3rd QUARTER 2017: John Kilbride recalls Pennsylvania Railroad’s South Wind to Florida, while Marc Glucksman and Mike Schafer cover the “Joliet Rocket” NKP 765 excursion to Chicago LaSalle Street Station. Joe Calisi helps us sort out the “Summer From Hell” in regards to Amtrak’s emergency repairs at Penn Station in New York City. All this and more in the #rd Quarter 2017 issue of Passenger Train Journal!
Brightline is well on its way to proving that a private intercity rail passenger venture just may work and even be profitable. What gives wonder to it all is that Brightline arose from the DNA of the Florida East Coast Railroad, whose roots date from the late 1800s and was a premier passenger carrier into the latter half of the 20th century.
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.