Passenger Train Journal

Passenger Train Journal (PTJ) is an American magazine about passenger rail transport and rail transit past and present, oriented for railfans and published currently by White River Productions. Founded in 1968, it was published continuously until 1996,[1] and monthly from 1979 onward, but then ceased publication. After a 10-year absence, it was restarted in 2006 with a different publishing company,[1] as a quarterly magazine.[2] PTJ deals exclusively with passenger rail, not freight. Although focused on North America, each issue includes at least a small amount of content on overseasusually Europeanpassenger rail. The magazine is headquartered in Lee, Illinois.[3]

Passenger Train Journal
Editor Mike Schafer
Former editorsCarl Swanson, Mike Schafer, Kevin P. Keefe
CategoriesPassenger rail transport
FrequencyQuarterly (2006–); monthly 1979–96
PublisherKevin EuDaly
First issueSpring 1968
Company1968–87: PTJ Publishing Co.[1]
1987–93: Interurban Press[1]
1993–96: Pentrex
2006 to date: White River Productions, Inc.
CountryUnited States
Based inLee, Illinois


Passenger Train Journal was founded in 1968 by Kevin McKinney,[1][4] who established the PTJ Publishing Company for the purpose. The magazine originally was issued quarterly, becoming bimonthly in fall 1975 and monthly starting in March 1979. McKinney remained its publisher and owner until selling the magazine to Interurban Press in 1987.[1][4] Publication continued under Interurban Press, and as of 1992 PTJ's circulation was about 10,000.[5] In 1993, Interurban Press was acquired by Pentrex,[6] which continued publishing PTJ until abruptly "suspending"[4] publication at the end of 1996. Pentrex never revived the magazine, and indeed in 1999 ceased publishing all of its other magazines as well.[7]

White River Productions era

In 2006, Passenger Train Journal was resurrected by Kevin EuDaly of White River Productions, as a quarterly magazine.[4] Appointed to the position of Editor was Mike Schafer, who had been one of the magazine's past editors, from 1983 until 1990.[2] The first issue published by White River Productions was No. 229, Fourth Quarter 2006. Currently, each issue has 48 pages.

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  1. Lester, David C. (ed.) (Winter 2007). "Passenger Train Journal Resumes Publication" (PDF). Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Newsletter. Sacramento, CA: Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. 27 (1): 12. Retrieved 2015-06-01.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. "White River Productions takes Passenger Train Journal magazine out of retirement" (PDF). White River Productions (Press release). June 1, 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 17, 2011. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  3. "Contact Us". Passenger Train Journal. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  4. McKinney, Kevin. "On the Point", p. 2. Passenger Train Journal, issue 229 (4th Quarter, 2006). White River Productions.
  5. Klein, Karen E. (April 26, 1992). "Flood Brings a Deluge of Book Orders". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
  6. Ryll, Thomas (November 29, 1994). "Felida man tracks light rail" (profile of retired Interurban Press owner Mac Sebree). The Columbian, p. A3.
  7. Magazine Subscriber Information (2000). Pentrex. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
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