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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We’ve Got a Big Announcement!

At Amtrak, we pride ourselves on being America's Railroad, and we're ready to take that commitment one step further. We have big news to share with our more than 31 million customers across the country! Watch this video, look for clues and stay tuned to our social media channels for the grand reveal later this week! #AmtrakVets Roger that? Read ...

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Photo of the Week!

Photo of the Week!

This edition of Photo of the Week is brought to you by Bruce who snapped this pic in Sanford, Fla., home of the Auto Train! The Auto Train is one of Amtrak's premier services. It's a nonstop train that connects Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla., but what makes this train really special is the fact that you can load your car and take it ...

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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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New Locomotives Roll Off Assembly Line

Our new Cities Sprinter locomotives represent more reliable and energy efficient service for our Northeast intercity rail passengers. Here, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman and Michael Cahill, President of Siemens Rail Systems division in the U.S. provide a look at the new locomotives that will be tested this summer and enter revenue service this fall. Want to learn more about Amtrak and our ...

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Sneak Peek Photos of Our New Locomotives

Sneak Peek Photos of Our New Locomotives

Today we are debuting the first round of our new electric Siemens locomotives in Sacramento. They're called Cities Sprinters and they'll replace our entire electric fleet in the Northeast Corridor by 2016.  That's 70 locomotives, a $466 million investment and the creation and preservation of jobs in 60 cities across the country. Did we mention that they're more energy efficient and will be able to reach speeds of 125 ...

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