4th Quarter 2023: Orlando welcomed the new Brightline service this past September, building upon a tradition that dates back to Henry Flahgler’s Florida East Coast Railway. Jack Turner takes us on a tour of the new service, and Kevin McKinney looks at the process that led to opening day. Gene Harmon recalls the later days of Rock Island service to Peoria, while our Trailblazers take a ride on the extended Amtrak Ethan Allen Express to Burlington, Vermont. All this and more in the 4th Quarter 2023 issue of Passenger Train Journal!

Metra to Purchase Battery-Powered Trainsets for Rock Island Line

Metra to Purchase Battery-Powered Trainsets for Rock Island Line

The new trainsets built by Stadler will be used on the Rock Island Line’s Beverly Branch between LaSalle St. and Blue Island.


Orlando Welcomes Brightline

Orlando Welcomes Brightline

The new Brightline expansion to Orlando Airport opened on September 22, 2023, ushering in a new era for passenger rail in Florida.


Mexico’s Tren Maya

Mexico’s Tren Maya

Mexico’s Tren Maya project is opening years ahead of schedule, and its hoped to bolster tourism throughout the region.


War, Rockets, and The Morning Dew

War, Rockets, and The Morning Dew

Amid Vietnam protests at school, a trip on the Rock Island from Chicago to Peoria was a welcome diversion in the spring of 1970.


Trailblazer: Amtrak Ethan Allen Express

Trailblazer: Amtrak Ethan Allen Express

A round trip on Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express, recently extended from Rutland north to Burlington, Vermont.


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