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Amtrak Celebrates Earth Day with New Cleaner Train Equipment

Amtrak Celebrates Earth Day with New Cleaner Train Equipment

  Today we’re proud to announce that a vital piece of train equipment that we use every day in Washington, D.C., is being replaced with a more efficient version. GenSet switchers are what our employees use to move trains around in the train yard. Today, local Washington dignitaries joined Amtrak’s vice president of government affairs and corporate communication in welcoming ...

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Pharrell Williams Films “Happy” at LA Union Station

It's hard to be unhappy when you watch singer-song writer Pharrell Williams perform his new hit “Happy” from the movie Despicable Me 2. But what makes us straight-up giddy is that the accompanying music video was filmed at our train station in Los Angeles! Last fall, Pharrell filmed a quirky and fun round-the-clock music video throughout L.A., beginning at the ...

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Top Picks for Long-Distance Meals on Amtrak

Top Picks for Long-Distance Meals on Amtrak

There’s nothing worse than feeling "hangry" when you’re on the move. So, whether you’re heading home, visiting a friend, or going on a spontaneous weekend trip by train, you’ve got to eat. Luckily, Amtrak has your cravings covered. You can beat your stomach growls with breakfast, lunch, dinner and, of course, dessert across any of the long-distance train rides. Plus, the ...

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How Amtrak Recycles More Than 8,000 Tons of Materials Each Year

How Amtrak Recycles More Than 8,000 Tons of Materials Each Year

In addition to Amtrak’s onboard recycling program, the company saves tons (and we mean TONS) of materials from landfills by actively recycling at our maintenance facilities across the country. We’re proud to say that almost all the materials generated in repairing and refurbishing your trains are recycled. In fact, we’ve got the numbers to prove it! From 2,700 tons of ...

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This Old School Amtrak Art is Awesome

This Old School Amtrak Art is Awesome

Our train trips are known for being the perfect way to spark your creativity. And this Throwback Thursday, we’re taking you to the artsy side of Amtrak way back in the 1970s, when the great Southwest terrain offered more than just views.  It was a source of artistic inspiration! For starters, check out these old school baggage tags that say, "I ...

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Exhibit Train Travels to Topeka

Exhibit Train Travels to Topeka

Fully stocked with Amtrak merchandise and ready to make its third stop of the year, our Amtrak Exhibit Train is all set to head to the sunflower state. For our non-Jayhawks readers, we’re talking about Kansas! This weekend the Amtrak Exhibit Train and the Amtrak Veterans Locomotive will be at the Amtrak Topeka Station on April 12-13 from 10:00 a.m. ...

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The Impact of the Northeast Corridor and Amtrak on the Economy

The Impact of the Northeast Corridor and Amtrak on the Economy

If you’ve ever traveled along the Northeast Corridor (NEC), you’ve seen the diversity of the region come to life. The student taking their first trip, the business traveler taking their umpteenth ride and the family going to Nana’s house,  the 24/7 operation of the NEC is one our riders expect. As a majority owner of the NEC, Amtrak owns and ...

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PENN Researchers Bring Public Health Awareness to 30th Street Station

PENN Researchers Bring Public Health Awareness to 30th Street Station

If you’ve traveled to Philadelphia recently, you might have been seeing red. That’s because our neighbors from  the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine chose the iconic 30th Street Station as the location for their Automated External Defibrillators (AED) red furniture and the launch of PENN Defibrillator Challenge – a public health contest raising awareness about the location of AEDs. “30th Street Station is one of the arteries of ...

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How I Work: Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman

How I Work: Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman

For Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman, life comes in two’s. He always stays at a job at least two years, he walks 2 miles to work every day, and he considers he and his wife, Joanne, a two-person team. “My wife has been in this business with me for 40 years,” he says from his desk in Washington, D.C. “She gets ...

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Recycling Bins Being Added to Bi-Level Trains

Recycling Bins Being Added to Bi-Level Trains

Last month we told you all about the sustainability efforts underway at Amtrak, and you had just one question for us: Where are the recycling bins on trains? In fact, one customer told us, “As someone who ONLY travels by Amtrak now, I see an incredible amount of trash thrown away and nothing getting recycled.” You’re right. We hear you, and ...

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CMO Answers Customer Tweets on Amtrak Wifi

Thanks to the recent expansion of free Amtrak wifi onto Midwest corridor trains, 85 percent of Amtrak customers can now enjoy Internet access on their trains! We know you love your productive time on the train, but that you also have some questions. Why can’t you stream Netflix? When will long-distance trains have Amtrak wifi? And how the heck do ...

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Exhibit Train’s First Stop, Chandler, Ariz.

Exhibit Train’s First Stop, Chandler, Ariz.

The wait is over! The Amtrak Exhibit Train will make 18 stops across America in 2014 kicking off on March 1-2 in Chandler, Arizona. The traveling exhibit allows visitors to take a complimentary, self-guided tour to learn about Amtrak history, our operations and future through the display of artifacts, memorabilia and interactive exhibits. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the ...

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Behind the Scenes with Amtrak Wi-Fi

Behind the Scenes with Amtrak Wi-Fi

We can tell from your tweets that you really love free Wi-Fi on our trains. A lot. You’ve also had a lot of questions about the service. Why it doesn’t work like your Internet at home or just how Amtrak Wi-Fi works in general. So we went behind the scenes at our maintenance facility to show you everything that goes ...

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Joe Biden Welcomes 1st Cities Sprinter Locomotive

Joe Biden Welcomes 1st Cities Sprinter Locomotive

Today U.S. Vice President Joe Biden stood beside U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Amtrak CEO and President Joe Boardman to announce the launch of our Amtrak Cities Sprinter locomotive at an event held at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Powered by Siemens, these locomotives are more energy efficient, more reliable and reaffirm our commitment to improving mobility and connectivity in the ...

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Check Out Vintage Amtrak Locomotives

Check Out Vintage Amtrak Locomotives

Today the old is meeting the new on our Northeast Corridor. We've got a big announcement, but before we say anything more, we're taking a minute to look back at the durable equipment that got us here today. Between 1978 and 1988, Amtrak purchased more than 50 AEM-7 locomotives, which would become the workhorses of our busiest corridor in the country ...

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