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!

Current Issue

Vol. 47, No. 4 (2023-4)
Issue No. 297


Orlando Welcomes Brightline

by Jack M. Turner — Florida’s higher-speed alternative to flying and driving expands.

Brightline: From Idea to Reality

by Kevin Mckinney — The people and plans that maintain Brightline’s momentum.

War, Rockets, and the Morning Dew

by Gene Harmon — Rock Island recollections from 1970.

Trailblazer: Ethan Allen Express

by Scott Ornstein and Kent Patterson — A round-trip from New York City to Burlington, VT.

Commuter Rail vs. Hi-Tech

by Bill Anderson — Technology is the Great Disrupter.

The Amtrak Diaries, Part 9

by Mark W. Jones — Jonesy’s big adventure continues.


On the Point/Editorial by Kevin J. Holland

The Journal/News compiled by Kevin McKinney

North American Intercity/Kevin McKinney

Window on the World/Kevin McKinney

Rail Users’ Network/Richard Rudolph, PhD, Rail Users’ Network

Capitol Unlimited/Jim Mathews, Rail Passengers Association

Rush Hour/Kevin McKinney and Scott Ornstein

Transport Action Canada/Terence Johnson, Transport Action Canada

Mail, Express, and L.C.L./letters from our readers

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