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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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Watch! Sit Inside Amtrak’s New Locomotives

Watch! Sit Inside Amtrak’s New Locomotives

In preparation for tomorrow's big news, we're showing you just how awesome our new locomotives are ... from the driver's seat! They'll be powering the trains on our Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C., and Boston soon. This is a perspective that customers rarely get, but we've been sharing the exclusive footage on our Instagram account all week. For more insider ...

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What’s It Like: Amtrak Cities Sprinter Engineer Training

What’s It Like: Amtrak Cities Sprinter Engineer Training

With the addition of the 70 new Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) locomotives, comes new equipment to learn. That’s why the 450 Amtrak engineers on the Northeast Corridor have been participating in multi-day locomotive training. Here’s your glimpse into how they are preparing for the arrival of the new equipment. During the comprehensive training sessions, participants receive classroom and operational training. At the culmination of ...

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Prepping for The Big Game on Sunday

Prepping for The Big Game on Sunday

The Broncos and Seahawks are ready for the Big Game tomorrow. Are you? For those traveling to the festivities, we've got three essential pieces of advice for you below. For those watching the game from the comfort of your homes, check out our slideshow above that shows you all the extra activities happening outside the stadium! 1. Stay Alert If ...

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Who Needs a Runway? Amtrak Uniform Fashion Trends

Who Needs a Runway? Amtrak Uniform Fashion Trends

With New York Fashion Week right around the corner, we got to thinking that the views haven’t been the only thing to turn heads during our 43-year history. Thanks to a few bold designers and some even braver employees, the history of the Amtrak uniform is a fascinating and sometimes funny one! When the company was founded in 1971, the ...

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How Amtrak Commits to Sustainability

How Amtrak Commits to Sustainability

At Amtrak the Earth matters. That is why we are always striving to implement practices and tactics that improve our fuel energy and efficiency while connecting you to over 500 destinations. To let our more than 31.6 million passengers know what we are doing to ensure that Amtrak remains one of the more environmentally friendly modes of transportation, we sat ...

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Train Lesson Plan for Middle Schoolers

Train Lesson Plan for Middle Schoolers

Recently, together with Google, Amtrak launched a cool interactive tool that lets our customers track their train across the U.S. That’s also great news for teachers who are looking to bring their transportation lessons to life in the classroom. Did we mention, kids ride for half price? We’ve created a cross-curriculum train lesson plan for middle school students requiring them ...

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History of Lancaster Station

History of Lancaster Station

This Throwback Thursday we’re going all the way back to 85 years ago when the Lancaster, Pa., station opened. It was originally constructed by the Pennsylvania Railroad (yes, that Monopoly square is named after a real railroad) and is about a mile from downtown Lancaster. From its beautiful paned skylight to its Art Deco hanging lights, the brick classical revival ...

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Welcome to Our New Design!

Welcome to Our New Design!

It’s a New Year, and a new Amtrak Blog! All your favorite elements are improving and we got rid of what you didn’t like. Here’s what you can experience on our new completely redesigned site! More Photos You come to our blog for info. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a cross country family vacation, you have real questions about ...

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What is Catenary Wire?

What is Catenary Wire?

The polar vortex continues to sweep the country and record low temperatures are being reported from the Midwest to the Southeast and Northeast. What does this mean for Amtrak trains running along the Northeast and Keystone corridors? These two services are powered by an overhead wire system called a catenary system. The catenary system provides electrical power to these trains, ...

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Near-Normal NEC Service Resumes

Near-Normal NEC Service Resumes

Amtrak plans to operate nearly all scheduled Acela Express and Northeast Regional service between Washington, New York and Boston on the Northeast Corridor Saturday, Jan. 4.  Passengers traveling should expect minor delays due to weather conditions that continue to impact the railroad, and are encouraged to allow extra time for traveling to and from the station. Passengers holding reservations that ...

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There’s Always a Party in this Amtrak Cafe Car

There’s Always a Party in this Amtrak Cafe Car

It’s always a party on Herman’s café car along the Capitol Corridor. Blinking colored lights alert customers that hot coffee and good food are for sale. Flowers give the small, clean space a fresh feel. And Herman’s smile makes each meal a one-of-a-kind experience. “Customers say it’s like going on vacation when they come in here,” says Herman, who’s been ...

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Amtrak Winter Storm Preparation

Amtrak Winter Storm Preparation

Up and down the Northeast Corridor we are making preparations for potential impacts from the pending winter storm. Here is what we are doing to prepare: Severe Weather Command Center Activated – Amtrak’s multi-departmental Severe Weather Command Center has been activated at the Consolidated National Operations Center in Wilmington, Del. From this facility, a task force is monitoring the latest weather ...

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Modified Snow Schedule for NEC

Modified Snow Schedule for NEC

Due to the pending winter storm expected to impact the Northeast Corridor, we will operate a modified snow schedule on Friday, January 3, 2014. Acela Express and Northeast Regional service will operate between Boston and Washington.  Passengers should expect reduced frequencies, particularly in New England. Corridor services, including the Keystone Service (New York – Harrisburg, Pa.), Empire Service (New York ...

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How Amtrak Started in 1971

How Amtrak Started in 1971

The New Year is an exciting time. It means new beginnings and most importantly new adventures. But to know where you're going, you have to know where you've been, too. That's why for the first Throwback Thursday of 2014, we're focusing on how Amtrak got its start more than 40 years ago! We have a storied 42-year history as America's ...

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