Entries Tagged as ‘Passenger Rail’

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 9:29 am

WiFi Available on VIA’s Corridor Trains

VIA Rail has announced that its wireless Internet service is available on most trains and stations in the Windsor-Quebec City corridor, in all classes. It’s not free, though; there are per-minute, daily and monthly billing options. Internet access on its long-distance trains is made problematic by the fact that the trains — the Canadian and […]

Monday, November 27, 2006 at 3:03 pm

GNER Franchise Cancelled

In the wake of GNER‘s filing for bankruptcy last month, the British government has agreed to tear up the £1.3-billion franchise agreement under which GNER operated trains from London to Edinburgh and in northeastern England. GNER, which admits overbidding for the franchise, will continue to operate trains in the meantime — for up to two […]

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 5:38 pm

VIA News: Snow Train, Preference Points

VIA Rail has added a special “snow train” between Edmonton and Jasper. It will run in addition to the thrice-weekly Canadian, as trains #7 and 8 on Fridays and Sundays, which gives Edmontonians a Jasper-for-the-weekend-by-train option that I would frankly have loved when I was living there. But it’s winter-only, especially because it will use […]

Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 9:39 pm

Germany to Privatize Rail Network

The German government will partially privatize Deutsche Bahn, the state railway company. In a compromise reached this week between the Social Democratic (SPD) and Christian Democratic (CDU) parties, who share power under a coalition, 49 per cent of DB will be offered as public shares, in stages, beginning in 2008 or 2009. The CDU had […]

Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 8:54 pm

Amtrak Blogs, For and Against

Just came across two blogs about Amtrak. Both are written by passenger rail advocates, neither of whom is happy with the situation at the moment. But while Dan Zukowski’s Amtrak blog takes a pro-Amtrak position (recent posts assail freight railroads for failing to move Amtrak trains in a timely manner), Joseph Vranich’s blog, Replacing Amtrak, […]

Monday, November 6, 2006 at 5:23 pm

Railfanning Blogs

A year ago I wrote about three railfanning blogs. What are they up to now? While the Australian Railway Blog still hasn’t posted anything since March 2005, Dogcaught, which focuses on the Pacific Northwest, is still going strong, and posting some sharp (and big!) pictures. TrainBlog covers a lot of news about passenger rail; railfan […]

Monday, November 6, 2006 at 11:22 am

British Rail Franchising Questioned

In the 1990s the British government privatized British Rail, replacing it with a franchise system, whereby private companies would bid for the right to offer rail services, paying the government a fee for the right to do so. Controversial at the time, and it remains so (at one point the safety record of the companies […]

Friday, November 3, 2006 at 11:57 am

USA Today on High-Speed Rail

USA Today has a story about the new, higher-speed passenger trains on the upgraded, electrified line between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, and segues into the general lack of success faced by high-speed rail proposals in the U.S. since the federal government began designating high-speed rail corridors in the 1990s.

Friday, November 3, 2006 at 11:53 am


The National Association of Railroad Passengers, the lobby group for passenger rail service, has a blog.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 6:03 pm

Video: Princeton Junction, New Jersey

Princeton Junction, New Jersey is apparently a good station to watch Amtrak trains blast past at high speed, at least if Google Video submissions are any indication. See also this video clip of an Acela and this video clip of an Acela Regional (pulled by an HHP-8).