FIRST QUARTER 2017: Elbert Simon explores the colorful trains operated by the Lehigh Valley Railroad connecting Buffalo with eastern Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Editor Mike Schafer takes a trip to Florida and reports on his experiences on Amtrak and the new SunRail. Karl Zimmermann reminisces on the California Zephyr, while Ellis Simon takes a look at the transformation taking place on the Long Island Rail Road. All this and more in the First Quarter 2017 issue of Passenger Train Journal!

Current Issue

Vol. 41, No. 1 (2017-1), Issue No. 270


Holiday on Rails 2016

A look at rail-related celebrations and special trains during the 2016 holiday season.

Transforming the Long Island Rail Road

by Ellis Simon — New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has ambitious infrastructure improvement plans for its Long Island Rail Road.

Intercity: CZ by KZ

by Karl Zimmermann — Reminiscing the California Zephyr, then and now.

Rail Transit Returning to Kitchener-Waterloo

by John D. Thompson — The twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo in southern Ontario are returning electric rail transit to their streets.

Pennsylvanian in Progress

by Ken Joseph And Michael Alexander — A report from the Western Pennsylvanians for Passenger Rail shows how a brighter future is possible for this state-supported service.

Passenger Trains of the Lehigh Valley

by Elbert Simon — The Lehigh Valley Railroad exited the intercity passenger business in 1961, but went out with a colorful legacy.

Trip Report: By Viewliner New York to Florida

by Mike Schafer — The PTJ editor and a friend take two rides on Metra, two on NJ Transit, two on the Capitol Limited, three rides on the Silver Meteor, and one ride on a bus to get from the Midwest to Florida and back.

A SunRail Synopsis

by Mike Schafer — The past, present, and future of Orlando’s new commuter-rail system.


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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