Amtrak operations have been well photographed over the years, yet less attention seems to have been paid to the way in which is projects itself.
There probably are people out there who collect Amtrak memorabilia such as poster, menu covers and various marketing products.
Some of these items show up for sale at train shows and flea markets.
Amtrak menu covers have spanned the spectrum from plain white covers with nothing more than the Amtrak logo to covers with elaborate art work.
In recent years, the images shown on posters to promote individual trains have been used for menu covers.
Those images tend to have a dominant image that portrays something about the territory served by the train.
Yet I’ve long wondered why the menu covers for the Capitol Limited do not show an image of the nation’s capitol.
Instead, it shows a generic looking city skyline that is not Washington and, if you use your imagination, looks a little like Chicago. But at least it shows a train.