U.S., Amtrak stations: Railroads built temples to themselves; some good, some very good, some still used by Amtrak

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; November 4, 2022 Many modern day cities base their civic pride on…

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U.S., National Railroad Passenger Corporation: What’s in a passenger train and railroad name? Much more than you think.

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on February 1, 2021. It has been updated with additional material…

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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: How can America get to Phoenix again by train?

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator, with Anthony Lee, Richard Strandberg, and William Lindley; October 7, 2022 It’s now been 27…

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U.S.; before Amtrak, Broadway Limited and 20th Century Limited’s great rivalry: Speed, luxury and superb Pullman service

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on May 24, 2021. It has been updated and photos and…

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U.S., California, Union Pacific, Santa Fe, Southern Pacific and Amtrak: Los Angeles Union Station stars in the movies

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on April 25, 2021 as the pandemic-era Oscars presentation ceremony telecast…

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U.S., Amtrak: In 1970, railroads made a deal with the Devil to form what is now Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on February 4, 2021. It has been updated for content and…

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U.S.: A Dining Car Primer; the importance of dining and lounge cars to the financial health of any train

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on December 10, 2020. Illustrations have been added to this presentation.…

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U.S., Union Pacific History: A Future U.S. President Enjoyed the City of Los Angeles Dome Diner; a Special Holiday Season Menu

Holiday Season Rewind: During this holiday season we are occasionally featuring past articles which were reader favorites. This article was…

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U.S., Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary; Where Were You On May 1, 1971?

Holiday Season Rewind: During this holiday season we are occasionally featuring past articles from earlier this year which were reader…

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U.S., Santa Fe’s El Capitan And Amtrak’s Texas Eagle: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Editor’s Note: This is another in a series of commentaries by Russ Jackson, the distinguished retired editor of the Western…

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U.S., From Santa Fe To Amtrak Texas Chief History, Part Three: Why There Was An Inglorious End To A Proud And Busy Workhorse Train

By David R. Peironnet, Guest Commentator; May 19, 2021 Amtrak’s management team on May 1, 1971 was dominated by people…

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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., From Santa Fe to Amtrak History: Texas Chief, Part One; Santa Fe All The Way To The Gulf Of Mexico. Why Was It So Easily Overlooked?

By David R. Peironnet, Guest Commentator; May 3, 2021 Most people think of Santa Fe as a western transcontinental railroad…

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U.S., Amtrak at 50: Then, and Now What?

Editor’s Note: Russ Jackson is the distinguished retired editor of the Western Rail Passenger Review, which he contributed to and…

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U.S., Terminal Stations History: California Zephyr, City of San Francisco and San Francisco Chief

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 19, 2021 Enjoying the history of the California Zephyr, City of…

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U.S., Wabash and Union Pacific History: A Tale of Two Cities, Part Two

By David R. Peironnet, Guest Commentator; February 9, 2021 A Tale of Two CitiesWabash/Union Pacific City of Saint Louis and…

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U.S.: BNSF unveils newly painted locomotives to recognize 25th anniversary

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; August 27, 2020 BNSF Railway Co. recently unveiled the first of 10 locomotives with special paint schemes…

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U.S., New Mexico: George R.R. Martin buys the historic Santa Fe Southern Railway with two other partners

By Abhijeet Singh, Wiki of Thrones; June 1, 2020 Most of us may not remember when exactly we lost interest…

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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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Opinion: It’s all about the journey, not the destination

By Debra Karplus, The News-Gazette; July 14, 2019 I like flying. But I especially enjoy train travel. I’ve lived my…

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Phoenix, Arizona’s Historic Union Station Goes Up for Sale

By Elizabeth Whitman, Phoenix New Times; June 12, 2019 Phoenix’s historic Union Station is for sale. The property went on…

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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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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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