Amtrak Phase I+Early Equipment

Formed in 1968 from the Pennsylvania and New York Central Railroads, the Penn Central paved the way for government funded and operated rail passenger service - Amtrak - when it bankrupted in 1970 and left the densely populated northeast without any form of reliable rail transportation. In Amtrak’s formative years, it would use a variety of equipment from roads such as the Penn Central and the Santa Fe - oftentimes in the original paint running alongside Phase I painted equipment.