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A Closer Look: Traveling by Train

July 22, 2015

Amtrak used a variety of means to tell the public about its routes, accommodations and destinations after taking over the majority of the nation's intercity passenger rail services in 1971.


Amtrak Voices: John Milenbaugh

June 30, 2015

Carman John Milenbaugh started at Beech Grove in January 1975 and has worked in the trim shop for more than three decades. He also sits on the labor-management Beech Grove Improvement Committee.


Amtrak Voices: Gary Woods

May 5, 2015

Foreman 3 Gary Woods was hired to work at the Beech Grove maintenance facility by Penn Central in January 1974 - more than a year before Amtrak took over the complex.


Amtrak Voices: Steve Osburn

April 17, 2015

Sheet metal worker Steve Osburn was hired by Penn Central in May 1970 and started at the Beech Grove maintenance facility two years later. Today, he is the longest-serving active Amtrak employee at the shops.


A Closer Look: Surf's Up

March 26, 2015

An old menu’s colorful artwork turns one’s thoughts to the epic California surf spots accessible via the Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner.


Testing the LRCs

March 10, 2015

Leasing Canadian-built LRC trainsets in the early 1980s allowed Amtrak to try out new technologies while determining the direction of its high-speed rail ambitions.


A Closer Look: Lunch is On!

February 24, 2015

Refurbished lunch counter-diner cars offered early passengers "tasty light meals...in a casual, relaxed setting."


Exploring Underground Railroad Heritage Sites

February 2, 2015

A site on Amtrak property near Perryville, Md., was recently accepted into the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom; it complements the previously designated rail line between Philadelphia and Lancaster.


A Closer Look: Philadelphia 30th Street Station

January 27, 2015

Completed in 1933, 30th Street Station is a national transportation landmark and the vital heart of a new vision for its surrounding neighborhood.


Bridges & Tunnels of Amtrak Country

January 13, 2015

Inspired by the new Northeast Corridor website, we dig through the archives for a short visual tour of key bridges and tunnels used by Amtrak trains from coast-to-coast.