2nd QUARTER 2018: Passenger Train Journal celebrates 50 years since its founding in 1968.The Green Bay-Chicago Flambeau 400 has been reduced to just two coaches in this December 1968 scene, and is just one of many long-distance trains that would soon disappear from the map. PTJ founder Kevin McKinney explores what the passenger rail scene looked like in the years leading up to Amtrak. We take a ride aboard Mexico’s last passenger train, and take a visit to new tourist rail operations in Missouri and Pennsylvania. All this and more in the 2018-02 issue of Passenger Train Journal!
When the first issue of Passenger Train Journal hit the street in 1968, the United States’ intercity rail-passenger network was in free fall and, with just a few notable exceptions, the mode’s future looked increasingly bleak.
This column will build on the questions I would have asked Amtrak President Richard Anderson about the mistakes and missteps of his first couple of months in charge if he would agree to talk to any reporters…
Penn Central’s managers believed that passenger service west of both Buffalo, N.Y., and Harrisburg, Pa., were financially hopeless cases. Most surviving trains either offered no amenities or provided minimal food service from snack bars.
For three and a half years, Seaboard Coast Line passenger trains continued the tradition of its predecessor railroads in providing excellent service from the Midwest and Southeast to southern Florida, despite dark times in the industry during the late 1960s.