Utah’s FrontRunner Inaugural Report and PHOTOS

By John Dornoff, RailPAC Associate Director/InterMountainRail.org
The Inaugural run of Utah’s new FrontRunner communter rail service took place starting at the historic Ogden train station on Saturday, April 28, 2008.

I was invited to ride this special train, along with dignitaries, guest speakers, and UTA officials. It was cold in Ogden that morning, but it […]

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Coast Rail Coordinating Council Meeting Report

April 25, 2008, San Carlos, CA
Report and Commentary by Russ Jackson
“I cannot make a statement that there will be no train-offs,” said Amtrak’s Jonathan Hutchison in reply to a question from this reporter. “But,” he added, “I cannot say there will be train-offs, either.”

A “train-off” is the discontinuance of an existing train from the […]

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A Purple Surfliner to Indio

The “Coachella Express” from Los Angeles to the weekend all-star outdoor rock Festival in Indio
April 24, 2008
Photo report by Robert Manning, RailPAC Director

The train, led by F59PH locomotive 458 arrives at Indio
A special train called the “Coachella Express” arrived in Indio at 5 PM from Los Angeles carrying several hundred music fans from all over […]

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State of the Association
By Paul Dyson, RailPAC President
Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:

While it’s normal at an Annual meeting of members to hear a number of reports from Officers of the Association, in the interests of putting together an interesting program, and our activities and plans into a single “State of the Association” report. We’ll […]

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California State Rail Museum, Old Sacramento
Reported by Russ Jackson
Photos by the writer except where noted.

Amtrak 6, the eastbound California Zephyr arrived at the Sacramento station at 9:45 on 4/19. The gateway to Old Sacramento and the Rail Museum is at the west end of the platform. (Mike Palmer photo)
What a great gathering of rail […]

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RailPAC Annual Meeting and NARP Region XII Meeting

[ April 19, 2008; 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. ] In The Stanford Room at the California State Rail Museum, Old Sacramento (west of the main museum building)

Confirmed Speakers:

Don Phillips, long time rail writer and special columnist for TRAINS Magazine! (Photo © 2008 TRAINS Magazine. Reprinted with permission of […]

March CA Corridor statistics compared to NEC

Reported by Gene Skoropowski, Managing Director, Capitol Corridor
Americans won’t ride trains? Are you sitting down? If any evidence to the contrary is needed, just use these California statistics. If the “auto capital of the world” is attracting this kind of intercity passenger market, the naysayers for rail investment can indeed be effectively […]

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The Sunset Limited has a future?

SMART: Sunset Marketing and Revitalization Team
Meeting Report, New Orleans, March 29, 2008
PHOTOS and trip report, by Robert Manning, RailPAC Director

SMART is a grass-roots organization formed January 19, 2008 in order to “Save and promote Amtrak’s long distance passenger train the Sunset Limited.” This diverse group, comprised mostly of people from the […]

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Will You Help on National Train Day May 10?

NOTE: Information about the day’s schedule is posted on the Event post.
Dear RailPAC members and friends,
Amtrak is sponsoring National Train Day on May 10. This is a great opportunity to spread the word about RailPAC and the need for more passenger rail service.

There will be events around the state both big and […]

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Now is The Best and Worse of Times

Editorial by Noel T. Braymer
Ridership on Amtrak, commuter and transit trains is growing and reaching all time records. Los Angeles will see the extension of the Gold Line from LAUS out to East Los Angeles by late next year and the start up of the Expo Line to Culver City by 2010.  Metrolink will be […]

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