'They Genuinely Love Their Job'

Amtrak Employees

Meet three of Amtrak’s more than 20,000 employees across the country: Zenon, Dave and John, who all work out of Chicago’s Union Station. “Amtrak employees genuinely love helping people,” Dave says, “and they genuinely love their job. I just happen to be one of them.” Dave, or “Smiley” as he’s known to his colleagues, has worked his way up the ranks at Amtrak over his 23 years with the company. Today he is a conductor on the Pere Marquette route, which travels between Chicago and Grand Rapids, Mich.


Amtrak challenged Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind Humans of New York, to leave New York and capture #AmtrakStories from across the country. For 31 days, we’ll share one new portrait and story each day on our blog in celebration of the customers who ride America’s Railroad.