The Atlas HO Trainman Cupola Caboose Amtrak 14000 models the cupola caboose, which supposedly was invented in 1863 by T. B. Watson, a Conductor on the Chicago & North Western Railway, It was called a "cupola" caboose because an extension was built on top of the caboose with windows and seating for the crew, which enabled the crew greater visibility of the train in front of them (A "cupola" is defined as a structure built on top of a building as a lookout or to admit light or air). Cupola cabooses became the "standard" design for the caboose during the 19th and 20th Centuries. Newer designs such as bay window cabooses and extended vision cabooses (a type of cupola caboose) began replacing the cupola caboose in the late 1920s. However, the cupola caboose remained popular for many years after the new styles were introduced.
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Amtrak: The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, better known as "Amtrak", was formed from the passenger trains of the private US railroads, who with losses from passenger trains were exiting this business starting in the 1950s. The Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970 created Amtrak, which began operating most intercity US passenger trains in 1971. While the Nixon Administration and Congress most likely thought the legislation would result in the end of US rail passenger service, that result was not to be. The 1970s for Amtrak was characterized by repainting and refurbishing the passenger car fleets of the former passenger car service providers, and introducing new equipment. During the 1980s under the leadership of W. Graham Claytor Amtrak was able to stabilize its system, introduce faster trains to the Northeast Corridor, rebuild the Northeast Corridor (acquired in 1976), and add bi-level cars to Western trains. The 1990s to today Amtrak has seen modest growth in business while certain states such as Illinois,North Carolina, and California have partnered with Amtrak to enhance state rail service. Lack of a consistent funding source and depending on annual appropriations has left Amtrak cash-starved and struggling. With limited resources Amtrak has continued, under very difficult circumstances, to provide the United States a national passenger rail system.
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