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. 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., 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.: On the last holiday weekend of the summer of ’22, Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak is in free fall and passengers are paying the price

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on February 25, 2021. It has been updated, additional information has…

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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., Canada: Beyond Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak, glimpses of hope for future passenger trains

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

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U.S. and Canada; Amtrak, Brightline, VIA Rail Canada, and Rocky Mountaineer: Passenger trains come in all shapes, sizes and colors

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on this platform on August 21, 2021. It has been updated and photographs added.…

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U.S., Paul Theroux – ‘Anything is possible on a train: a great meal, a binge, a visit from card players, an intrigue, a good night’s sleep, and strangers’ monologues framed like Russian short stories’

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; June 30, 2022 There are moments in time defined by unexpected events…

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U.S.: What about the mob forming to come after the former airline execs running Amtrak?

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; June 26, 2022 There is an ugly, militant mob forming. Tar is…

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U.S., Canada: Exploding the myth trains must be very fast to be attractive to passengers

By William Lindley, Guest Commentator; June 16, 2022 Key points: • Convenience of use is more important than train speed…

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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., Amtrak: There is a better way to run dining and lounge cars on Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak; look at Brightline’s example

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; May 16, 2022 We keep hearing whispers that full dining car service…

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U.S., Amtrak, VIA Rail Canada: Who are the Denizens of Modern Passenger Trains?

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on the Corridorrail.com website in the pre-pandemic world of 2018 and again on February…

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U.S., Canada: There Is A Bright Future For Passenger Trains In North America

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on this platform on April 16, 2021 and has been updated. – Corridorrail.com Editor…

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U.S., When It Comes To Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak, Settle For More, Not Less. Demand More.

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on this platform on March 16, 2021. It has been slightly updated. – Corridorrail.com…

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U.S., What If – Another View: Thinking about the future of the Midwest through Chicago and Louisville

(Editor’s Note ― In another What If look at the future, William Lindley of Shelbyville, Kentucky shares his thoughts about…

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U.S., Travel and Train History: 20th Century Limited, Overseas Railway, Amtrak, Auto Train, The Love Boat, Brightline and Disneyland’s Santa Fe Railway Train

Editor’s Note: This is the final Holiday Season Rewind readers’ favorite article. A new article will appear the week of…

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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., From Streamliners To Amtrak: How To Define Passenger Train Luxury

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; May 26, 2021 One thoughtful reader of this space recently commented on…

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U.S., Florida/Nevada/California: Brightline CEO presents to Congress ways to unlock the potential of high-speed rail

From Global Railway Review; May 7, 2021 Michael Reininger, Brightline’s CEO, has presented to a U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure…

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U.S., France: Banning Planes For Trains; Think Twice

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 14, 2021 Word has come the French – known for great…

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U.S, South Florida History and Today: The Newest Use for Florida East Coast Railway Right-of-Way

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 2, 2021 Henry Flagler’s railroad-building prowess is the gift to Florida…

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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.: Someone Died and Made You the King of Passenger Trains …

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; January 26, 2021 Word has come that, indeed, someone did die and…

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