Amtrak employs nearly 19,000 people. It operates passenger service on 21,000 miles of track primarily owned by freight railroads connecting 500 destinations in 46 states. In fiscal year 2008, Amtrak served 28.7 million passengers, representing six straight years of record ridership.
Amtrak - EMD F40PH - Green River Desert, Floy, Utah - May, 1989 - Eastbound Amtrak California Zephyr traverses the lunar surface between Solitude and Floy, Utah on the Rio Grande.
Amtrak - GE P32-8BWH - ATSF Stockton Subdivision - Orwood, California, March, 1993.
Amtrak - EMD F40PH - Woodside, Utah - June 12, 1989 - Thunderstorms blacken the Book Cliffs of the Green River Desert as a 15 car westbound Zephyr races out of desolate Woodside, Utah, on the Rio Grande.
Amtrak - EMD F40PH - MP 572.2 Tunnel 21 - Pryor, Oregon - August 26, 1991 - Haze from forest fires adds a surreal element to this view of Amtrak's southbound Coast Starlight climbing the western slopes of the Oregon Cascades near sunset.
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