As the 1970s came to a close, ridership and revenue hit record highs, work continued to modernize rolling stock, and management underwent a reorganization that proved vital in meeting the challenges ahead.
The Long Bridge is a vital link between the District of Columbia and Virginia for Amtrak trains serving the South—such as the Crescent, Silver Star and Carolinian—as well as for commuter and freight trains.
After twenty years of operating from two passenger facilities in Midtown Manhattan, Amtrak bid farewell to Grand Central Terminal in April 1991 and consolidated services at Penn Station.
Advertising is essential to any business, and Amtrak effectively used print media in its early years to convey the excitement of train travel to a public unfamiliar with the new company and its services.
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.
Day-to-day station operations require the talents of many individuals and a variety of tools, including the humble baggage cart.
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.
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.
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.