David Klein designed this early Amtrak poster featuring a Budd electric car built originally for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Amtrak, when formed in 1971, absorbed a number of passenger rail services including that of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Budd car was advertised to have a top speed of 150 mph, presumably the basis of the boast along the lower margin, “one of the fastest…”, but it was usually run at about 90 mph, a more mundane speed. The design was clearly based on the great posters of the 30’s and 40’s that featured sleek, aerodynamic speedsters. And as with those earlier classics, this poster implies the speed, power and mystic of the modern train. Maybe the best of the modern train posters.
The poster, a photolithograph, is backed on acid-free linen. Its condition is very good, with small repairs at the 4 corners due to tape removal.
height – 40″; width – 24.5″