3rd QUARTER 2018: Grand Trunk Western’s overnight Toronto–Chicago train, the International, makes its grand entrance into Chicago on a sunny morning in August 1967. In this issue of PTJ, author Elbert Simon covers the history of GTW passenger service in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. Also, in our continuing 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of PTJ in 1968, editor Mike Schafer takes readers train-riding with him in 1968 in his “The Wabash Cannon Ball and Other Tales of Train Riding in 1968” feature. We’ll also be riding former Pennsylvania Railroad SEPTA commuter lines in Philadelphia with tour guide Stephen Ferrell. All this and more in the 2018-3 issue of Passenger Train Journal!
Join us in Chicago on September 29 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Passenger Train Journal with a special charter on Metra to Joliet, lunch in Joliet Union Station, and a special evening slide show program at Chicago Union Station.
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.