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Head Back to School and Save with Amtrak

Head Back to School and Save with Amtrak

We know it's tough being a student. There's new roommates, paper deadlines and decorating your tiny dorm room to worry about. So we've decided to make things easy on you. Sign up for Student Advantage and you'll never have to worry about Amtrak prices. We offer 10 percent off most routes, if you book with a Student Advantage card. Seriously. That means tickets to school, ...

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Amtrak 101: Baggage Policy

Amtrak 101: Baggage Policy

You booked your train ticket and you’re ready to embark on your next (or first, we see you Amtrak newbies) rail adventure. But this question keeps popping up in your head; Can I bring that on the train?  We know the can and can not list can get a little confusing. So we’ve pulled out some Amtrak baggage policy essentials. ...

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Team Amtrak: Working to Improve the NEC

Team Amtrak: Working to Improve the NEC

As we’ve previously shared here on the blog, Team Amtrak is actively working to address the capacity and infrastructure issues along the Northeast Corridor (NEC).  If you’re one of the 40,000 daily NEC Amtrak riders, you may be familiar with two  projects in progress— the New Jersey High Speed Rail Improvement Program (NJ HSRIP) and the Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel Replacement Project. Recently, Amtrak NEC leaders joined ...

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#Amtrakgram: Enter to Win!

#Amtrakgram: Enter to Win!

From the onboard #selfies to your #nofilter needed landscape shots, we want your best Instagram photos and videos from our trains! With more than 500 destinations covering 21,300 miles throughout 46 states, we're giving you quite the canvas to work with! It's simple, just use our hashtag: #Amtrakgram There will be 1 Grand Prize winner and 3 Second Place winners.  For ...

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Making the Ride a Little Brighter with psychylustro

Making the Ride a Little Brighter with psychylustro

If you’ve traveled along our Northeast Corridor recently you may have thought to yourself, ‘What’s with all the neon?’ Well, we’re here to dispel the rumors. No it’s not a result of an epic game of  paintball. It’s psychylustro - a temporary art installation by contemporary artist, Katharina Grosse. Presented by The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, this public ...

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

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USA Rail Pass, Let’s Explore

USA Rail Pass, Let’s Explore

We all know America is beautiful, but seeing it from sea level is truly breathtaking. With our Amtrak USA Rail Pass, we give adventurous souls the opportunity to create the epic rail journey of their dreams. But before you pack your bags, there are a few things you need to know. Here are five USA Rail Pass knowledge nuggets just ...

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New Baggage Cars Coming Soon

New Baggage Cars Coming Soon

First we gave you a sneak peek at our new long distance equipment and now it’s time to talk testing! Today, we're happy to announce that our new baggage cars begin the testing phase of their new equipment journey to the rails. During  field testing, the baggage cars will travel to Chicago, New Orleans, Miami and along the Northeast Corridor ...

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

You can make life-long memories on a cross-country trip with Dad or take the train back home to see him this weekend. No matter how you choose to celebrate, Amtrak wants to wish all the train-loving Dads out there a Happy Father's Day! If you're staying home today, take a minute to learn more about one Dad's trip of a ...

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Exhibit Train Goes to the Natural State

Exhibit Train Goes to the Natural State

Making its tenth stop of the year, our Exhibit Train is traveling all the way to Springdale, Ark this weekend (June 14-5 from 10 a.m. - 4  p.m.) for the National Railway Historical Society Convention! But don't think our Exhibit Train is just for rail experts. We have fun stuff for the rail novices too. Don't believe us, just check out the top 5 ...

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The Auto Train is Even Cooler Than You Think

The Auto Train is Even Cooler Than You Think

Traveling non-stop between Washington D.C. and Orlando, the Auto Train is the only Amtrak service that gets passengers and their cars, motorcycles, small boats, jet skies – you name it! -- to where they want to be. But, news alert: the idea of the Auto Train didn’t actually originate with Amtrak. Here’s the story: In the 1960s, the U.S. Department of ...

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Amtrak Honors Armed Forces for Memorial Day

Amtrak Honors Armed Forces for Memorial Day

At 3:00 p.m., local time, engineers will sound the horns of locomotives throughout the Amtrak system in honor of the National Moment of Remembrance. As we help thousands of customers reach friends and family this holiday weekend, Amtrak invites you to join us in remembering and honoring the service and sacrifice of America's armed forces. Today Amtrak proudly employs returning service ...

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PHOTOS: Inside the Amtrak Chicago Control Center

PHOTOS: Inside the Amtrak Chicago Control Center

The Windy City is home to one of Amtrak's busiest stations (3.5 million passengers a year!). Throughout our 500-destination system, Chicago is home to most of our long-distance, overnight trains. That makes traffic control along the surrounding railroads a complicated and exciting job. The Chicago Control Center is one of five Amtrak dispatching offices that dispatch 2,500 trains carrying nearly 900,000 ...

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Carolinian Train Celebrates 24 Years

Carolinian Train Celebrates 24 Years

This week the Carolinian service, which connects New York City and Charlotte, N.C. turns 24! What’s the best way to celebrate, you ask? By traveling on the Carolinian, of course! At the kick-off event of the Carolinian’s ceremonial run, Miss North Carolina, Kelly Fletcher celebrated  with a glass of champagne. And since we're handling the driving, you can still enjoy a beverage from our Cafe Car ...

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Free Exhibit Train Joins Cheyenne Depot Days

Free Exhibit Train Joins Cheyenne Depot Days

After a successful weekend in Longview, Texas, for National Train Day, the Amtrak Exhibit Train will make its eighth stop of the year at the Cheyenne Depot Museum, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, this weekend. As a museum dedicated to telling the story of the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad in Wyoming, the Cheyenne Depot Museum has a strong connection to rail ...

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