Passenger Train Journal First Quarter 2020


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Bennett Levin’s Visit to Pennsylvania Legislatorsby Kevin McKinney — Influential Pennsylvania businessman Bennett Levin speaks to the Commonwealth’s House Transportation Committee about taking over Amtrak and SEPTA operations west of Philadelphia.

Pulling the Pinby Karl Zimmermann — Author Karl Zimmermann reminisces about his long-time career in the travel industry, especially involving rail travel and PTJ as he pens his final North American Intercity column.

Acela Nonstops: Are They Here to Stay?by Bruce Goldberg — Once again, Amtrak introduces nonstop service between New York and Washington and why it just might work this time.

Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroadby Elbert Simon and Mike Schafer — This modest carrier serving only Illinois and Indiana played a major role in Midwest–Southeast rail travel but also offered an interesting if unremarked regional passenger operation.

Saga of the Boston–Albany Beelinerby Walter Zullig — New York Central/Penn Central tried to keep this operation under wraps.

Trail Blazer: Riding the Old Lackawannaby Steve Ferrell — How a group of rail-riding friends rode nearly all of New Jersey Transit’s former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western trackage in one day.


Capitol Unlimited • by Jim Matthews, NARP President & CEO

Mail, Express and L.C.L.

North American Intercity • by Karl Zimmerman

On the Point • by Mike Schafer

Rail Users Network • by Richard Rudolph, Ph.D, Chairman, Rail User’s Network

Rush Hour • by Kevin McKinney with Joseph M. Calisi

The Journal • by George Fletcher

Window on the World • by Kevin McKinney

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