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!

Current Issue

Vol. 43, No. 1 (2019-1)
Issue No. 278


Holiday on Rails

by PTJ contributors — How some railroads celebrated the spirit of the 2018 holiday season.

What’s Missing?

by Karl Zimmermann — Remember when railroads and even Amtrak used pomp and panache to catch the eye of the traveling public?

West Palm Beach to Miami on Virgin Trains USA

by Otto Vondrak — Our Trail Blazer series shows you how modern rail passenger service should be done.

The Empire Corridor

by Walter E. Zullig — How New York Central and the State of New York launched an operation that today garners much praise.

PTJ Reader Survey: The Results

compiled by Kevin Holland — A review of what PTJ readers chose as their favorite trains, locomotives, rolling stock, and operators.

The Commonwealth’s Record of Success

by Richard Rudolph — The Commonwealth of Virginia marches forth with aggressive plans to continue growing its network of rail passenger service.


On The Point/Editorial by Mike Schafer

The Journal/Edited by George Fletcher

North American Intercity/Karl Zimmermann

Capitol Unlimited/by Jim Matthews, NARP President and CEO

Window on the World/Kevin McKinney

LeisureRail/Ted and Sylvia Blishak

Rush Hour/Kevin McKinney

Capitol Unlimited/Jim Matthews

Mail, Express, and L.C.L.

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