1st QUARTER 2019: Walt Zullig recalls the development of one of America’s first true “corridor” services with an exploration of New York State’s Empire Service, while Richard Rudolph examines expanded state-funded Amtrak service in Virginia. Also in this issue, Railfan & Railroad associate editor Otto Vondrak takes us along for a ride on Virgin Trains USA’s Brightline service in Florida. All this and more in the 1st Quarter 2019 issue of Passenger Train Journal!

West Palm Beach to Miami on Florida’s Brightline

West Palm Beach to Miami on Florida’s Brightline

Florida’s Brightline introduced one of the first privately funded, higher-speed intercity passenger services in America. Ride along for a luxury round trip between West Palm Beach and Miami.


From Empire Corridor to Empire Service

From Empire Corridor to Empire Service

On the eve of merger, New York Central launched a program focusing on improved daytime travel across New York State, which would eventually become Amtrak’s Empire Service.


North Carolina’s Successful Alternative Approach to Rail

North Carolina’s Successful Alternative Approach to Rail

It may not be as well-known as other state-sponsored rail programs, but North Carolina’s approach to rail is one of the most innovative and unique in the country.


All Aboard PTJ’s White River Rocket

All Aboard PTJ’s White River Rocket

Friends and colleagues gathered in Chicago at the end of September for our special event. The White River Rocket was the first-ever chartered train on Metra, operated for White River Productions to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Passenger Train Journal.


Amtrak’s Next President?

Amtrak’s Next President?

My guess is that if he rises to the top, Stephen Gardner will reverse all the bad things CEO Richard Anderson has done to Amtrak in the last few years.


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