Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bidding B&O passenger trains goodbye

With the coming of Amtrak 40 years ago last week, many of the nation's fabled and storied passenger trains, including the Baltimore & Ohio's premier Capitol Limited, which sailed daily between Washington and Chicago for nearly 50 years, began their final runs April 30, 1971.
The clock inextricably ticked toward midnight when at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 1971, the National Railroad Passenger Corp. — better known as Amtrak — would assume operation of 182 passenger trains with 21 intercity routes that served 314 American cities and towns.
Another 178 were doomed to extinction, as rail fans across the nation watched, many with cameras to record their passing, bidding them godspeed as they rolled off the timetables and into memory. Continued

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