Amtrak in Boston 1971-1975

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Here are shots of Amtrak trains in the South Station and Back Bay Station
areas of Boston during the first few years of the corporation's existence.


The train board at South Station in December, 1971.
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In June, 1971 a five-car shoreline express is a mile south of
Back Bay passing Chick tower. E unit 4262 even looks good.
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In June, 1971 E unit 4276 brings a short shoreline express into South Station.
Bringing up the rear is a deadhead move
for an ex-NH Roger Williams cab car.
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In June, 1971 a short "Merchants Limited" follows E unit 4266 through the South Station throat.
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At the left is a shoreline express arriving at South Station in August, 1971. At the right,
in December 1973, is a departing train with E unit 4268, a green PC coach (ex-UP),
a PC snack bar coach (ex-PRR), and a PC parlor (ex-PC, PRR).
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It's the day after Christmas, 1971 and a heavy train
leaves Back Bay station. No Amtrak paint in sight yet.
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E unit 4263 moves a four-car shoreline express
from South Station to Back Bay in February, 1972.
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The "James Whitcomb Riley" leaving Back Bay in February 1972.
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It is February, 1972. At the left, the "Colonial" departs Back Bay.
At the center and right the "Narragansett" arrives with an
ex-Northern Pacific parlor providing first class service.
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The Senator is leaving Back Bay on February 12, 1972.
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Two versions of the "Merchants Limited". At left, on a dismal February 18, 1972, is one
with equally dismal Penn Central equipment; on the right, in July 1973, is a a mostly-Amtrak
version (with one PC 1500 series coach at the rear).
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In March, 1972 a four car shoreline express departs South Station
behind E unit 4253 with parlor 7134 "Johns Hopkins" at the rear.
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E unit 4255 and a GP9 leave Back Bay
station with
a train in October, 1972.
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Here, in October 1972, the "Night Owl" approaches Back Bay station nearly completing its trip from Washington, D.C.
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The "Southern Crescent" is leaving Back Bay station for much warmer climes on this very cold March 1972 day.
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The "Southern Crescent" leaving Back Bay in November 1972.
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In March, 1973 one GP9 easily handles a three
car shoreline train out of Back Bay station.

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It's May 1973 and the "Champion" is leaving Back Bay
station for Florida with a mixed bag of decent equipment,
except for the three PC coaches bringing up the rear.
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This is May 1973 and the "Champion" is leaving Back Bay station.
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This is June 1973 and the "Champion" is leaving Back Bay station.
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This is July 1973 and the "Champion" is leaving Back Bay station.
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Champion equipment July 1973.
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Champion equipment November 1973.
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November 1973 sees the Champion leaving Back Bay station.
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At left, in December, 1973 a Southern Crescent leaves Back Bay station
composed of largely refurbished equipment. The remaining photos are
from September, 1974, where the coach section now is all run-down Penn Central cars.
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A shoreline express leaves Back Bay station in June, 1974.
Largely Amtrak coaches, but still those ugly black PC E units.

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Another shoreline express leaves Back Bay station in June, 1974.
Also largely Amtrak coaches, and still the black PC E units.
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Here in July, 1974, the Southern Crescent leaves
South Station with a host of ex-New Haven coaches.
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In September, 1974 the Southern Crescent has an SDP40F for
power and one refurbished coach among its ex-New Haven coaches.
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A typical off-peak corridor train arrives at Back Bay station in September, 1974.
The consist is Amtrak coach 6017, PC snack bar coach 3240, and PC coach 3165 (ex-D&RGW).
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In September, 1974 a heavy corridor train leaves Back Bay station behind three E units, lead by PC 297 with
Amtrak 295 and 294. Following them is parlor 3645, "Betsy Ross" and further behind is PC coach 1512.
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Another corridor train departs Back Bay in September, 1974 behind Amtrak E unit 296. Following
is PC parlor 7142 "Roger Williams", Amtrak (ex-SP) coach 4414, and Amtrak (ex-UP) coach 4401.
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Leaving Back Bay in October, 1974 is a corridor train behind E unit 304. Following is coach 5436
(ex-PC, PRR), snack bar coach 3955 (ex-PC, NYC), coach 7000 (ex-RF&P), and Diner 8324 (ex-8324).
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Another October, 1974 departure from Back Bay follows E unit 283. The train includes coach 5239
(ex-C&O), Diner 8324 (ex-SP), Parlor-baggage 1703, "Wyndham County" (ex-PC, NH).
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E unit 287 and mate prepare to leave South Station
with a shoreline express in
October, 1974.
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It's now March, 1975. PC black is still evident on E unit 299, leaving Back Bay. In the train behind
is parlor 3634 (ex-PC, PRR), Diner 8014 (ex-SCL), coach 7258 (ex-PC, NH), coach 5243 (ex-C&O),
coach 6059 (ex-L&N), and coach 5623 (ex-SCL).
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In April, 1975, single E unit 282 leads five coaches at Back Bay. Following is PC coach 1597, PC
coach 1543, PC snack bar coach 3231, coach lounge 3851 (ex-PC, NH), and coach 6070 (ex-PC, PRR).
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Here's another 1975 Southern Crescent behind E units 297 and 308. The equipment includes coach
5409 (ex-SCL), PC coach 2916 (ex-NYC), coach 6075 (ex-PC-PRR), Lunch Counter-Diner 8339 (ex-UP),
coach 6065 (ex-SCL), coach 5678 (ex-PC, NYC), and parlor-baggage 1701, "Washington County).
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A 1975 shoreline express behind beat-up E unit 303. The train includes
Diner 8337 (ex-NYC), coach 6807 (ex-PRR), and coach 6069 (ex-PRR).
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Another 1975 "Southern Crescent" departs Back Bay. Following E unit 277 and another unit is
coach 6074 (ex-PRR), coach 6807 (ex-PRR), coach 6055 (ex-L&N), coach 6077 (ex-RF&P), coach
5675 (ex-NYC), Lunch Counter-Diner 8399 (ex-UP), and parlor-baggage 1702 "Fairfield County".
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In December, 1975, the Lakeshore Limited leaves Back Bay station behind SDP40DF 590 and
E B unit 450. The consist is coach
5400 (ex-SCL), sleeper "Angel Island", an unidentified coach,
coach 5645 (ex-NYC), and galley lounge 3322 "Anthony Wayne" (ex PC, PRR).
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In December 1974 (right) and January 1975 we find SDP40Fs at South Station.
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Here is the Turbo Train at Back Bay in February, 1974, showing its Department of
Transportation color scheme.
The rightmost image is at South Station in December, 1973.
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Here is the Turbo Train in Amtrak colors and it looks good! At the left is a May, 1974 view;
the center two are from December, 1974. The second from right shot is arriving at Back Bay in June, 1974.
The rightmost shot is leaving South Station in February, 1975.
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