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Renovated station to hold National Train Day event

May 3, 2013

National Train Day on May 11 marks the 42nd anniversary of Amtrak, which began operating most of the nation's passenger service on May 1, 1971. That date also marks the 162nd year since the ground-breaking for the Sunbury and Erie Railroad, which took place near Lock Haven on June 3, 1851. That railroad became the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad, connecting Erie with Philadelphia by 1864. It represented one of the earliest large-scale railroad building projects in the United States. The first passenger train arrived at the Jamestown station on August 25, 1860. This year, 2013, also marks the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit in Utah on May 10, 1869, which linked the United States from coast to coast by rail, reducing travel time from four months to one week.



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