3rd QUARTER 2019  Author Ralcon Wagner reveals an unremarked commuter-rail operation launched in Nashville, Tenn., in 2006, the Music City Star. Also in this issue, we take our readers to Hornell, N.Y., for a virtual tour of the Alstom shops to witness the construction of Amtrak’s new Acela fleet. We follow the revival of Union Pacific’s 4-8-8-4 Big Boy steam locomotive 4014 as PTJ correspondent Karl Zimmermann takes readers for cab ride on and a tour of the stunning Domeliner passenger train it pulled. All this and more, in the Third Quarter 2019 issue of Passenger Train Journal!

Current Issue

Vol. 43, No. 3 (2019-3)
Issue No. 280


A Passenger Special Like No Other

by Joe Petric — Union Pacific’s newly restored “Big Boy” steam locomotive wowed railroad aficionados and the public alike.

In the Catbird Seat

by Karl Zimmermann — The dream of a lifetime—a cab ride on the world’s largest steam locomotive—comes true.

Nashville’s Music City Star, a Journey of Survival

by Ralcon Wagner — The only commuter-rail operation in the Volunteer State, the Star has become a welcome addition serving downtown Nashville.

Amtrak’s PTC Triple Play

by Al Dicenso — Positive Train Control Amtrak style is explained.

Building the Future: Amtrak’s Acela II Trains

by Mike Schafer — PTJ takes readers on a tour through Alstom’s huge shop facility at Hornell, N.Y., for a look at the next generation of high-speed Acela trains for the Northeast Corridor.

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

by Dale W. Brown — One man’s retrospect on a wonderful trip to Argentina to step back into time riding steam-powered passenger trains.

Rails Around the Northeast

by Joseph M. Calisi — A “new” Penn Station continues to emerge, and other news from New York area.


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

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