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Amtrak wall calendar, 1987.

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.

Amtrak wall calendar, 1987.

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.

Between Ventura and Lompoc, the Coast Starlight hugs the stunning California coast, providing views of gentle hills and the Pacific. It also passes numerous state parks and nature reserves that attract a variety of animals, particularly migrating birds. In this image, diesel-electric F40PHR locomotives No. 400 and No. 399, along with the Superliner cars, wear the patriotic Phase III paint scheme introduced in 1979.

In 1876, the Southern Pacific Railroad opened a tunnel through the Newhall Pass northwest of Los Angeles at San Fernando. Ten years later, the railroad decided to construct a spur from the Newhall Pass to San Buenaventura and then up the coast to Santa Barbara, Goleta and beyond. The “Coast Line” would not reach its intended destination of San Francisco until 1901.

Artist: Gil Reid (American, 1918-2007) for Amtrak.

From the W. Mike Weber Collection.