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Turboclub car interior, 1978.

Color photograph showing the interior of a Turboclub car on one of the RTL Turboliner trainsets used on the Empire Service (New York-Albany-Buffalo) and Adirondack (New York-Montreal).

Turboclub car interior, 1978.

This image shows the interior of a Turboclub car from one of the RTL Turboliner trainsets ordered for use in New York State. These  trainsets were based on the earlier RTG Turboliners,which were in turn developed from the French ANF gas-turbine T 2000 RTG "Turbotrain" trainsets. Built by Rohr Industries and capable of reaching 125 mph, the RTL Turboliners were delivered to Amtrak in 1976-77. They were modified from the RTG units to include American couplers and standard 480 volt head end power. To access Grand Central Terminal in New York City, the RTLs were also equipped for third rail electric operation. Amtrak built a separate maintenance facility in Rensselaer,N.Y. to service the equipment.

Amtrak promotional material noted that the all-reserved Turboclub featured spacious two-by-one seating, large, wide windows, "luxurious velour" upholstery, fold down table at each seat and individual reading lamps. An attendant assigned to the car saw to the needs of the passengers.

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