Usually the most exciting view on a train ride takes place outside of the car. But back in the 1970s, the interior was just as lively. In May 1971, launched 23 new routes so the company came up with new contemporary designs, stylish dining cars and uniforms involving hot pants to revitalize themselves. You're welcome in advance for this funky walk down memory road.
In 1970, President Richard Nixon introduced the Rail Passenger Service Act, resulting in the launch the United States' first national passenger railroad service. Then the Amtrak launched the following year.
The Amtrak employees' outfits were the biggest sign of the times. We're talking hot pants and knee-high boots. Their sweaters also proudly showed off the company's inverted arrow logo.
According to an article in the February 1972 issue of Penn Central Post, Amtrak wanted the uniforms to be modern in spirit, but retain the colorful traditions of American railroading, citing the theme as "nostalgic newness."
The interior design of the trains were colorful and stylish as well. If you were lucky enough to travel in first class, you got to sit in a reclining swivel chair and even use the phone booth onboard.
Seriously, the chairs look like it's just begging you to fall asleep in them.
And first class passengers were lucky enough to get an aisle and a window seat at the same time. Talk about a dream come true.
Posters from this era were used to remind people of the power of rail travel. Given the delays involved in air transportation, we're sure the promise to stay ahead of schedule was quite enticing.
If passengers were on particularly long rides, they could head over to the dining car and eat at a lunch counter diner. This car featured a 13-seat counter and had a pantry and kitchen on the other end. People could also bring their food back with them to their seats.
The company even used advertisements to make passengers laugh and therefore remember their services. Clever.
Even though we can't imagine an attendant wearing hot pants today, it's impossible to deny Amtrak added some serious life to their company with the changes they made in the '70s. Color and creativity can go a long way.