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The Amtrak Standard Stations Program

March 4, 2013

After taking over America's intercity passenger rail system, Amtrak sought to establish a strong visual identity by painting locomotives and rolling stock in a unified livery, as well as by creating standardized stations that were easy to build and maintain.

Digging into the Archives: The Baggage Cart

February 20, 2013

Day-to-day station operations require the talents of many individuals and a variety of tools, including the humble baggage cart.

Amtrak Year-by-Year: 1978

February 11, 2013

Taking on the role of Amtrak President and CEO, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Alan Boyd called for "the creation of a newly-structured relationship" between Amtrak and the federal government.

Digging into the Archives: Tracks are Back!

January 30, 2013

Colorful buttons and pins worn by Amtrak employees have long been used to highlight new services, company-wide safety programs, sales promotions and other initiatives.

The "Peanut Special" Heads to Washington

January 18, 2013

To celebrate Jimmy Carter's inauguration in January 1977, friends and supporters chartered an Amtrak train--dubbed the "Peanut Special"--to carry them from Plains, Ga. to Washington, D.C.

Documenting the Northeast Corridor (Part 2)

January 14, 2013

Additional photos from the Historic American Engineering Record reveal the rail line and its surroundings as they appeared in April 1977.

Documenting the Northeast Corridor (Part 1)

January 7, 2013

In preparation for the start of the Northeast Corridor Improvement Project in 1977, the staff of the Historic American Engineering Record surveyed the right-of-way between Washington, D.C. and Boston.

Holidays Aboard the Pacific Parlour Cars

December 19, 2012

On the Coast Starlight, the Pacific Parlour Cars offer passengers a ride through railroad history.

Amtrak Images: Track Laying Machine, 1978

December 3, 2012

Amtrak began laying concrete ties in 1978 as part of the Northeast Corridor Improvement Project. At that time, Amtrak had the only concrete tie/welded rail machinery in the United States.

Amtrak Year-by-Year: 1977

November 16, 2012

Following the purchase of the Northeast Corridor in 1976, Amtrak focused on long-term planning to ensure that the rail line and its operations were well integrated into the company. The five-year, $1.75 billion Northeast Corridor Improvement Project kicked off in March 1977.