Amtrak: An American Story

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This book chronicles the history of Amtrak.
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This book chronicles the history of Amtrak. Drawing on four decades of archival photographs, it highlights the employees, trains, and technology that made rail travel possible since 1971. Accompanying the photos are a historical summary, timeline, and personal narratives for each decade. The Day in the Life of Amtrak photo feature offers a countrywide look at today’s system. It is a great American train story.
Author: Amtrak
Size: 8 1/2 x 11
Pages: 144
Color photos: 265
Black & White photos: 150
Illustrations: 30
Author Bio
The Amtrak staff.
Table of Contents
The 1970s: The Journey Begins
The 1980s: Building a Dream
The 1990s: Challenging Times
The 2000s: America's Railroad
The Future: The Way Forward
A Day in the Life of Amtrak
In Memoriam
Amtrak is the uniquely American public/private corporation that has been providing American rail passenger service since 1971. This book is created from four decades of often rare archival photographs highlighting the employees, trains and technology that made it possible. Amtrak: An American Story includes decade by decade chapters, an introduction for each chapter, a timeline of when events occurred (putting them in historical perspective), personal vignettes from employees of Amtrak and a final chapter on a day in the life of Amtrak. This celebratory book is a remarkable 40 year story told by Amtrak itself, with copies of posters, brochures and advertising material, as well as first hand recollections and thoughts from the people most closely tasked with making it all work. Fascinating reading for train buffs as well as anyone with an interest in American history.
-USA by Rail
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