The "Capitol Corridor" is the name of the Amtrak passenger train route between California's capital, Sacramento, and San Jose, the state's first capital upon admission to the Union in 1850. The scenery between these two areas highlights vastly different land uses; examples include an industrialized shoreline covered with a forest of petroleum refineries, urban areas transitioning from industrial to residential use, and a wildlife refuge disturbed only by the passage of trains. The Capitol Corridor is now an integral part of the transportation scene in Northern California. Since 1991, its equipment and infrastructure have evolved to keep pace with technology as well as the area's dynamic economic and social environment.
About the Author
Author and photographer Matthew Gerald Vurek has produced a geographic pictorial of the quarter-century of changes to the trains and the railroad along the Capitol Corridor. His photographs not only depict Amtrak but also the trains of host railroad Southern Pacific (Union Pacific since September 11, 1996) and special excursion trains, unusual equipment, and the new and refurbished railroad depots the corridor has nurtured.