The theory is that a second train would provide more reliability on a route that has absolutely none right now. Don’t get your hopes up. Read more →
You’re on the Amtrak train that careens off the tracks in Philadelphia. People are hurt. You don’t know the extent to the existing danger. What do you do?
If you’re former congressman Patrick Murphy, you pull out the smartphone and start tweeting. Read more →
Amtrak couldn’t have hoped for a more sanitized depiction of riding the beleaguered Empire Builder than they got this morning from CBS News as a result of its invitation to give a free ride to two dozen writers in exchange for their prose. Read more →
Crude rules the rails right now. Oil deliveries are trumping food right now, so forget Amtrak passengers. Read more →
Farmers can breathe easier. The fertilizer shortage is over. The Associated Press reports that BNSF has now cleared all the backlog of delayed fertilizer shipments as commodities vie for railroad access. The Surface Transportation Board last month ordered BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway to submit the plans to ensure fertilizer was available for spring planting. Read more →
Railroad buffs, a few reporters, and a couple of officials far outnumbered people getting on or off the Empire Builder train on its return to St. Paul’s Union Depot. Read more →
Today is a big day at Union Depot where Amtrak will make its first passenger stop there since the time when it was actually a dependable mode of transportation.
The only thing missing was a train, but there’s no way to adequately plan such a thing. Read more →