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Conductor making an announcement, 2016.

Black and white digital image showing a conductor making an announcement on the westbound Pennsylvanian (New York-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh); image dates to May 2016.

Conductor making an announcement, 2016.

The daily Pennsylvanian covers a 444-mile route that passes through the Appalachian Mountains and Pennsylvania Dutch Country and crosses over the famed Horseshoe Curve and Rockville Bridge, the oldest stone masonry arch railroad viaduct in the world. The Pennsylvanian is financed primarily through funds made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

In addition to regular announcements, Conductor Dale Secor (shown above) likes to provide commentary on historic sites along the railroad. Intrigued passengers often stop to chat with him about the history afterwards. Secor’s grandfather had a 50 year career in railroading, including on the Broadway Limited (New York-Chicago), and Secor recalls fondly those moments he spent as a child traveling with him.

“Being a conductor with Amtrak is a dream come true,” Secor says. “I love the history on this route and knowing that we are a vital source of transportation for the communities along this route.”

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