Passenger Train Journal Fourth Quarter 2021


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From the Rockies to the Red Rocksby Tom Savio — Cruise-train operator Rocky Mountaineer Ltd. adds another run to its U.S. operations, this time in the Colorado Rockies and Utah’s Red Rocks.

NO National Priorityby Craig Sanders — The sad story of Amtrak’s National Limited, a train that made all the sense in the world, but was done in by bad track and a failing host railroad—Penn Central.

An Interview with Chris Jagodzinskiby Mike Schafer — Amtrak’s Assistant Vice President of Operations, this multi-talented man has been with Amtrak for 32 years. Here’s his fascinating story as told to PTJ’s editor.

Three 1971 Passenger Startups at Milepost 50by Bill Anderson — A transportation businessman compares three passenger-carrying new starts in 1971—Amtrak, Auto-Train, and Southwest Airlines— and where they stand today.

Jonesy’s Big Adventure—Part 1by Mark Jones — A fifth-grader in 1974 becomes entranced with his hometown Amtrak train and today is an engineer on Amtrak’s California Zephyr. Here’s the engaging story of his 48-year railroading career.

PTJ’s 50th Anniversary Amtrak Crossword Puzzleby George Fletcher — Believed to be the first-ever crossword puzzle in PTJ.


Capitol Unlimitedby Jim Matthews, NARP President & CEO

Mail, Express and L.C.L.

Intercity • by Kevin McKinney

On the Point • by Mike Schafer

Rush Hourby Kevin McKinney with Marc Glucksman

The Journal • by Kevin McKinney

Window on the World • by Kevin McKinney

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