Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools
Search the Archives
Browse the Archives

Route Name

Follow Amtrak Online
Home > Archives > Boarding the Northeast Regional in Boston, 2016.

Boarding the Northeast Regional in Boston, 2016.

Color digital image showing customers boarding a southbound Northeast Regional (Boston-New York-Washington) train at Boston South Station; image dates to December 14, 2016.

Boarding the <i>Northeast Regional</i> in Boston, 2016.

Northeast Regional trains, which extend south to points in Virginia, are at the core of Amtrak service in the greater Northeast. In fiscal year 2016, the service carried more than 8.4 million customers, making it the most used across the Amtrak national system. Northeast Regional trains generally employ Amfleet I coaches and cafe cars first introduced in 1975. They are noted for their tubular bodies and ridged stainless steel fluting.

The trains are pulled by Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) electric locomotives that began entering revenue service in Feb. 2014. Designed to run at speeds up to 125 mph, the dual-cab ACS-64s have a peak 8600 horsepower. A regenerative braking system can feed up to 100 percent of the energy generated during braking back to the power grid. Safety is paramount with enhanced crash energy management components such as crumple zones.

Boston South Station, located in the heart of the city’s Financial District, opened for passenger service on New Year’s Day 1899. The Neoclassical Revival style headhouse features arched entryways, ionic columns, a central pediment and balustrades. The monumental exterior clock, surrounded by carved decoration, is topped by an eight-foot high eagle.

Photographer: Chuck Gomez for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.