As noted in Amtrak’s employee magazine, a “warm but vibrant blend of red, violet and purple sets the basic mood for friendly mingling.” While refurbishing older equipment, Amtrak also began planning for the purchase of brand new stainless-steel single-level and bi-level cars.The new single-level cars, later known as Amfleet, were based on the design of the Metroliner cars shown here.
In her role, Saunders assisted customers on the train and listened to their complaints and compliments regarding Amtrak service. Here the eastbound North Coast Hiawatha (Seattle-Billings-Chicago) approaches the Bozeman Tunnel located in the Bozeman Pass between Bozeman and Livingston, Mont.
The first of the new single-level Amfleet cars went into revenue service on Aug. Four days earlier, Amtrak invited employees and their families on a test run between Washington and Philadelphia to gauge reactions to the car interiors and the ride quality.
This ticket not only guaranteed a spot on the train, but could also be kept as a memento of this special trip.
The Metroliners were used as a prototype due to their popularity among travelers on the high-speed Metroliner service between Washington, D. Starting in late 1973, Amtrak ordered the first of what was ultimately 492 Amfleet cars, touting their “Floor tracks permitting variable seat spacing and other configuration changes [that] will allow us to maximize revenue as well as to provide varying interior arrangements.” The Amfleet featured five-car configurations, two of which were coaches: an 84-seat version for use on short-distance corridor services and a 60-seat version used on long-distance routes.
Shown here is a view into an Amclub, which had two-by-two coach seating on one end, a standard food service unit in the center and two-by-one club car seating on the other end.
Important changes were made to the restrooms to ensure accessibility.