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Step right up, 2010.

Color digital image showing a conductor assisting a passenger at Tacoma, Wash.; image dates to October 2010.

Step right up, 2010.

Conductor Jim Barry examines a ticket as a passenger mounts the yellow step box and boards an Amtrak Cascades (Vancouver, B.C.-Seattle-Portland-Eugene, Ore.) train at Tacoma, Wash. The conductor is responsible for the safe movement and operation of the train, the collection and protection of Amtrak ticket revenue, the conduct of the operating and on-board service crews, the boarding and detraining of passengers and the assignment of passenger accommodations.

The newly branded Amtrak Cascades service debuted in 1998. Funded in partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Transportation, the service uses European-style, articulated train sets designed by the Spanish firm Patentes Talgo SA. Amtrak Cascades is one of the most heavily traveled corridors in the country and is often viewed as a model partnership among two states, a Canadian province, Amtrak, freight railroads, a commuter railroad, and local communities.

This image is one of a set entitled "A Day in the Life of Amtrak" completed for the Amtrak 40th Anniversary celebration.

Photographer: Jason Berg for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.