Amtrak is riding a wave of record ridership to highlight its reducing dependence on federal subsidies to support operations. Last week, the passenger railroad paused to highlight that ticket sales and other revenue support 88 percent of its operational costs. Federal tax revenues supported “just 12 percent of Amtrak’s operating costs,” the railroad noted. For [...]
As Amtrak looks to upgrade its operations in the Northeast Corridor, the railroad made it clear public money will be needed to jump start the project. In testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure earlier this month, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman said revenues of $1 billion or more annually from [...]
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KENNESAW, Ga. — Dozens of trains roar through town every day. They speed past the historic 1908 train depot in the heart of town A few feet away from the tracks, idly sits a 155-year-old steam locomotive that pulled into town a rainy Saturday morning nearly 150 years ago. It was the one-year anniversary of [...]
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than a dozen times on weekends throughout the year, a long string of vintage passenger coaches whisk passengers away from the bustle of Music City and into the rural Middle Tennessee landscape. The coaches, all of which served for decades on various railroads throughout the country before their retirement from daily [...]
Photos by Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO — There may be no greater symbol of San Francisco than the cable car. The Fog City’s steep hills necessitated the development of a transportation that could effectively carry residents across the city’s steep terrain. So, in the 1870s, Andrew Smith Hallidie developed a transportation [...]
ATLANTA — I was going to start my treatise on railfanning with a whimsical anecdote, but they all pretty much sound the same. Case in point: I was driving down [insert road name here] when I caught a glimpse of [insert train description here]. I pulled out my camera and high-tailed — make that drove [...]
By Todd DeFeo CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – When the money ran out on the Memphis, Clarksville & Louisville Railroad, employees refused to work and a nearly two-week strike began on Feb. 6, 1868. The Memphis, Clarksville & Louisville Railroad was chartered on Jan. 28, 1852, and ran from Paris, Tenn., to Guthrie, Ky. The road connected [...]