Here’s a free piece of advice should you ever find yourself waiting for the first train to roll into a station after a heavy snowfall: Stand as far away from the tracks as possible, assuming you don’t want to get blasted with a massive shitstorm of snow.
This may not surprise anyone, but with the incoming administration looking to implement “dramatic” cuts to federal spending, one budget blueprint calls for for federal subsidies for Amtrak to be slashed. Here’s why that’s a bad idea.
Victims of a deadly Amtrak derailment which killed eight people and injured over 200 more in Philadelphia last year have reached a $265 million settlement with the railroad service.
Your life might be a ceaseless conveyor belt of misery taking you to a much-too-late grave, but there’s at least one thing you should drag your sorry ass to just this one time to get a glimmer of joy just this once: Amtrak’s bubble top train, here on the Adirondack line.
Failed GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s former PR person Amanda Carpenter got trapped in an Amtrak elevator at Baltimore-Washington International Airport this past February. She tweeted at Amtrak saying that she was stuck, pleading for help. Amtrak’s official Twitter account came to the rescue—a mere eight months…
Let’s state the obvious: trains in america are awful. They’re slow, expensive, and not very reliable. And there are a few, largely unsolvable reasons why that’s the case.
An Amtrak train derailed Sunday morning after it struck a backhoe on the tracks near Philadelphia, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more, according to news reports.
Everyone who’s ever traveled to Europe, China, or Japan, comes back freaking about all the trains we don’t have. Amtrak trains are slow, unreliable, and, weirdly enough more expensive. In fact, they’re so bad, Amtrak’s own CEO cries about it. And it’s no one’s fault but our own.
One of the best things about taking Amtrak, America's Rail System That Is Woefully Inadequate Compared To Europe, is that it the trains have free wifi. The downside is that the free wifi is hilariously terrible to the point that it's nearly unusable. But that might change soon!
While Hurricane Sandy raged over the New York metropolitan area, the underground infrastructure of the city began to flood. Now Amtrak is revealing that they could have let Penn Station flood instead of the Hudson River tunnels, using a long-forgotten barrier designed to protect the city during World War II.
The fastest trains in the USA are the Amtrak Acela, which hit a pretty decent 150 MPH. But on July 3rd, 1938, a steam-powered locomotive called the Mallard hit 125.88 MPH in England, and it's still the fastest steam locomotive in the world.
Getting tired of all the Tesla stories? I'm not. Getting away from the sideshow that is Elon Musk v. The NYT there's a much deeper truth about transportation and EVs buried in this story: driving a car from D.C. to Boston is a bad idea for most people. There's a much smarter, cheaper, and faster way to get from D.C.…
America is a car country. We always have been, and we probably always will be. But as much as we all love driving, we have to recognize that there are some downsides to not having a first-rate rail system like Europe or Japan.
Passengers on Amtrak's Cardinal service (Train 51) heading toward Chicago, Illinois from New York have been stranded in West Virginia since approximately 8:00 pm due to last night's storms, Jalopnik can confirm. Amtrak says 232 passengers were on board when downed trees forced them to stop. It'll be another few hours…
Yesterday's "Snunderstorm" (thunderstorm plus snow) is playing havoc with transportation throughout New York City and beyond. LIRR service is down. Amtrak's down. JFK, LaGuardia and Newark are closed. Even a subway train was stalled for hours in Brooklyn. More below.
A train from Baltimore to Philadelphia stalled on the tracks for ten hours last night. With doors locked and electricity waning, passengers cried and fought for emergency rations. A local news reporter happened to be on board, and tweeted it.
After checking out our Ten Worst Train Stations post, I recalled Hate Comics creator and brilliant libertarian ranter Peter Bagge's insightful comic entitled "Amtrak Sucks."
We've always lauded the Honda Fit for its high build-quality. Proof? One took down an Amtrak train in Chelsea, Michigan last night.
One of the biggest complaints people have about taking Amtrak is that they don't have their car when they get where they're going (that and the delays/long trips). Since the 1970's there's been a solution in the form of the Auto Train, which allows passengers to take their cars with them. The train only operates from…
This reminds us of that one episode of CSI where the girl got rear-ended by the guy in the big Ford truck in a bout of road rage and was pushed onto the train tracks, her Cherokee smashed to smithereens by a locomotive. Thankfully, this incident seems to be an accident rather than an act of malice, and everyone made…