Extra Board

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

Amtrak’s Valley Flyer

July 3, 2020

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

July 2, 2020

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

April 2, 2020

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

March 31, 2020

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.

Amtrak names William Flynn as new CEO and President

March 2, 2020

Amtrak names William Flynn as new CEO and President

Amtrak announced that it has named William J. Flynn as its next Chief Executive Officer and President. Flynn, a seasoned business leader with four decades of transportation and logistics experience, will begin his role on April 15, 2020.

White River Productions acquires Railpace Newsmagazine

January 28, 2020

White River Productions acquires Railpace Newsmagazine

White River Productions has added Railpace Newsmagazine to the company’s family of publications. The agreement between Railpace, Inc., and WRP was completed Monday, January 20, 2020.

West Palm Beach to Miami on Florida’s Brightline

March 25, 2019

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

March 25, 2019

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

November 28, 2018

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

November 28, 2018

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.