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What's In A Name?

Amtrak -- "AMERICAN"+"TRACK": Forget Rail-pax, the unofficial but popular name of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. Consultants Lippincott & Margulies (the people who did CP Rail's image revamp) searched for "a short, powerful name, easy to pronounce and remember, with high visual impact for easy recognition on moving trains or in a crowded passenger car yard," and came up with a contraction of "American" and "track": Amtrak. The accompanying "motion-mark" symbol will appear in patriotic red, white, and blue. (Trains magazine, June 1971, page 12)

Amtrak Pages

Amtrak's HEP Program -- Information about Amtrak's Head End Power (HEP) program.

Amtrak HEP Cars -- Information about Amtrak cars equipped with Head End Power.

Amtrak HEP Locomotives -- Information about Amtrak HEP locomotives; includes a brief summary of Amtrak's steam-heat SDP40F locomotives.

UP Cars Sold To Amtrak -- Information about the 163 former UP cars purchased by Amtrak in 1971 through 1977 (Heritage Fleet)

Amtrak In Utah -- Information about the operations and facilities of National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) in Utah.

Amtrak Mail and Express -- Information about Amtrak's dedicated mail and express service, and the equipment it used; includes information about the Material Handling Cars, the express box cars, the ExpressTrak reefers, and the RoadRailers.