2nd QUARTER 2021: Climb aboard for a journey back to the final months of privately operated U.S. passenger trains leading up to the start of Amtrak on May 1, 1971. As this view of Baltimore & Ohio’s Capitol Limited departing Chicago a week before Amtrak startup day illustrates, you’ll “ride” on several pre-Amtrak trains while also enjoying an insiders’ look at how the new Amtrak was being structured, including how routes were selected as well as how new trains were added to the Amtrak system during the new carrier’s first year. Also in this issue, author Jeff Hirsh concludes his detailed, three-part feature on Cincinnati’s passenger trains. All this and more in the 2021-2 issue of Passenger Train Journal!
I’m not old enough to have experienced the era of link-and-pin coupling. Still, I know that the term “pulling the pin” is railroaders’ slang for “retiring,” which is what I’m doing from the “North American Intercity” column, though not from the magazine, at least not entirely.