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Vintage Photos From Amtrak's Early Days

The Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970 resulted in the creation of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, better known as Amtrak, and the new train on the scene came in full steam ahead.

Amtrak wanted their company to look as stylish and contemporary as possible, so they brought the latest fashion and a splash of color to the drab American railroad.

The train attendants wore hot pants and go-go boots, the trains featured modern decor, extremely luxurious first class seating, and lots of vibrant red inside and out.

This is the Turboclub car, a first class car with two-by-one seating, large viewing windows, reading lamps, flip down tables and the most luxurious velour seating.

Too red for you? Then you would have preferred the subdued browns of the Metroliner Club car, which featured swivel seats, a phone booth and food and beverage service at your seat.

See What Riding Amtrak Was Like In The 1970s here


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