2nd QUARTER 2017: Kent Patterson climbs aboard the exciting new privately-built Brightline passenger service set to debut between Miami and West Palm Beach this summer. Retired Amtrak manager Ira Silverman recounts his long career starting with the earliest days of the national carrier. We take a swing through the Midwest to visit Indianpolis and ride the last Hoosier Sate trains operated by Iowa Pacific and review progress on Milwaukee’s first new streetcar line in fifty years. Take a tour of passenger services in the American West in a special photo section titled “How the West Was Won.” All this and more in the 2nd Quarter 2017 issue of Passenger Train Journal!

Current Issue

Vol. 41, No. 2 (2017-2), Issue No. 271


Hell Gate Hits 100

by Joseph M. Calisi — This landmark bridge that dominates the East Side Manhattan skyline opened up a through rail passenger route to New England in 1917.

Intercity: Goodbye, Old Friend

by Karl Zimmermann — Mourning the loss of Amtrak’s national timetable.

My Life at Amtrak

by Ira Silverman — Amtrak (and a little bit of Illinois Central) from the inside over the years as told by retired Amtrak manager Ira Silverman.

Countdown to Brightline

by Kent Patterson — This new privately built and operated intercity rail passenger system is set to revolutionize regional rail travel in the U.S.

Australia’s Sunlander

by Rick Morgan — A ride aboard one of Australia’s most cherished long-distance trains before it was downgraded.

Hoosier Holiday: Let’s Go to Indianapolis

by Mike Schafer with Bruce Stahl — The downtown of Indiana’s state capital has been reborn. Take the train to Indy and enjoy the city’s down-home flavor.

Streetcars to Return to Milwaukee

by Otto P. Dobnick — This city’s downtown, once vibrant and alive thanks to an amazingly comprehensive rail transit system that was killed in the 1950s, will soon again witness the rise of the streetcar.

Chasing Spring on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight

by Ted & Sylvia Blishak — How our traveling duo beat the winter doldrums by heading south on Amtrak’s most highly regarded train.

On the Property: How The West Was Won

A special photo gallery of passenger trains in the American West.


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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