Modest Proposals

Just some things we would like to see done, or undone, or just wild thoughts we wake up with. You know, we all want to change the world.

Friends of the Rail Runner

October 18th, 2022 by

Proposing a service for New Mexico regional Rail that’s already part of transit systems just about everywhere else.

Getting the Most Out of Our Tracks

August 9th, 2022 by

May 2012 Background: As you may have heard, the present alignment of the SW Chief is not assured beyond the next couple of years. At risk is the segment that runs from Newton, KS to Lamy, NM (636 track miles). … Continue reading

The Rail Interstate

August 8th, 2022 by

A Case for Public Ownership of our Track Networks

The Yard Bird

August 7th, 2022 by

The Albuquerque Journal published an op ed on December 26, by our JW, related to the redevelopment of the Rail Yards and the role of Rail transit in this process. In said article we propose a modern Rail shuttle between … Continue reading

The Tomorrow Train

July 8th, 2012 by

23 January 2011 ( Another Brain Bomb From Rails Inc ) Written 1994 Revised 2006 Revised 2011   The “Tomorrow Train Railroad” (TTRR) would be a popular service like the Cumbres-Toltec RR, except not much like it at all: 1) … Continue reading

Rocky Mountain Flyer: Filling In The Blanks Out West

March 19th, 2012 by

(Published in Rail magazine # 25, Spring 2010) The Three-Legged Stool After the attacks of September 11, 2001, our entire commercial air fleet was grounded for several days, leaving us almost entirely auto-dependent for our transportation needs, and adding to … Continue reading

Coach Plus

March 19th, 2012 by

Drafted 1993 Revised 2009 Amtrak’s long-distance trains offer several levels of accommodation: basic Coach (a comfortable reclining seat, water, rest rooms) and several levels of Sleeper service.  There is a big price gap between Coach and the most economical Sleeper. … Continue reading

Proposing the Carcatcher

March 1st, 2005 by

The January 2005 commuter rail disaster in Southern California (train hit an SUV, 25 dead) points up a serious passenger rail safety problem; one we think can be greatly reduced without much trouble or cost: To save time and space, … Continue reading