Amtrak: Connecting America for 50 years

There was an era when the other side of the country

might as well have been the other side of the world.

That’s the way it stayed

until brave and brilliant pioneers

built railroads to open new opportunities

and bring a sprawling nation closer together.

Passenger trains remained central to America’s story

until the mid-20th century

when the reliable locomotive fell on hard times.

While private railroads teetered on the brink of failure,

a bold Congress, hearing widespread public support,

stepped in to fund a unified passenger rail system…

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