Posts Tagged: Amtrak History

Jackie Kennedy Rides ‘Landmark Express’ in 1978

Jackie Kennedy Rides ‘Landmark Express’ in 1978

Our trains help you make everlasting memories. This Throwback Thursday, we’re reminiscing about an unforgettable train ride from 34 years (and 24 hours!) ago when the Committee To Save Grand Central Terminal fought to keep the memory of the station alive. In an effort to preserve Grand Central’s history, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis traveled from New York City to Washington D.C. ...

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Watch: St. Paul Union Depot to Welcome Amtrak Customers

Customers planning to ride our Empire Builder through St. Paul, Minn., this summer are in for a treat. A total restoration of St. Paul Union Depot (affectionately called "SPUD" by savvy travelers) is now complete, and beginning May 7, Amtrak will begin service to the magnificent building. The service will begin before National Train Day, a free day of family-friendly festivities ...

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From Stations to Slopes: The History of Amtrak Ski Trains

Our Winter Ski Getaway is in its final days, so we’re using this Throwback Thursday to hit the slopes! Long before we tracked a group of brave free skiers through Montana, Amtrak made a business of delivering customers to some of the best ski terrain in the country. Few people know, however, that it all started in 1936 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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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 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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Best Spot to Photograph the St. Louis Arch

Best Spot to Photograph the St. Louis Arch

We're going all the way back to 1977 St. Louis this Throwback Thursday! That's back when the Amtrak National Limited connected New York, Washington, D.C., and St Louis. Ahem, we even have this retro pamphlet to prove it (see more Amtrak artifacts here). Today it's the Texas Eagle, one of our bi-level long-distance trains, that passes the iconic Arch and Gateway ...

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Who’s the Guy Behind These Cool Posters?

Who’s the Guy Behind These Cool Posters?

We wish we could Throwback to the Thursdays when these awesome retro posters were sold for just $1.50 (or $6 for the whole set for you high-rollers). Today they're completely out of print and go for a couple hundred bucks each on eBay! Back in the 1970s, these posters were created by David Klein, a famous illustrator who was hired by Amtrak to ...

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Visit the Iconic ‘Untouchables’ Stair Scene

Visit the Iconic ‘Untouchables’ Stair Scene

Next time you’re passing through Chicago’s historic Union Station, make sure to take a pic with one of our favorite pieces of movie history! The staircase shown in the photo above was the backdrop to one of the best movie scenes in recent history! Kevin Costner (co-starring with Robert De Niro and Sean Connery) had an epic shoot out here in the ...

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CEO: ‘Let us Take you Somewhere New this Year’

CEO: ‘Let us Take you Somewhere New this Year’

Today marks the 42nd birthday of Amtrak, America’s Railroad, and there’s a lot to celebrate. Not only have we connected more than 500 destinations across the country, but we’ve employed tens of thousands of Americans, including the more than 20,000 folks who keep your trains running 365 days a year. We’re also proud of the fact that our new eTicketing ...

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Suit & Tie Pic, Tie Pic

Suit & Tie Pic, Tie Pic

That’s right. We had a suit & tie before Justin Timberlake was even born! This throwback pic shows Amtrak employees modeling the new (for the time) 10th anniversary uniforms. This was 1981, and a lot has changed since then.

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