Amtrak service declines as it becomes an airline on rails

Amtrak service is becoming more airline-like with a former airline executive in charge, For six months, Amtrak — the nation’s quasi-governmental de-facto monopoly rail passenger carrier — has been led by former Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson. Perhaps not...

Riding “The Canadian” across Canada

The Canadian holds a sacred spot in Canada’s travel world The Canadian, operated between Toronto and Vancouver by VIA Rail Canada, is a government-owned corporation that is akin to the US’s Amtrak. Although Canada has invested even less in passenger train...

British railway system travel tips — Part 2

Using the British railway system — Part 2 The first part of Malcolm Kenton’s outline of using the British railway system explained differences between the US and UK railway systems. He explained BritRail Pass, apps to help navigate the UK system, and the makeup...

British train system travel tips

Navigating the British train system I recently returned from my first visit to the United Kingdom. While there was a lot I wanted to see and do, I knew I wouldn’t get to all of it within 11 days, and I’ve made an extensive list of things to do on future trips — the...

On-time trains: a complex but solvable challenge

On-time trains need cooperation with other types of trains using tracks across America. The ongoing inability of Amtrak to run on-time trains is indicative of a broader struggle between public and private interests, and of the different standards to which railroads...