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Metroliner Service train on the Northeast Corridor, 1970s.

Black and white photograph showing a Metroliner Service train traveling over the Northeast Corridor between Washington and New York.

<i>Metroliner Service</i> train on the Northeast Corridor, 1970s.

The Metroliners were high-speed Budd electric cars designed for use on the Pennsylvania Railroad's busy mainline between New York and Washington. The cars generally operated as married pairs, meaning that trains had an even number of cars. Luxurious interiors and fast running times made the Metroliners a viable competitor to regional airlines, and new stations were built outside of Washington and New York to attract riders who had left center cities for the suburbs.

Under Amtrak, Metroliner Service frequencies increased to keep up with demand, and trains often reached speeds of up to 110 mph. In the late 1970s, Amtrak refurbished and reconfigured part of the Metroliner fleet after it had run more than 1.5 million miles of service. Electrical components were moved from the underside of the floor to a new compartment on the roof. Notice that in this image, car No. 886 still bears the Penn Central logo on its end, and the roofs have not yet been modified.

The popularity of the Metroliner cars led Amtrak to use them as the basis of design for the Amfleet cars, which first entered service in 1975.

Photographer: Unknown for Amtrak.