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Western long-distance train, 1987.

Color film slide showing a long-distance train, most likely in a western landscape; image dates to September 1987.

Western long-distance train, 1987.

In this image, a long-distance train passes through what is most likely a western landscape, with hills receding into the distance.

Pullman Standard won a contract in 1974 that, as amended, called for production of 284 new bi-level cars. Manufactured at a plant in Hammond, Ind., the order included 102 coaches, 48 coach-baggage cars, 25 café/lounge cars, 70 sleepers and 39 diners.

Amtrak accepted the first Superliner in October 1978, and it was used for the training of on-board service and maintenance crews. Built to be pulled at speeds up to 100 mph, the cars measure 85 feet long (to the ends of the couplers), approximately 10 feet wide and 16 feet high. The final car in the Superliner I order arrived in 1981—representing a six year, $313 million capital investment on Amtrak's part.

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