SECOND QUARTER 2016: Kent Patterson explores the rebirth and growth of commuter rail serving New York City’s northern suburbs in Part One of his look at Metro-North Railroad. Coverage of Amtrak’s Gulf Coast inspection train, last run for the Metra Highliners, first run for DC Streetcar, and so much more in the 2016-2 issue of Passenger Train Journal!
SPONSORED CONTENT: As an old steam engine chugs along through the breathtaking passes of the Colorado Rockies, hauling coaches and travelers past evergreen-covered hills, around sheer rock faces, and over deep gorges, there are many fantastic photo opportunities. Join Country Travel Discoveries for a special tour of Colorado’s Vintage Railways.
When Conrail was created in 1976 to take over the railroad operations of six bankrupt lines in the Northeast, the new ward of the government became the nation’s second largest passenger carrier overnight. Its colorful career as a commuter-hauler was short-lived, however.
When America entered World War I in 1917, Peorians could ride passenger trains on 14 railroads. But storm clouds had gathered during and after the war’s conclusion. Year by year, the addition of thousands of paved miles enabled private automobiles and bus operators to siphon off passengers from the railroads in ever greater numbers.
Much has been written of Peoria’s rail history thanks to the presence of colorful small carriers like the Chicago & Illinois
Midland, Illinois Terminal, Peoria & Pekin Union, and Toledo, Peoria & Western. But with the passage of time, certain aspects
of the city’s early passenger train and station history may have been forgotten.