Amtrak’s Empire Builder long distance route between Chicago on the east end and twin western terminals of Seattle and Portland (one of the very rare trains Amtrak actually breaks into two sections at one end) was delayed over the weekend (July 27-28-29, 2012) due to various acts of God from inclement weather and other reasons along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway route. Some departures ran hours late.
Here in a warm, sunny suburb of Jacksonville, Florida, a Clay County jury found CSX negligent in the death of a local high school football hero who was trespassing on private property and fishing off of a CSX mainline train trestle.
Many have wondered during the stifling heat of summer where This Week at Amtrak and The Business & Politics of Passenger Rail have gone to.
Union Pacific Railroad, the giant in the west of the United States is letting everyone know it is celebrating its 150th birthday.
Amtrak has unveiled it’s latest wish list, which includes a $7 billion upgrade to Washington Union Station to handle expected increased demand for its new and hoped for multi-billion dollar Northeast Corridor high-speed rail plan.
The subject of Mister (Fred) Rogers came up recently and I was reminded of a lesson I learned from him long ago: Treat the person in front of you, whether they are ten times your age or one-tenth your age, as a real person, just like you. Never treat anyone “as a child.”
VIA Rail Canada is often a great ride, with superb service and, in a vast and fascinating country, has unmatched scenery.
A vacationing Florida Family in June 2012 received an unexpected and unwelcome extra ride on Amtrak’s Empire Service.
By J. Bruce Richardson
To no one’s surprise who is an Amtrak-watcher, Amtrak is experiencing many late trains this summer, from long distance routes to corridors.