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!
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.
Traveling by rail from Windsor, Ont., to Churchill, Man., is a one-way journey of about 2,500 miles (4,000 km) on three different VIA Rail Canada trains. The western end of VIA’s Corridor links Windsor with Toronto, where connections can be made with trains 1 and 2, the transcontinental Canadian. In Winnipeg, Man., Churchill passengers make their connections to and from twice-weekly trains 692 and 693, the Hudson Bay.
Fortunately, prior to MNR’s start, the serious planning underway at both MTA and CDOT did mitigate the challenge somewhat. A multitude of projects and plans were underway to address the looming realities regarding delivering reliable service, along with a tight supply of electric-service passenger equipment.