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Train on the Northeast Corridor, 1980s.

Color slide showing a train on the Northeast Corridor crossing a river; image probably dates to the 1980s.

Train on the Northeast Corridor, 1980s.

In this image, a train along the Northeast Corridor consists of an F40 locomotive pulling six Amfleet cars, possibly through Connecticut.

Amtrak ordered the first of an eventual 492 Amfleet cars in late 1973. Designed to reach speeds of up to 120 mph, the tubular cars are covered in ridged stainless steel and measure 85’4” long over the couplers and 10’6” wide. At the close of 1976, Amfleet equipment had spread beyond the East Coast and Midwest and was in use in California on the San Diegan (Los Angeles-San Diego) route; therefore, most short-haul trains employed the new cars.

Photographer: Unknown for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.