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Army-Navy Game flyer, 1970s.

Multicolor printed paper flyer promoting travel aboard Amtrak to the Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia; dates to the 1970s.

Army-Navy Game flyer, 1970s.

One of the longest running and most famous college football rivalries is between the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy. The first game was played in 1890 at West Point, but by 1899 it had moved to Philadelphia, easily accessible from West Point and Annapolis. Over the years, the Army-Navy Game has largely stayed in the City of Brotherly Love, moving in 1936 to the larger Municipal Stadium (later renamed after President John F. Kennedy) at the southern end of Broad Street. The increasingly popular annual event attracted crowds from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, so much so that the Pennsylvania (PRR) and Baltimore and Ohio railroads began running special trains directly to the stadium.

Amtrak continued this tradition after taking over the nation's intercity passenger rail services in 1971. This flyer highlights special Amtrak services from Washington to Philadelphia, with intermediate stops at the Capital Beltway, Baltimore and Wilmington stations. In the early 1970s, the train may have been pulled by one of the famed GG-1 locomotives originally built for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

From the Ann Owens Collection.