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Passenger Train Journal Fourth Quarter 2016

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Amtrak’s New Niagara Falls Stationby Devan Lawton — Niagara Falls, N.Y., unveils its brand-new Amtrak station, which shares its location with a Civil War-era Customs House.

Amtrak Chooses Alstom’s Avelia Libertyby Elbert Simon — The next generation of high-speed trainsets that will replace today’s Acela rolling stock will be from Alstom’s catalog.

Amtrak’s 2016 Circle Tour Inspection Trainby Marc Glucksman — Outgoing Amtrak President Joseph Boardman leaves office on a high note with a meet-the-press tour of the Midwest and West.

Anniversariesby Karl R. Zimmermann — A review of national parks and their lodges served by railroads past and present, plus two anniversaries of note for the author.

Springfield Union Stationby Ellis B. Simon — For decades largely moribund, Springfield Union Station is slated to be a phoenix for the downtown of this Massachusetts city.

Union Pacific’s Butte Specialby Thornton Waite — Overshadowed by its more famous sister trains, Union Pacific’s Butte Special provided yeoman service to three prominent Western cities.

Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Expressby Scott Ornstein — This New York City-to-Vermont run celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016.


Capitol Unlimited • by Jim Matthews, NARP President & CEO

LeisureRail • by Ted & Sylvia Blishak

Mail, Express and L.C.L.

North American Intercity • by Karl Zimmerman

On the Point • by Mike Schafer

Rush Hour • by Kevin McKinney with Joseph M. Calisi

The Journal • by George Fletcher

Window on the World • by Kevin McKinney