Amtrak Dining Cars as Profit Centers

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development, Railway Age Magazine; November 29, 2019 One of the great hurrahs of Amtrak…

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Surface Transportation Board’s Cost of Capital Dilemma

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; October 15, 2019 NEWS ITEM: The Surface Transportation Board (STB) proposes…

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A ‘Two Amtrak’ Concept

By Dick Spottswood, Railway Age Magazine; October 10, 2019 The dilemma: It’s now clear that Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger…

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Amtrak’s Interregional Growth Opportunities

By Andrew Selden, Railway Age Magazine; October 7, 2019 Years ago, the Minnesota Association of Railroad Passengers ran an experiment.…

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Experiential Travel and Amtrak

By Andrew Selden, Railway Age Magazine; September 18, 2019 Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson proposes to eliminate most of Amtrak’s interregional…

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Surface Transportation Board Takes ‘Bye’ on Fuel Surcharge Case

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; September 3, 2019 Imagine Surface Transportation Board (STB) members…

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Andrew Selden: Deciphering the Amtrak Puzzle

By Andrew Selden, Railway Age Magazine; August 5, 2019 CEO Richard Anderson’s announced strategy to reposition Amtrak’s train operations is…

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Precision Scheduled Railroading: For employees, pain, no gain

By William C. Keppen, Jr., Railway Age Magazine; June 10, 2019 Six out of the seven Class I freight railroads in…

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Andrew Selden Opinion: Repeat actions don’t produce different outcomes

By Andrew Selden, Railway Age Magazine; April 20, 2019 Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson and his chief deputy, Stephen Gardner, have…

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South Carolina Senator Fritz Hollings’ role in rail merger policy

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; April 8, 2019 Somewhat buried in history is that…

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Former Amtrak President Joe Boardman, Dec. 23, 1948 – March 7, 2019

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; March 7, 2019 Joseph H. Boardman, former Amtrak President and CEO and…

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Frank Wilner Opinion: Beware the operating ratio trap

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; February 11, 2019 Watching Washington, February 2019: Sizzle sells…

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Precision Crew Scheduling: What would Hunter say?

By William C. Keppen, Jr., Railway Age Magazine; February 8, 2019 I knew Hunter Harrison when he was a Burlington Northern…

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Frank Wilner opinion: Amtrak vs. freights: A messy MRSA

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; January 31, 2019 If you’re passionate about on-time performance…

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Frank Wilner Opinion: Surface Transportation Board waiting too long for Godot

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; January 17, 2019 Watching Washington, January 2019: Prominently on…

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Video Interview: 2019 Railway Age Magazine Railroader of the Year – Jean-Jacques ‘JJ’ Ruest, Canadian National

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; January 11, 2019 CN President and CEO Jean-Jacques “JJ” Ruest, Railway Age’s…

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Andrew Selden responds to Amtrak’s Stephen Gardner opinion article in Railway Age Magazine

By Andrew Selden, United Rail Passenger Alliance, Railway Age Magazine; January 4, 2019 Amtrak Senior Executive Vice President Stephen Gardner’s…

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THURSDAY UPDATE: Washington’s Merry-Go-Round on ‘Stop’

Editor’s Note: The original version of this story, published yesterday, January 2nd, indicated there were many unfilled presidential appointments because…

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Washington’s Merry-Go-Round on ‘Stop’

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor; January 2, 2019 “Knock, knock.” Seriously, if you’re awaiting a “Who’s there?”…

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CN’s Ruest is Railway Age Magazine Railroader of the Year

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; November 26, 2018 The 56th annual recipient of the prestigious Railway Age Railroader…

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CN’s Ruest Named Railroader of the Year

A press release from Canadian National Railway; November 26, 2018: MONTREAL, Nov. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Railway Age…

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Opinion: The Amtrak era is over. It’s time for a replacement

By F.K. Plous, Railway Age Magazine; October 4, 2018 Railway Age editor William C. Vantuono wondered recently what exactly Amtrak…

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Frank Wilner Opinion: Why Ian Jefferies?

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; September 19, 2018 News item: Ian Jefferies, 42, currently…

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Unintended consequences

By Andrew Selden, Railway Age Magazine; September 19, 2018 Underlying the ancient aphorism “be careful what you wish for ……

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Opinion: TWU’s “crappy boxed lunch,” a PTC paper tiger—and silence

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; September 6, 2018 I don’t need to write much about how the…

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