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!

Detroit’s QLine to Resume Service in September

Detroit’s QLine to Resume Service in September

Detroit’s streetcar service was closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic and will operate free for passengers starting September 27.


Amtrak’s Valley Flyer

Amtrak’s Valley Flyer

An underlying goal of Amtrak’s Valley Flyer is to allow residents of Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley to travel to New York and Connecticut and back in one day.


Capital Commuting

Capital Commuting

Over the last 30 years, commuter trains in the nation’s capitol have transitioned from private to public, including MARC and Virginia Rail Express.


Saga of the Boston-Albany Beeliner

Saga of the Boston-Albany Beeliner

While the Budd Rail Diesel Car provided an economy savings for lightly patronized lines, New York Central did everything in their power to discontinue the Boston-to-Albany operation.


Karl Zimmermann: Pulling the Pin

Karl Zimmermann: Pulling the Pin

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.


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