Saturday, May 14, 2011

High-speed railway development compared to transcontinential effort

VALPARAISO — A declaration from Gov. Mitch Daniels declaring Friday as National Train Day in the state made note of the May 10, 1869, placement of a famous golden spike.
On that date, the spike officially joined the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads and making the first transcontinental railway, created by President Abraham Lincoln.
Speaking before an audience of about 50 people in the Harre Union ballroom on the Valparaiso University campus, Joseph Szabo, the Federal Rail Administration chief, drew parallels between Lincoln’s creation of the railway and President Barack Obama’s commitment to expand the country’s rail system. Continued

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