Turboliner postcard, early 1970s.
Color paper postcard featuring a Turboliner train set. This card is one of a set produced by Amtrak with various images of trains and interiors.
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- May 16, 2013
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The Turboliner trainsets were based on the French ANF gas-turbine T 2000 RTG "Turbotrain" trainsets. Capable of reaching speeds up to 125 mph, they were initially introduced on the Chicago-St. Louis route in late 1973. Over the next few years, they spread to other routes emanating from the Chicago hub; a later version known as the RTL Turboliner was placed in service in upstate New York. A Turboliner advertisement in the national timetable issued on October 28, 1973 stated, "You glide down the track so smoothly you can scarcely feel the rails...[while] interiors feature French styling in simple sunny colors."
Postcards were often sold on board trains and in stations, or provided as a complimentary gift to sleeping car passengers.
From the Ann Owens Collection.