||Long and medium distance passenger train services in the USA are
operated by Amtrak. At New Haven station on 10 June 1994, 273
has just arrived with the "Connecticut Yankee", the 06.35 from
Boston via the 'Inland Route' though Springfield.
||Major cities have their own commuter rail networks. In the Chicago
area, the local operator is known as 'Metra',
and this picture shows their 16.00 service from Chicago after
arrival at its destination, Downers Grove Main Street, on
7 June 1994. Note the double-deck coaching stock.
||Commuter services between Washington DC and Maryland (to the
north) are operated by Maryland Transit Administration, trading as MARC. Their electric
locomotive no. 4900 is seen at Baltimore on 12 June 1994.
||The only route in the USA to operate a fast, frequent service
which compares with European 'Inter-City' service levels, is that
along the eastern seaboard between Washington DC and New York City
(and to a lesser extent northwards to Boston). On my visit in 1994,
I thought it had many similarities with Britain's West Coast Main
Line, with fairly modern electric trains operating at 100mph (with a
few at 125mph) over dilapidated infrastructure. In this photo,
electric locomotive no.930 stands at Baltimore station, at the head
of the 15.30 Washington - New York service, on 12 June 1994.
|US railways' main traffic is freight. This is a northbound freight
operated by CSX, near Rivervale, Maryland, on 3 June 1994.