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I thought this was a good beginning for this thread.
On this Day in History on May 1, 1971 Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) took over the national inter-city railroad passenger service in the United States.

Bill Anderson

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Thanks. for posting. I was a student at Washington State University (Go Cougs!) that day and mourned the passing of the several name trains of the NP and GN that ran through Spokane between Chicago and Seattle . I'm sure there are a sizeable number of members who were not even born yet. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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