Meet the PTJ Staff
Kevin Hollands’s first Passenger Train Journal byline appeared in 1988, and he has been a member of the editorial and production staff since the magazine was revived in 2006. After more than a decade in corporate communications management, Kevin established his own full-time publishing studio in 1996.
Since then, he has worked independently with organizations throughout North America, providing editorial, design, research, and production services for books, magazines, and special projects. He has written numerous articles and more than 20 books, and co-authored a dozen more, on aspects of railroad history, technology, and architecture. He lives near Toronto, Ontario.
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FOUNDER AND CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
When he was in his second year at Michigan State University, Kevin McKinney started the original Passenger Train Journal in 1968. In an age long before the Internet provided daily news and instant communication, his objective was to bring together people who felt passenger trains were worth saving, share news and promote the effort to preserve and expand the dwindling rail passenger network in North America.
A meeting with Tony Haswell, who had founded the National Association of Railroad Passengers the year before in 1967, led to Tony promoting the new PTJ to his growing NARP membership. Subscriptions poured in, and the rest, as they say, is history. Kevin created PTJ Publishing and over the next two decades expanded PTJ from quarterly to bi-monthly to monthly.
Kevin eventually sold PTJ in order to concentrate on running a Michigan short line railroad that he and two partners purchased from the Chessie System. His railroad career started as a ticket agent and station agent while at Michigan State and after graduation included being part of the team that created Amtrak and then part of Amtrak’s initial management. Over four decades later he is still in the railroad business, running a refrigerated rail car operation, in addition to his duties as Contributing Editor for the new Passenger Train Journal.