Welcome to Passenger Train Journal’s Extra Board! We explore a different perspective of passenger, commuter, and rapid transit trains every month. Extra Board welcomes your submissions. We’re looking for about 1500 words accompanied by two or three photos. Each photo should be no smaller than 14 inches (or 1024 pixels) across at 72 dpi (no verticals, please). Brief caption information must accompany each photo. Please send your inquiries to the Webmaster for consideration.
November 28, 2018
It may not be as well-known as other state-sponsored rail programs, but North Carolina’s approach to rail is one of the most innovative and unique in the country.
November 28, 2018
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.
July 2, 2018
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.
May 20, 2018
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.
January 31, 2018
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.
January 8, 2018
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.
October 23, 2017
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.
August 31, 2017
The Pennsylvania Railroad’s “South Wind” served Florida from Chicago by partnering with Atlantic Coast Line and Florida East Coast Railway.
May 15, 2017
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.
March 10, 2017
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.