Photographs of Amtrak Trains and Operations
I’ve been photographing Amtrak trains since early 1977. When I began making images of Amtrak, the company had placed in service a year earlier its new Amfleet equipment. Superliners were on the way.
Motive power was a mixture of old and new. E units inherited from the Amtrak contract railroads were still very much around and SDP40F locomotives that had been delivered new in 1973 and 1974 still pulled most long-distance trains, but they were about to be retired en mass due to suspected performance issues that were identified after a series of derailments.
The rainbow era, though, was just about over. It was rare by the late 1970s to see a passenger car or locomotive still wearing the livery of a previous railroad owner.
Presented in these pages are some of the photos I’ve made of Amtrak over the years along with a few images done by others.