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Ceremony at the Martinsburg, W. Va., station, 1970s.

Black and white photograph showing a ceremony at the Martinsburg, W. Va., station; image likely dates to the mid-1970s.

Ceremony at the Martinsburg, W. Va., station, 1970s.

This image likely shows the inaugural run of the Shenandoah (Washington-Cumberland-Cincinnati) in October, 1976, as the train makes a stop at the historic depot in Martinsburg, W. Va. The Shenandoah, which ran until 1981, took its name from an earlier train operated by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O). An early flyer noted, "Now for the first time you can take in eye-opening daytime views of the beautiful Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains as you travel..." It also touted the use of new Amfleet cars on the route.

In the beginning, passengers could transfer to the combined Mountaineer/James Whitcomb Riley (later the Cardinal) at Cincinnati for connecting service to Chicago. Today, the portion of the route between Washington and Cumberland, Md. is covered by the Capitol Limited (Washington-Chicago).

The Martinsburg, W.Va., station shown in this image was constructed as a combination railroad hotel and depot between 1849 and 1866. During the Civil War, troops under Confederate General Stonewall Jackson destroyed the B&O roundhouses, shops and railyards in Martinsburg; the town would change hands nearly 40 times during the war. Starting in 1866, the railroad rebuilt the complex.

Photographer: Unknown. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.