FIRST QUARTER 2017: Elbert Simon explores the colorful trains operated by the Lehigh Valley Railroad connecting Buffalo with eastern Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Editor Mike Schafer takes a trip to Florida and reports on his experiences on Amtrak and the new SunRail. Karl Zimmermann reminisces on the California Zephyr, while Ellis Simon takes a look at the transformation taking place on the Long Island Rail Road. All this and more in the First Quarter 2017 issue of Passenger Train Journal!

Transforming the Long Island Rail Road

Transforming the Long Island Rail Road

New York State, the MTA, and the LIRR are making a big bet that an expanded network, increased track capacity, new and improved stations and new rolling stock will improve service and remove some of the constraints on the railroad’s growth.


My Life on Amtrak

My Life on Amtrak

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.


Springfield Union Station

Springfield Union Station

After 43 years of being shuttered, the majestic 1926 Springfield Union station is set to reopen thanks to an $88.5-million restoration and redevelopment project.


Union Pacific’s Butte Special

Union Pacific’s Butte Special

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.


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