A Look Back at the Rainbow Era

The first couple years of Amtrak operations are known as the rainbow era because liveries of various railroads and common on trains.

Locomotives and passenger cars carried their original colors and markings until painted into Amtrak colors.

Amtrak 1427 and 1371 (Both ex-Union Pacific units) are ready to leave Joliet, Illinois on Aug 6, 1972, on a train operating in the Chicago-St. Louis corridor.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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