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!
For three and a half years, Seaboard Coast Line passenger trains continued the tradition of its predecessor railroads in providing excellent service from the Midwest and Southeast to southern Florida, despite dark times in the industry during the late 1960s.
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.