1st QUARTER 2018: Fifty years ago the New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad merged to form Penn Central, the largest railroad in the east and one of America’s busiest passenger carriers. El Simon reviews what PC passenger service was like at the time of the merger, while Thornton Waite takes us back to the final years of New Haven night trains with a look back at the New York-Boston Owl. Meanwhile, Marc Glucksman reviews the new Siemens SC-series diesels appearing on passenger trains across the country and we take a look at the debut of Florida’s new Brightline service. All this and more in the 2018-1 issue of Passenger Train Journal!

Current Issue

Vol. 42, No. 1 (2018-1), Issue No. 274


Brightline Begins

by Kent Patterson — The long-awaited new, private rail passenger service begins in South Florida.

Holiday on the Rails 2017

Railroads and transit companies from all over North America celebrate the holidays with special trains.

The Siemens Diesel-Electric SC-Series

by Marc Glucksman — Siemens’ new Charger locomotives are beginning to show up all across the country. Are the SCs the E-unit and F40 of the future?

Another Room With a (Railroad) View

by Karl Zimmermann — Some places where you can catch the railroading action right from your room or balcony.

Penn Central—A Short, Troubled Life

by Elbert Simon — PC’s passenger network stretched from New York to Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Washington—and eventually led the way to Amtrak.

New Haven’s Owl

by Thornton Waite — The first in PTJ’s series of regional overnight trains. The Owl of the late, great New York, New Haven & Hartford was a classic.

The Trans-Mongolian and the Trans-Siberian

by Chuck Blardone — A couple embarks on a memorable journey across Siberia and Mongolia. Would they do it again? Yes!



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 & CEO

Window on the World/Kevin McKinney

LeisureRail/Ted and Sylvia Blishak

Rush Hour/Kevin McKinney

Capitol Unlimited/Jim Matthews

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