4th QUARTER 2019: Amtrak’s New York–Florida Champion strikes a proud pose at Richmond’s Broad Street Station in 1975. In this issue, PTJ takes you to Florida on Amtrak and pre-Amtrak trains to explore the important business of getting passengers to the Sunshine State. And speaking of Amtrak, we are claiming this to be “The Amtrak Food Issue,” as several of our department columnists and authors focus on this controversial topic. Oh, there’s more, including a Budd RDC trip over “rare mileage” trackage formerly belonging to Lehigh Valley, Jersey Central, and Reading; an Amtrak circle trip between St. Louis and the West Coast; and a PTJ visit to Washington, D.C., to check out Amtrak’s new Viewliner sleepers and the latest in modified food service. All this and more in the Fourth Quarter issue of Passenger Train Journal.

Current Issue

Vol. 43, No. 4 (2019-4)
Issue No. 281


NJ Transit Joins the Heritage Parade

by Russell Sullivan — Old is new on NJ Transit as the carrier unveils heritage paint schemes honoring Jersey Central, Erie Lackawanna, and Pennsy.

On the Old Broadway

by Karl Zimmermann — Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Pennsylvania Railroad’s 1949 upgrade of the Broadway Limited aboard former Broadway equipment—at speed.

Amtrak Introduces New Viewliner Diners and Modified Food Service

by Alex Mayes — The first new Amtrak sleepers in 25 years debut at Washington, D.C., along with upgraded food service in Viewliner diners.

Florida by Amtrak

by Kevin Mckinney — Why is Amtrak losing ground in a booming market? Let us count the ways! Also, a report on a trip to the Sunshine State.

The (Almost) Great Triangle Trip

by Greg Stout — Save for a short “bus bridge” bypassing trackage out of service, husband and wife travelers enjoy a remarkably fine circle trip.

Three River Valley Flyer

by Mike Schafer — The Lehigh Valley Chapter-NRHS teams up with Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern for a stellar, 200-mile rare-mileage trip with Budd RDCs.


On The Point/Editorial by Mike Schafer

The Journal/Compiled by Kevin McKinney

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

Rail User’s Network/Richard Rudolph

The Potomac Pundit/Don Phillips

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