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Railfan Photo Line - May 2011

40 Years of Amtrak - 1971-2011Welcome to Photo Line! Amtrak celebrates its 40th anniversary this year as "America's Railroad." Having come a long way since those early days of steam-heated coaches pulled by second-hand cab units, Amtrak is now a ubiquitous part of the American railroading landscape. A great variety of trains and equipment make up Amtrak's eastern services, from diesels to electrics to the sleek Acela high-speed trainsets. Join us as photographers Chase Gunnoe, Tom Nanos, and Otto Vondrak illustrate contemporary Amtrak trains from around the Eastern United States.

Amtrak Photo GalleryPretty as a timetable cover

Amtrak's westbound Cardinal rounds the bend at Hawks Nest and observes a 10 mph slow order before passing over the New River. Passengers on the New York- Chicago passenger train receive a wonderful view of the New River Gorge through West Virginia. This photo was also selected for the cover of Amtrak's Spring 2010 system timetable. Photo by Chase Gunnoe

Amtrak Photo GalleryAcross the generations at Rensselaer Shop

Several generations of Amtrak equipment are lined up at at the Rensselaer Maintenance Facility near Albany, New York. From left to right, a rebuilt RTL Turboliner, a GE P42, an EMD F40PH, and another GE unit. Photo by Tom Nanos

Amtrak Photo GalleryA sweet shot at Port Chester, New York

Amtrak 156 rounds the bend at Port Chester, New York, passing the iconic former headquarters of Life Savers candy (notice the molded "O") on May 14, 2008. This section of the Northeast Corridor is maintained and dispatcherd by MTA Metro-North Railroad from New Rochelle, NY to New Haven, CT.

Amtrak Photo GalleryRunning north along the Hudson

Amtrak 714 leads an evening Empire Service train north along Metro-North's Hudson Line at Dobbs Ferry, New York on August 4, 2008. Less than 20 miles from New York City, the George Washington Bridge and the hazy iconic skyline can be seen in the distance. Next stop, Croton-Harmon. Photo by Otto M. Vondrak

Amtrak Photo GalleryNew England fall foliage at peak

Amid a blaze of late fall color, an Acela Express flies through Milford, Connecticut, along the old New Haven mainline on November 12, 2005. These high-speed trainsets have cut travel time between Washington, New York and Boston, and attracted many new riders away from traditional airline shuttles. Photo by Otto M. Vondrak

Amtrak Photo GalleryLake Shore Limited at Tarrytown, New York

The Lake Shore Limited rolls through Tarrytown, New York on Metro-North's Hudson Line. Passengers will enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers before enjoying dinner and turning in for the night. Trains 48/49 are the sole remnant of New York Central's extensive service connecting New York and Chicago. Photo by Otto M. Vondrak

Amtrak Photo GalleryAmtrak Regional at Milford, Connecticut

Barely disturbing the calm waters of the Wepawaug River, Amtrak Train 143 rolls westbound through Milford, Connecticut on November 12, 2005. The former New Haven mainline hugs the shore of Long Island Sound, producing many fixed and movable water crossings along the way. Photo by Otto M. Vondrak

Amtrak Photo GalleryLake Shore detour through the Bronx

Amtrak 717 leads a detouring Lake Shore Limited through the Spuyten Duyvil section of the Bronx on Metro-North's Hudson Line. Amtrak trains have not called on Grand Central Terminal since 1991, but a series of planned work windows created the unique routing for two weekends in October 2008. Photo by Otto M. Vondrak

Amtrak Photo GalleryLake Shore Limited arrives in Kodak City

The New York-bound Lake Shore Limited arrives in Rochester, New York on December 3, 2010. The Kodak headquarters tower rises in the distance, keeping silent sentinal over a city that has witnessed the slow change from factory town to high-technology center. Photo by Otto M. Vondrak

Amtrak Photo GalleryOne electric, one diesel, both manufactured by Electro-Motive

Can you spot the two EMD products in this photo? Based on a Swedish design, EMD produced the AEM-7 electric locomotive between 1978 and 1988 using bodies by Budd and parts from Sweden. Amtrak 927 leads a westbound Regional train into Bridgeport, Connecticut, passing an elderly EMD FL9 holding the main with a Metro-North Waterbury Branch train on layover on August 4, 2007. The FL9's were built for the New Haven Railroad and were the last production cab units manufactured by EMD. Photo by Otto M. Vondrak

Railfan Photo Line

Railfan Photo Line welcomes your submissions. We're looking for a themed topic (and "theme" can be interpreted fairly broadly) with five to eight photos. Each photo should be no smaller than 14 inches (or 1024 pixels) across at 72 dpi (no verticals, please). Brief caption information must accompany each photo. The best way to submit Photo Line candidates is via e-mail with "Photo Line" in the subject line and no more than two photos attached per e-mail. Please send your submissions to Editor Steve Barry for consideration.

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