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Crescent poster, 2000s.

Full color printed paper poster highlighting the route of the Crescent (New Orleans-New York); work was released in the 2000s.

<i>Crescent</i> poster, 2000s.

This poster is one of a series created for Amtrak by the Michael Schwab Studio to advertise cross-country routes. The Crescent follows a 1,377 mile route that takes it through 12 states and the District of Columbia.

When Amtrak was created by an act of Congress to take over operation of the nation's intercity passenger rail system on May 1, 1971, Southern Railway decided to maintain its premier service, the Southern Crescent, between New York and New Orleans. Not until eight years later did the company halt passenger operations and turn the Southern Crescent over to Amtrak.

On February 1, 1979, the train - renamed the Crescent - began daily operations. The first departure from Washington involved champagne toasts; upon arriving in New Orleans, passengers were greeted to the sounds of the Olympia Brass Band.

Graphic Artist: Michael Schwab (American) for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.