1st QUARTER 2019: Walt Zullig recalls the development of one of America’s first true “corridor” services with an exploration of New York State’s Empire Service, while Richard Rudolph examines expanded state-funded Amtrak service in Virginia. Also in this issue, Railfan & Railroad associate editor Otto Vondrak takes us along for a ride on Virgin Trains USA’s Brightline service in Florida. All this and more in the 1st Quarter 2019 issue of Passenger Train Journal!
Friends and colleagues gathered in Chicago at the end of September for our special event. The White River Rocket was the first-ever chartered train on Metra, operated for White River Productions to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding 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.