dining Cars: What has History Taught Us?

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 31, 2020 As 2020 mercifully and thankfully comes to a close,…

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Canada, British Columbia: Luxury Train of the Year – Rocky Mountaineer named World’s Leading Luxury Train for 2020

By Brendan Kergin, Castanet.net; December 13, 2020 B.C.’s Rocky Mountaineer has another accolade to add to its awards cabinet. The…

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U.S., Missouri: Jefferson City committee considers Amtrak station relocation

By Emily Cole, News Tribune; December 11, 2020 The temporary Amtrak station in the parking lot of the Jefferson Landing…

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Canada: VIA Rail opens Canadian route from Winnipeg to Vancouver amid coronavirus

By Shane Gibson, Global News; December 11, 2020 Winnipeggers can once again take a train to Vancouver amid the ongoing…

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Europe: ÖBB, DB, SBB, and SNCF announce Nightjet collaboration

By David Burroughs, International Railway Journal; December 8, 2020 AUSTRIAN Federal Railways (ÖBB), German Rail (DB), Swiss Federal Railways (SBB),…

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U.S., Northeast: I paid $20 to ride Amtrak’s famed high-speed Acela train for the first time during the pandemic and it was the perfect alternative to flying

By Thomas Pallini, Business Insider; December 6, 2020 Amtrak’s Acela trains are the closest thing Americans have to European-style high-speed…

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U.S., North Carolina: Big Plans for Passenger Train Service

By Reuben Jones, Spectrum News 1; December 3, 2020 CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On a Friday afternoon, a few dozen passengers…

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U.S.: Amtrak agrees to fix stations and pay $2.25 million to settle ADA discrimination claims

By Luz Lazo, The Washington Post; December 2, 2020 Amtrak has agreed to pay $2.25 million to settle civil claims…

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