1st QUARTER 2021: We visit Amtrak’s new gateway to New York City nearly three decades in the making, taking a tour of the dramatic and spacious Moynihan Train Hall. PTJ founder and columnist Kevin McKinney recalls some of his postwar and pre-Amtrak train trips, while Jeff Hirsh continues with Part Two of his feature on the pre-Amtrak operations in and around Cincinnati Union Terminal. Our TrailBlazer feature takes us to Central Pennsylvania, and a trip around historic Horseshoe Curve. All this and more in the 2021-1 issue of Passenger Train Journal!

Metra Seeks Proposals to Build Battery-Powered F40PH

Metra Seeks Proposals to Build Battery-Powered F40PH

Metra’s Board of Directors approved a plan on Wednesday to convert three old F40PH-3s to battery power.


Amtrak’s Valley Flyer

Amtrak’s Valley Flyer

An underlying goal of Amtrak’s Valley Flyer is to allow residents of Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley to travel to New York and Connecticut and back in one day.


Capital Commuting

Capital Commuting

Over the last 30 years, commuter trains in the nation’s capitol have transitioned from private to public, including MARC and Virginia Rail Express.


Saga of the Boston-Albany Beeliner

Saga of the Boston-Albany Beeliner

While the Budd Rail Diesel Car provided an economy savings for lightly patronized lines, New York Central did everything in their power to discontinue the Boston-to-Albany operation.


Karl Zimmermann: Pulling the Pin

Karl Zimmermann: Pulling the Pin

I’m not old enough to have experienced the era of link-and-pin coupling. Still, I know that the term “pulling the pin” is railroaders’ slang for “retiring,” which is what I’m doing from the “North American Intercity” column, though not from the magazine, at least not entirely.


Get Rid of Richard Anderson

Get Rid of Richard Anderson

Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson has unnecessarily complicated Amtrak’s operations and has made enemies of people who should be friends.


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