Capitol Lines

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.

Anderson’s Amtrak: A Slow-Moving Disaster

October 21, 2018

Anderson’s Amtrak: A Slow-Moving Disaster

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.

A Brief History of Railroad Regulation and Deregulation

September 17, 2018

A Brief History of Railroad Regulation and Deregulation

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…

Washington a Half-Century Ago

August 22, 2018

Washington a Half-Century Ago

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…

Today’s Railroading: Where to Begin?

July 15, 2018

Today’s Railroading: Where to Begin?

This month we welcome veteran transportation policy columnist Don Phillips to the pages of Railfan & Railroad, continuing the Capitol Lines column crafted for more than 14 years by Wes Vernon.