U.S., Andrew Selden: A Primer For Maximizing Return On Federal Investment Of New Passenger Rail Capital

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; April 7, 2021 Occasionally, it is useful to go back to basics. A moment when…

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U.S., Three Steps To Fix American Passenger Trains Now While The $80 Billion Plan Is Debated

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation, April 5, 2021 As we further examine Amtrak’s letter to Santa Claus…

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U.S., A Primer For How To Plan Passenger Train Expansions

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 29, 2021 Thanks to all who so far have responded with…

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U.S., The Goodness of Secondary Passenger Trains Before and During Amtrak: Southern Pacific’s Imperial History

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 24, 2021 In a land long ago – in the pre-Amtrak…

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U.S., Amtrak: Congress gave them the money, the national network will soon be daily, again

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 10, 2021 It’s here – Amtrak announced today, thanks to the…

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U.S., Passenger Train History from 1830 to Amtrak: An Incomplete List of Things Not Found Today on Passenger Trains

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 8, 2021 The first passenger trains in the United States took…

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U.S.: One Size of Passenger Trains Does Not Fit All

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; February 25, 2021 Just about everyone (because there is always someone with…

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U.S., Seaboard’s Silver Meteor and Silver Star History: A Proud Heritage for an Upscale Clientele

Editor’s Note: This material was originally written in 2019 and updated today. By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation;…

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U.S., More Amtrak and Brightline History: Remaking Passenger Rail in Florida

Editor’s Note: Parts of this history article were first written in 2018 and 2019; updated today. By J. Bruce Richardson,…

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U.S., Amtrak and Brightline South Florida History: Two Railroads, Two Very Different Results for Stations

Editor’s Note: This story was originally written in early 2019 and was updated today. By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail…

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U.S., Amtrak History: Railroads Made a Deal With the Devil to Form Amtrak

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; February 4, 2021 In 1970, in the middle of Richard Nixon’s first…

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U.S., Amtrak History: The Financial Calamity of the First Too Small Viewliner Order and Routes That Have Come and Gone, Part Three

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; January 22, 2021 Amtrak is like any other company or major organization…

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U.S., Amtrak Silver Meteor History: ‘Kindly Do Not Flush Toilet When Train Is Standing In Station’

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; January 13, 2021 Note: This was written in early 2019. “Kindly do…

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U.S., Pre-Amtrak Streamliner History: What It Was Like to Ride Seaboard’s Silver Star

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; January 12, 2021 Note: This narrative was first written in 2019. It’s…

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U.S., Amtrak Florida Service History: SCL’s Dining Car Promotions Invited Passengers to Eat a Full Dinner or A La Carte Selections

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; January 11, 2021 The time span between the creation of Seaboard Coast…

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U.S., New York/Florida Service History: The Palmland was practical, convenient and had a good heavyweight dining car

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; November 28, 2020 In January of 1962, Seaboard Air Line Railroad’s New…

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U.S.: Amtrak service cuts interrupt North-South connection for Black Americans

By Curtis Tate, USA Today; September 9, 2020 For nearly 50 years, most of Amtrak’s long-distance trains have operated daily.…

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U.S., North Carolina: Coronavirus pandemic reduces passenger train service in North Carolina again

By Richard Stradling, The News & Observer; July 06, 2020 RALEIGH Passenger train service in North Carolina is being cut…

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U.S., Florida: Amtrak to reduce New York-Florida trains starting July 6, with more cuts coming Oct. 1

By Curtis Tate, USA Today; June 29, 2020 Starting next week, Amtrak is cutting back service between New York and…

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RIP Amtrak’s Dining Car, a Rolling Delight

By Stephen Mihm, Bloomberg Opinion, Yahoo! Finance; November 23, 2019 (Bloomberg Opinion) — More than 119,000 people have signed an…

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Dining Cars Have Been Around the Since the 1800s. Now They Face Extinction.

By Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics; October 8, 2019 Traveling long distances by rail may be an increasingly old-fashioned mode of…

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Days of the dining car marked special time in travel

By Jim Ridolphi, Contributing Columnist, Richmond Times-Dispatch; October 6, 2019 Is the Amtrak dining car headed for the same fate…

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The full history of Amtrak’s iconic dining cars, which the company says it is removing to cater to millennial whims

By Brittany Chang, Business Insider; September 24, 2019 Amtrak is doing away with its iconic dining car on overnight trains…

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Opinion: Making it worse to make it better

By Tim Rowland, Herald-Mail; September 23, 2019 I am not a train nut. I want to make that really clear.…

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RIP the Amtrak dining car, done in by murderous millennials

By Aimee Levitt, The Takeout; September 23, 2019 First it was mayonnaise. Then it was Applebees and Hooters. And now…

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