Extra Board

Welcome to Passenger Train Journal’s Extra Board! Enjoy previews and features from the pages of our magazine.

Orlando Welcomes Brightline

December 13, 2023

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

December 13, 2023

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

December 13, 2023

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

December 13, 2023

Trailblazer: Amtrak Ethan Allen Express

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

Alaska Railroad’s Whittier Shuttle

July 15, 2023

Alaska Railroad’s Whittier Shuttle

A look back at America’s first “auto train” operated by the Alaska Railroad as the Whittier Shuttle.

Black Beauties: Encounters with the KCS Business Train

July 15, 2023

Black Beauties: Encounters with the KCS Business Train

A photographer encounters the Kansas City Southern business train, evoking memories of the old Southern Belle.

The Michigan Timberliner

July 15, 2023

The Michigan Timberliner

Starting in 1947, New York Central operated seasonal service to northern Michigan, bringing vacationers to their favorite resorts until 1962.

Alaska Railroad 2023

July 15, 2023

Alaska Railroad 2023

Much has changed since the driving of that gold spike 100 years ago, but one thing remains the same: the Alaska Railroad still carries passengers and freight between Anchorage and Fairbanks year round.

My New Haven Over the Years

May 1, 2023

My New Haven Over the Years

An American Flyer train set inspired a long-distance love affair with the colorful New Haven Railroad from my home 900 miles west in Chicago.

The Month the New Haven Railroad Died

May 1, 2023

The Month the New Haven Railroad Died

On New Year’s Day 1969, the New Haven became a ward of Penn Central, ad with it came drastic changes to the railroad’s passenger service.