Amtrak wall calendar, 1989.
Multicolor printed paper wall calendar produced by Amtrak to promote its services. Annual calendar measures 23.5" x 33.5" and includes artwork by American artist Gil Reid.
- Calendar Details
- Date Archived:
- January 14, 2014
- Data Format:
- Empire Builder
- Date Created:
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Since 1974, Amtrak has been involved with the publication of an annual wall calendar that generally features a name train, new equipment or important pieces of rail infrastructure—and sometimes all three. The upper third of the calendar has featured artwork by noted railroad artists such as Gil Reid, Ted Rose and J. Craig Thorpe in mediums including watercolor, oil-on-canvas and photography.
The snow-clad Rocky Mountains are passengers’ entertainment as the Empire Builder (Chicago-Seattle) passes near Montana’s famed Glacier National Park. Various stations serve the area, including West Glacier, East Glacier and Browning; the latter two are seasonal stops. The Great Northern Railway, founded in 1889, built the line across northern Montana as part of its route between St. Paul, Minn. and Seattle. The company actively promoted travel to Glacier and constructed lodges and other infrastructure to accommodate travelers and foster tourism.
The Empire Builder was the first train to feature full Superliner service, with inaugural trains making their debut at the end of October 1979. Earlier in the month, promotional trains with Superliner Coaches, a Dining car and a Sleeping car had covered the entire route, stopping at each Amtrak-served community to show off the new face of long-distance train travel.
Artist: Gil Reid (American, 1918-2007), for Amtrak.