The National Railroad Passenger Corporation does business as Amtrak, a passenger railroad service that provides medium- and long-distance intercity passenger and baggage transportation across the continental United States. Founded in 1971 through the government-sponsored consolidation of most of the remaining, mostly fledging domestic passenger rail companies, it is partially government-funded but operated and managed as a for-profit corporation. Although it began operations using secondhand locomotive and rolling stock purchased from the railroad companies exiting the passenger business, today Amtrak operates its own fleet of modern electric and diesel-electric locomotives, passenger rolling stock, and -- in a few geographical areas -- maintenance of way equipment. The majority of Amtrak trains operate with trackage rights over the rails of domestica Class 1 and regional freight companies; in areas such as the Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston, Amtrak itself owns and maintains the right of way. The carrier operates more than 300 trains each day on over 20,000 miles of track and connects more than 500 destinations in 46 states abd 3 Canadian provinces. Its headquarters is at Union Station in Washington, D.C


Amtrak system map / web

Route Scrapbooks

Motive Power

Amtrak #1-207, 800-843

  • builder:General Electric
  • model:P42DC
  • type:B-B passenger unit
  • built:1993, 1996-2001
  • series:321 produced 1992-2001
  • engine:GE 7FDL16 (16 cyl, 4250 hp)
  • notes:
  • #1-207 at top of Amtrak roster
  • #800-843 blt as P40DCs, rebuilt P42DCs
  • builder

    Tours / Exhibits

    40th Anniversary Tour



    1971 timetable


    1975 timetable


    1980 timetable


    1982 timetable


    1983 timetable


    1984 timetable



    Links / Sources

    This page was updated on 2017-08-08