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!

Current Issue

Vol. 45, No. 2 (2021-2)
Issue No. 287


Amtrak’s Vision for 2035

by Kevin McKinney — On the eve of Amtrak’s 50th anniversary, the carrier announces its bold plan for growth and prosperity.

Intercity: Amtrak Before and After its Creation

by Kevin McKinneyPTJ founder Kevin McKinney provides insight on what it was like to be part of Amtrak’s structuring.

Passenger Trains of Cincinnati–Part 3

by Jeff Hirsh — What happened after Amtrak arrived on May 1, 1971? It left Cincinnati Union Terminal, CUT was repurposed and renovated, and then Amtrak returned!

A Fan of the Railroads in the Administrative State

by Bill Anderson — What was it like to enter the railroading industry at a time of turmoil involving Penn Central, the forthcoming Amtrak, and other aspects of the railroad industry in flux?

Countdown to Amtrak

by Mike Schafer — The frenzy prior to the implementation of Amtrak on May 1, 1971, with a last circle trip a week before Amtrak startup, plus some scenes of the last pre-Amtrak trains to depart (and arrive) their terminals on the weekend of May 1, 1971.

Rail Users’ Network

by Richard Rudolph — With the high success of Amtrak’s Downeaster service in the Boston–Portland corridor, is it time to extend to other Maine destinations, such as Bangor?


On The Point/Editorial by Mike Schafer

The Journal/Compiled by Kevin McKinney

North American Intercity/Kevin McKinney

Capitol Unlimited/by Jim Matthews, NARP President and CEO

Window on the World/Kevin McKinney

LeisureRail/Ted and Sylvia Blishak

Rush Hour/Kevin McKinney

Capitol Unlimited/Jim Matthews

Rail User’s Network/Richard Rudolph

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