Posts Tagged: Behind the Scenes

Check Out these Mad Men-esque Stations

Check Out these Mad Men-esque Stations

Ever wonder why the Lawrence and Topeka stations in Kansas look so similar? After World War II, the Santa Fe Railway wanted to don a new look, so they reinvested in a few of its stations, including Lawrence and Topeka, by adorning them in a Mid-Century Modern style. Picture the architecture you see in Mad Men, and you’ll get the ...

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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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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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We're Rolling: Inside the #AmtrakLive Train

We're Rolling: Inside the #AmtrakLive Train

#AmtrakLIVE has officially kicked off onboard the Texas Eagle on the way from Los Angeles to Austin. We started our adventure  yesterday in Los Angeles Union Station where Kevin Winston, CEO of Digital LA, led the charge for an impromptu group selfie to rival Ellen’s now-famous Oscar selfie. Even better: You can now follow all of the fun, festivities and ...

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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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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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The Tiny Surprise at the National Christmas Tree

The Tiny Surprise at the National Christmas Tree

Along with Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin and the Avett Brothers, there was another special guest at last week’s National Christmas Tree Lighting. Amtrak! That’s right, one of our model trains is circling the National Christmas Tree just south of the White House. Pretty cool, huh? In fact, the Amtrak model train is an exact replica of the  trains that operate in ...

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Sneak Peek: Lancaster Station Improvements

Sneak Peek: Lancaster Station Improvements

If you’re one of the more than half million people who rode the Keystone Service through Lancaster last year, you know we’ve been working hard to renovate the station.  We’re now putting the finishing touches on the project, but wanted to give you (our favorite riders!) a sneak peek at some of the improvements. Check them out, and tell us ...

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Behind the Scenes: #SuperMemories

Behind the Scenes: #SuperMemories

On February 2, New York and New Jersey will co-host the National Football League’s very first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl. That’s Super Bowl XLVIII for those of you keeping track! While the teams aren’t final yet, this transit-friendly Super Bowl promises to be epic and probably freezing. We’ve been working closely with the nice folks on the NY/NJ Super ...

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We're Hiring America's Veterans!

We're Hiring America's Veterans!

Today we’re excited to announce that we’re making a corporate commitment to ensure 25 percent of our new hires are veterans by 2015! “I’m honored and proud to add more of our country’s service men and women to the Amtrak team,” says Amtrak president and CEO Joe Boardman, who is a Vietnam veteran. That means that over the next year we ...

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