Today (May 1) marks the 45th anniversary since the startup of Amtrak. Shown at top is a comparison of the passenger carrier’s first timetable and, as turns out, what will be the last system timetable that it plans to print.
A lot of changed in 45 years and not just the front covers of the system timetables. In 1971, Amtrak was mostly just a name. It had a handful of employees and relied on its contract railroads to perform nearly every task involved in getting the trains over the road as well as serviced and re-stocked.
For a first day ceremony, Amtrak had Penn Central E8A No. 4316 painted in a one-of-a-kind livery. The Pennsylvania Railroad locomotive continued to work in Amtrak service in this livery for several months and sometimes passed through Northeast Ohio on the Broadway Limited.
In the bottom photograph above, it is shown in Chicago. It would later become Amtrak No. 322 and, in 1977, Amtrak No. 461, the second locomotive to wear that number. It was retired from the Amtrak roster in July 1981.