About: Bob Johnston

Bob has been writing and photographing passenger rail features and news accounts for Trains Magazine and Trains News Wire since 1991. Co-author of The Art of the Streamliner with Mike Schafer and Joe Welsh, he has ridden virtually every current North American passenger rail route and many pre-Amtrak lines and traveled extensively on rail networks in Europe and Asia to gain a worldwide perspective. Bob retired in 2011 after 32 years as a television commercial time sales team manager in Chicago, providing input on inventory management and pricing advice to maximize revenue on TV stations in over 60 different U.S. cities from Boston to Yakima, Wash. Prior to that, he was a disk jockey and program director at Chicago’s CBS-owned WBBM-FM. Summer jobs in the 1960s included stints as a tour manager escorting travelers in chartered Pullman sleeping cars through western Canada and the Pacific Northwest and passenger agent for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad at Chicago Union Station. An infantry-trained U.S. Army Reservist in the 1970s while at CBS, Bob graduated from Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University and has an MBA in marketing and finance from Columbia University in New York.

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