Amtrak launched operations in 1971. At first the locomotive used coaches and motive power it acquired from various railroads that were leaving the passenger railroad business to government-created Amtrak.
The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway is on of the most popular attractions in Chattanooga. But, the railroad is the last reminder of a once vibrant railroad scene that existed on Lookout Mountain.
By the late 1970s, railroad were not in a state of good repair. The issue over railroad safety and repair became an issue after a June 1977 Conrail derailment in Metuchen, N.J. In that wreck, 17 cars derailed and took the busy Northeast Corridor out of commission.
Glover Machine Works was never as big of a locomotive builder as Baldwin Locomotive Works or American Locomotive Co. (ALCO).
Occupying the former Naval Air Station Richmond (NASR), the Gold Coast Railroad Museum today delights railfans with its collection of locomotives, dozens of rail cars and railroad artifacts.
Positive Train Control (PTC) will be fully operational on the Northeast Corridor by the end of the year, according to Amtrak.
New York City Transit has training its employees to operate trains over the soon-to-open 7 Line extension.
Amtrak last week said it would install inward-facing cameras on its fleet of ACS-64 locomotives in use on the Northeast Corridor.
The United States has yet to fully embrace passenger rail as a way to curb traffic despite rail's success in other countries, an Amtrak official told a U.S. Senate subcommittee this week.
Amtrak’s $227 million operating loss in Fiscal Year is the railroad’s lowest since 1973, the railroad said.