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16 Vintage Photos of Amtrak’s Early Years

The railroad service first opened on May 1, 1971.

April 19, 2015, 6:45 p.m.
The Amtrak Turboliner leaving Chicago with the newly-built Sears Tower in the background, in June 1974. National Journal
Passengers take one last photo before boarding the Empire Builder train at Fargo, North Dakota, en route from Chicago to East Glacier Park, Montana and Seattle, Washington, in June 1974. National Journal
Amtrak passengers line up in New York City's Grand Central Station in April 1974. National Journal
Passengers wait for their train at the platform in East Glacier Park, Montana, in June 1974.  National Journal
The Amtrak lounge car offered passengers a chance to make acquaintances or order food and drinks. This photo depicts passengers on the Southwest Limited on a trip between Los Angeles, California, and Chicago, Illinois in June 1974.  National Journal
Mechanics perform a last-minute engine check on the Amtrak Turboliner passenger train before it departs from St. Louis, Missouri, to Chicago, Illinois in June 1974.  National Journal
Amtrak passengers of the Southwest Limited train line up beside the train in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in June 1974.  National Journal
Passengers in the main hall of the Chicago train station in July 1974.  National Journal
Passengers settled in for a ride on Amtrak's Broadway Limited between Chicago, Illinois, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in July 1974.  National Journal
The engineer of the Lone Star Passenger train waits in his cab before continuing the trip from Chicago, Illinois, to Houston, Texas, in June 1974.  National Journal
Passengers relax and view the scenery from the lounge car of the Empire Builder en route from Chicago, Illinois to East Glacier Park, Montana, in June 1974.  National Journal
An Amtrak employee checks in with the station at the Los Angeles Union passenger terminal in May, 1974.  National Journal
A family plays games in the lounge car on an overnight trip from Los Angeles, California, to Chicago, Illinois, in June 1974.  National Journal
The Coast Starlight pulls into the Tacoma, Washington passenger train depot in July, 1974.  National Journal
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