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Amtrak - USA Map (semi-fictional)
« on: May 06, 2018, 02:49:58 PM »
Foundation 1965
Initial Funds 50M$
(USA Highway Revolt map)

1965-1970 Project North-east
The first big project of Amtrak was the North-east Corridor, with double line between the capital and New York, and single track from NY to Boston. It costed 20M dollars. The same year, was open the phase B, between NY and Boston. The phase A is in double track, since it connects major cities, from NY to Boston is in single line, double at stations. New York Station is underground, as the Stamford station.

DC Union Station only has two tracks, but when the line expands south more will be added.

US1 from the capital to Salisbury.


Interchange of US1 and SR1.


Philadelphia Station. We can see two different series. The red one, German production, is from AMTK E1670 series, used for the long service DC-Boston. The Orange one is AMTK E673 (E670 series, Japanese production). They also do the long service.


This is the North-east Regional Line, from Boston to New Haven, connecting Worcester, Springfield and Hartford. This line was built in 1969, but only in 1970 was fully operational, with two trains, the AMTK 560 series.





In 1970, Amtrak had an annual profit of 2 million dollars, but still with negative cash flow, since these two lines were built and many trains bought. It sold per year 1 million tickets.
For the next ten year period, the company will focus on building a line to Virginia Beach and reduce overcrowding in the major cities.

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Re: Amtrak - USA Map (semi-fictional)
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2018, 08:27:41 PM »
1971-1980 The East Project

With the East Project, Amtrak promised expanding it's services to Virginia Beach and other cities south of Washington DC. To make it cheap, the lines were not electrified and were single track. The most expensive part is always the trains. Several diesel trains were bought to Japan, each one around 600 thousand dollars. The national company wanted too to enter the goods transport marked, and so created the Amtrak Goods.

An oil/crude transport line was created between Bangor (north of Boston) and Salisbury Oil-Fired Power plant. To do so, a new port was created. It started in May 1971.



In July 1971, the Spanish AMTK M010 was bought by Amtrak Goods to transport wool from Springfield, MA to the Baltimore Textile Factory. This loco reaches speeds of 130 km/h. Below we can see the wool train and a regional at Worcester.


In 1974, Amtrak Goods spent more than 6 million dollars on 20 oil ships. This reduced significantly Amtrak funds, and since the oil was less than expected, some ships were sold.
In March this same year, the railway arrived at Richmond.


In 1976, the federal government wanted a high-speed line. For Amtrak this project was not important, since the Northeast Express was working well with the passengers needs. Nevertheless the works began. A low budget line was built between Baltimore and Edison. No electrification, tracks that can stand 280 km/h, and renovation of stations.



Philadelphia Station was totally rebuilt, first to add the high speed platforms and later to add 2 conventional platforms.


The same happened at Edison station.

In 1976, the first HST (HS1), English production, started operating, reaching speeds of 200 km/h.


From December 76, the NE Express no longer stopped at Trenton, NJ. The passengers arriving/departing this station were not enough.

In April 77 the first Amtrak's regional service arrives at Virginia Beach.



1977 and 1978 were the years railway arrived at Rocky Mount and Raleigh, respectively.



By the end of 78, the Silver Line of Washington DC metropolitan railway opened to the public.


Renovations at Arlington Textile Factory Yard (Silver Line)



DC Metropolitan (1979)

DC Union Station after renovation and expansion


And finally, the AMTK 570. Japanese train bought for the Raleigh Corridor, priced at 600k $