Don Phillips is a veteran newspaper reporter and a magazine columnist writing about railroads and transportation policy for more than 40 years. He shares his insight with our readers each month in the pages of Railfan & Railroad.
May 28, 2019
Let me stress quickly that this isn’t a column about aviation, but it is a column about aviation safety as it relates to railroads. There are huge differences in attitudes about safety between the two modes, but there are also some ways in which attitudes are almost exactly the same.
May 1, 2019
When Southern Railway and Norfolk & Western merged, Norfolk was considered neutral territory for a new headquarters. Now that Norfolk Southern has been a reality for more than 30 years, it’s time to move to Atlanta.
March 24, 2019
Morgan wrote with such grace that he created a whole generation of prolific railfan writers. Ask anyone now at his old magazine; they believe it would have gone out of business decades ago without Morgan’s talent.
February 13, 2019
The annual RailTrends conference in New York City is the top railroad industry get-together of the year, and the 2018 version was excellent.
January 18, 2019
George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the U.S., rode the last 70 miles of the final journey to his grave by train. But was he a railfan?
December 20, 2018
From time to time, I look back to my younger days and ponder how lucky I was to be born when I was. For one thing, I was just in time for the last of major Class I steam operations in this country…
November 20, 2018
Gordon Fuller made an impact on the railroad industry, while John Gruber made important contributions to the world of railroad photography and research.
October 21, 2018
Richard Anderson, the current president of Amtrak, is a disaster. He should be removed from his position as rapidly as possible, and then we must be careful to assure that his replacement isn’t as bad as he is.
September 17, 2018
In the course of a little over a hundred years, we’ve gone from the advent of significant regulation and outright government ownership, to a largely deregulated and economically robust railroad system…
August 22, 2018
While we await the return of Don Phillips, it occurred to me that it might be useful to take a look back at Washington, D.C., from a railroad (and railfan) perspective, just before the era of Penn Central…