Bob Pence has photos of the first Amtrak Broadway Limited’s arrival in Fort Wayne on May 1, 1971.
Amtrak came on-line with it’s operations on this date. Â The Broadway Limited had run through Fort Wayne for many years behind Pennsylvania Railroad steam locomotives and diesel engines. Â In fact, the train cars and engines were still carrying Penn Central markings as they’d not had time to repaint the equipment. Â For several years after Amtrak began operations, you would see a hodge-podge of colors and heralds as passenger trains travelled the rails.
Some interesting things to look for in his photo spread, is a photo of the old Wabash Railroad station, a cracked window on one of the passenger cars, the fashions and the refueling equipment that was located behind the Baker Street Station. Â As exciting as this time might have been, the time of the steam locomotives was even better and more vibrant.
Enjoy the photos – and thanks to Bob for sharing his wonderful collection with us!