FOURTH QUARTER 2016: Scott Ornstein celebrates the 20th anniversary of Amtrak’s New York-to-Vermont Ethan Allen Express, while Thornton Waite investigates Union Pacific’s Butte Special serving western cities in the shadow of more famous named trains. We visit the new Amtrak Niagara Falls station, check on the progress rebuilding Union Station in Springfield, Mass., and ride along with outgoing Amtrak president Joe Boardman on a western inspection trip. All this and more in the Fourth Quarter 2016 issue of Passenger Train Journal!
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.
The Butte Special was a Union Pacific passenger train connecting Butte, Mont., and Salt Lake City, Utah, providing a vital service to the sparsely populated area in eastern Idaho and southwestern Montana. UP provided this passenger service between the two cities for 90 years, operating the trains under a variety of names and numbers.
These sleek high-speed trains captured the imagination of the traveling public and created a brand that stood for a higher quality of service that set the industry standard for forty years. Enjoy these selected photos from the pages of The Metroliners, available now from White River Productions.