U.S., Canada: A collection of superb passenger train photography of Amtrak, VIA Rail Canada and before by one of America’s best railroad photographers

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; January 23, 2023 What a gift good photography is for those who…

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U.S.: Amtrak is eyeing new rail cars for long-distance trains through Chicago

By Sarah Freishtat, Chicago Tribune; January 19, 2023 Amtrak is planning to replace its fleet of train cars used on…

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U.S., Amtrak and others: For 2023, bring back parlor cars, reinvent sleeping car lounges, remember that train cars have couplers, plus Brightline ridership skyrockets

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; January 13, 2023 Woulda Coulda Shoulda Those three well-established definitions of what…

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U.S.: Is Amtrak advertising too warm and fuzzy or even necessary?

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator; December 30, 2022 Editor’s Note: Russ Jackson taught broadcast advertising at a California college and…

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U.S. and Canada; Amtrak, VIA Rail Canada and Brightline passenger trains: We are thankful for railroaders who work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation, December 23, 2022 It’s Christmas Eve. Passenger trains are running everywhere today,…

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U.S.: Looking at Amtrak, Brightline, Caltrain, West Central Wisconsin and Montana’s Big Sky Rail at the end of the year

By James E. Coston, Executive Chairman, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 20, 2022 CHICAGO – Those of us with just…

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U.S.: The Winter season rivals to bring cold Northern passengers to Florida; Amtrak still follows the same route

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 16, 2022 It’s December, the start of the Winter snowbird season…

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U.S. and Canada: The magic of Christmas train travel on Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 9, 2022 Those who are well informed are aware we are…

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U.S., Amtrak and before: The City of New Orleans and Panama Limited on the Main Line of Mid-America, the line of Casey Jones

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 6, 2022 The famed-in-song-and elsewhere The City of New Orleans is…

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U.S.: Christmas holiday ads and images from Amtrak and its railroad ancestors

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; November 29, 2022 People who are in the know are aware that…

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U.S., The big railroad Amtrak forgot: The Chicago and North Western System was a huge granger railroad and operated lots and lots of passenger trains

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; November 23, 2022 The Chicago and North Western System was a major…

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U.S.: After the federal government mortally wounded passenger trains in 1967, Amtrak was created to clean up the mess

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; October 18, 2022 Here is something to consider: Amtrak wasn’t created totally…

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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.; 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., Amtrak: Hurricanes and passenger trains

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; September 29, 2022 Hello, from warm, sunny Florida. Well, not really, today.…

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U.S., Amtrak: The modern saga of the famed Sunset Limited; facts, dates and conclusions

Editor’s Note: The article first appeared on this platform on August 25, 2021. It has been updated with photos and…

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U.S., California’s Coast Daylight: ‘The World’s Most Beautiful Train’ had a triple-unit dining, coffee shop and kitchen car, plus tavern on a daytime luxury coach train

Editor’s Note: This article last appeared on this website on December 27, 2021. It has been updated and photos and…

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

Editor’s Note: This article last appeared on this platform on November 22, 2021. It has been updated and photos and…

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U.S., Amtrak: What could have been for the California Zephyr and fondly remembering the Spirit of California overnight train

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator; September 6, 2022 Recently Bruce Richardson wrote an article on this platform about the resumption…

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U.S., Amtrak and others: Night trains once efficiently and successfully moved America; it’s time to do that again

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on January 19, 2021. It has been updated and photographs and…

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U.S., Radical Thinking: Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak passenger trains should be easy and convenient to ride

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on this platform on February 18, 2021. He has been updated and expanded…

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U.S., Amtrak and others: Something cool for the sweltering August dog days of summer

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; August 19, 2022 This was the way things were when it came…

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U.S.: Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak Empire Builder in past better days competed spiritedly with the North Coast Limited, Mainstreeter, Olympian Hiawatha and Western Star

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on March 15, 2021. It has been updated and photographs and…

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U.S., Amtrak: Sabotage!? Why are Southwest Chief and other train consists designed for failure? Revisiting, a year later

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform a year ago on September 7, 2021. Andrew Selden has updated…

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U.S., Amtrak and others: A primer of best practices for how to plan passenger train expansions

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on March 29, 2021. It has been updated with photographs and…

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