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Red Cap handling luggage, 2016.

Color digital image showing a Red Cap taking luggage onto a Northeast Regional (Boston-New York-Washington) train at Boston South Station; image dates to December 14, 2016.

Red Cap handling luggage, 2016.

Red Cap William Gould loads baggage onto a southbound Northeast Regional train. Red Caps work at major metropolitan stations where they help passengers with baggage navigate the station and board the train. Gould wears the trademark red cap that helps him stand out in the crowd.

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

Concerned citizens succeeded in listing South Station on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, halting full demolition of the building. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority subsequently bought the facility in 1978 and undertook a multimillion dollar rehabilitation.

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