4th QUARTER 2017: Unlike the Penn Central and Burlington Northern mergers, the 1967 consolidation of Seaboard Coast Line actually benefitted passengers traveling to Florida destinations. W. Reid Adams explores this short-lived era of passenger operations prior to Amtrak. We also review Amtrak’s summer at Grand Central Terminal, Chicago Transit Authority’s 70th anniversary celebrations, and more in the 4th Quarter 2017 issue of Passenger Train Journal!

My Life at Amtrak: Part 2

My Life at Amtrak: Part 2

In the fall of 1976 I moved from Amtrak’s Operations and Planning Department to the Marketing Research Department, which became my home for the next 19 years.


The South Wind

The South Wind

The Pennsylvania Railroad’s “South Wind” served Florida from Chicago by partnering with Atlantic Coast Line and Florida East Coast Railway.


Countdown to Brightline

Countdown to Brightline

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.


CZ by KZ: Amtrak’s California Zephyr

CZ by KZ: Amtrak’s California Zephyr

Amtrak’s California Zephyr nearly follows the same schedule as the original train launched by the Burlington, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific railroads in 1949.


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