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How the Heatland Flyer Connects to the USA

Monday, September 18, 2017

How the Heartland Flyer Connects to the USA

Written by Gary Lanman

Stillwater - About a year ago Amtrak instituted a bus link to connect the Southwest Chief train in Newton, Kansas with Wichita and Oklahoma City.  This service was started to improve the ridership of both the Southwest Chief and the Heartland Flyer and also to...

New Charger Locomotives for the Midwest

Monday, September 11, 2017

Posted by Gary Lanman

Siemens Charger Units Unveiled with Amtrak Midwest Logo

CHICAGO – New locomotives are now serving Amtrak customers in Illinois and Wisconsin, with the U.S.-built, Midwest-powered, Amtrak-maintained units slated to operate on state-sponsored services in the region. These Siemens Charger locomotives will please...

China opened 1400 mile bullet train in 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Posted by Gary Lanman

The world’s longest bullet train is now (2017) open for business in China to take passengers from Shanghai to Kunming.  That is covering 5 provinces which is over 1400 miles in 10.5 hours.  There goes the argument that we can’t build high-speed trains in the us because of the long distances compared to Europe.  The...

Heartland Flyer to Ft Worth

Monday, December 12, 2016

Written by Gary Lanman

On Friday, December 9, 2016, my wife, Pam, and friends Joann and Lonnie took the Heartland Flyer to Ft Worth, Texas to get our train riding on and to visit Cowtown.  We had to get up really early because it is over 60 miles to the station in Oklahoma City.  They got to our house early, so we made it to the station...

Oklahoma's Lack of Budget Planning puts the Heartland Flyer in Jeopardy

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Posted by Gary Lanman

Though they have no trouble wasting money elsewhere and handing out subsidies to cronies in the energy industry, Oklahoma lawmakers share a zeal to get rid of passenger rail service once and for all.

With the state's budget foundering, all subsidies should be scrutinized. But since the Heartland Flyer started...