Happy 45th Anniversary, Amtrak

45 year Amtrak TT

Amtrak 1st day loco

Today (May 1) marks the 45th anniversary since the startup of Amtrak. Shown in the top image is a comparison of the passenger carrier’s first timetable and, as turns out, what will be the last system timetable that it plans to print.

A lot of changed in 45 years and not just the front covers of the system timetables. In 1971, Amtrak was just a name. It had only a handful of employees and relied on its contract railroads to perform nearly every task involved in getting the trains over the road as well as serviced and stocked.

For a first day ceremony, Amtrak had Penn Central E8A No. 4316 painted in a one-of-a-kind livery. The Pennsylvania Railroad locomotive continued to work in Amtrak service in this livery for several months.

In the photograph above, it is shown in Chicago. It would later become Amtrak No. 322 and, in 1977, Amtrak No. 461, the second locomotive to wear that number. It was retired from the Amtrak roster in July 1981.

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One Response to “Happy 45th Anniversary, Amtrak”

  1. Ahhhomeschool Says:

    Happy Anniversary! This makes our first time trip this summer even more special!

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