Author: Russ Jackson

  • More on the Amtrak Long Distance trains performance vs. the NEC

    Commentary by Andrew Selden, President, United Rail Passenger Alliance Amtrak recently told a U.S. Senator in writing (from an Amtrak senior executive officer) that elimination of all of the long distance trains (after transition costs) would increase its need for annual federal subsidy, because the same costs would continue to exist but be spread over […]

  • RailPAC trip report PHOTOS for Christmas (2014)

    This is a SPECIAL 10 PHOTO EDITION. All the photos (except one) are from Russ Jackson on his family’s Fall trip across the country. To see these photos larger, click on the photo. To read the full trip report, see “Trip Report on the Texas Eagle and other trains: How was it?” that was posted […]

  • RailPAC rail PHOTOS of the month (November, 2014)

    Here are this month’s photos by RailPAC photographers! Click on each photo to see it full size! 8 PHOTOS THIS MONTH. LOOK FOR A SPECIAL WINTER EDITION SOON! Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to Russ Jackson, RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@xg1.b3e.myftpupload.com. 1. This is Donner Lake at 7000 ft […]

  • Trip Report on the Texas Eagle and other trains: How was it?

    Commentary by Russ Jackson Opinions expressed in this report are the author’s, and not necessarily those of the RailPAC Board This writer and spouse recently completed a November Amtrak circle trip, starting and ending with the Texas Eagle, which covered much of the western United States. For reporting purposes, the information below primarily covers the […]

  • Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (FY 2014 and October, 2014)

    From DAVID B. KUTROSKY, Managing Director Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority clic on images to see them larger Service Performance Overview FY2014 Projected Results The Capitol Corridor finished the FY 2014 on a high note. In September 2014, a total of 119,034 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains, an impressive increase of 7.6% compared to September […]

  • Long Distance, State-Supported, and the NEC…now what?

    Commentary by Russ Jackson Comments are those of the writer, not necessarily those of the RailPAC Board. The three categories in the title of this writing are all tied to Amtrak in one way or another. Amtrak, as we know, is the “National Rail Passenger Corporation,” and is the purveyor of intercity passenger rail transportation. […]

  • RailPAC rail PHOTOS of the month (October, 2014)

    Here are this month’s photos by RailPAC photographers! Click on each photo to see it full size! Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to Russ Jackson, RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@xg1.b3e.myftpupload.com. 1. (of 5) This was the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Caltrain Baby Bullet trains, which was […]

  • Amtrak’s largest, most effective, and least subsidized services, the long distance trains and how to save them

    Commentary and a trip report by Andrew C. Selden NOTE: Mr. Selden is President of MinnARP, and is the newly elected President of URPA. He will be a speaker at the RailPAC November 15, 2014 Conference in Sacramento. The challenge of operating passenger trains, and in particular the higher revenue long distance trains (Amtrak’s largest, […]

  • HISTORY OF AMTRAK and what has happened since 1971

    Commentary by Anthony Haswell, Vice President, Arizona Rail Passenger Association prepared for National Train Day, May 10, 2014, in Tucson, Arizona NOTE: Mr. Haswell is the founding father of NARP. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. The first job of any historian is to determine when a historical event began. Since Amtrak was created to deal […]

  • Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (September, 2014)

    Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority Service Performance Overview The Capitol Corridor ended FY 2014 with a bang. In September 2014, a total of 119,034 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains, an impressive increase of 7.6% compared to September 2013, which also marks the sixth consecutive month of ridership increases […]