Chicago celebrates National Train Day

May 10, 2008 5:05:53 PM PDT
A big crowd gathered at Union Station Saturday to help celebrate the first National Train Day.The activities recalled May 10, 1869, a historic day when a golden spike in Utah completed the final tie that linked 1776 miles of track.

Many events Saturday were aimed at youngsters, but part of the celebration honored special senior citizens: the legendary porters whose service helped railroads succeed.

"I started back in '63 right out of high school. It was a very good experience for me. It was my first opportunity to be away from home, and it provided me income to help me continue my education, too," former railroad porter Raymond Willis told ABC7 Chicago.

This week, ABC7's 'Newsviews' focuses on Amtrak, which is carrying a record number of passengers for the sixth consecutive year.

Newsviews airs Sunday during the news broadcast that begins at 8 a.m.


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