Amtrak First Class

First-class sleeping car passengers received this packet of materials, enclosed in a sealed plastic bag, from Amtrak in the 1970s. There’s no date on any of these materials, but the “First Class” logo matches the logo used on yesterday’s 1972 brochure. In addition to these papers, the packet included a cheap ballpoint pen that I didn’t try to reproduce here.

Click image to download a 1.5-MB PDF of this folder.

This folder was made of very stiff paperboard and was designed to be about a quarter of an inch thick in order to contain the pen. The First Class logo was embossed on the cover.

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In side the folder, this welcome-aboard card encourages passengers to enjoy complimentary wine and cheese, eat in the diner, and take advantage of complimentary shoeshine service.

Click image to download a 354-KB PDF of this letterhead.

The packet also contained at least two sheets of this letterhead. As far as I know, this is the only on-board stationery Amtrak ever offered its passengers.

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There were also two matching envelopes per packet.

Click image to download a 761-KB PDF of this brochure.

Finally, the packet included a comments card to allow passengers to sound off about late trains, uncomfortable and broken-down equipment, and surly on-board staff.

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