FIRST QUARTER 2017: Elbert Simon explores the colorful trains operated by the Lehigh Valley Railroad connecting Buffalo with eastern Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Editor Mike Schafer takes a trip to Florida and reports on his experiences on Amtrak and the new SunRail. Karl Zimmermann reminisces on the California Zephyr, while Ellis Simon takes a look at the transformation taking place on the Long Island Rail Road. All this and more in the First Quarter 2017 issue of Passenger Train Journal!
More than 55 years have passed since the Lehigh Valley Railroad abandoned its last passenger trains in 1961. At the time it was one of the largest railroads to do so and followed the Maine Central and Bangor & Aroostook in discontinuing what had been a mature service offering sleeping and dining service along with basic coaches.
New York State, the MTA, and the LIRR are making a big bet that an expanded network, increased track capacity, new and improved stations and new rolling stock will improve service and remove some of the constraints on the railroad’s growth.
I’ve never been a big fan of flying. While I don’t have nearly the same kind of crushing anxiety I used to about getting on a plane, it’s still not my favorite way to travel. While planes are great for quick hops across the country, I try to work train travel into my schedule whenever I can.