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Back on the Texas Eagle/Sunset Limited Again, on the new Schedule

Trip Report with PHOTOS by Russ Jackson
This time we took a winter trip, in January 2019, and fortunately our Amtrak journey was scheduled before the timetable was changed because the Union Pacific would be doing a project between San Antonio and El Paso, Texas, that would last for two months on that single track segment .  1,947 more words


What Amtrak's National System Needs Now

By Noel T. Braymer

Simple changes that improve rail passenger services can have major impacts on ridership and revenues. Yet most of what we see and hear is a philosophy at Amtrak that they can starve themselves to success by cutting service. 1,071 more words


It's The Turboliner Era All Over Again

I posted earlier this month about how the promised “high speeds” on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor have yet to materialize despite $1.95 million having been spent to rebuild the route to allow for 110-mile per hour operation. 728 more words


Happy New Year, Amtrak, here are some Trip Reports

Commentary by Russ Jackson

Here we go again, this time into the new year 2019.  Amtrak is still here and the long distance trains are still running, but the uncertainty of what might happen in this new year remains of concern to not only readers of this report but to all who have been riders of Amtrak’s “national system” and want to continue to do so.  1,201 more words


Track Work to Affect Lincoln Service, Texas Eagle

Track work being performed on May 4 by Union Pacific will affect certain Lincoln Service trains and the Texas Eagle between Chicago and St. Louis. 192 more words


Amber Waves of Grain, Purple Mountain Majesties

“It’s like a sea day on a cruise ship.”

This was how I described my first Amtrak adventure – 48 hours on the Empire Builder from Seattle to Chicago. 385 more words