It is Oct. 1, 1979, and Amtrak train No. 31 has arrived early into Indianapolis. This is a crew change point and for the final time the engineer and fireman will board the head end of the National Limited to take it west, working as far as St. Louis. Both are Conrail employees.
Tomorrow, the National Limited will be no more. It’s last trips departed from their endpoint cities on Sept. 30 and were allowed to continue to their destinations.
I got permission from the engineer to ride in the cab of F40PH No. 310 as far as Terre Haute, Indiana.
All of these photographs were made using Kodak Tri-X film. The images were scanned from the negatives.