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Niagara Rainbow at Niagara Falls, N.Y., 1978.

Black and white photo from the November 1978 issue of Amtrak NEWS showing the Niagara Rainbow (New York-Albany-Detroit) making its first stop at Niagara Falls, N.Y.

<i>Niagara Rainbow</i> at Niagara Falls, N.Y., 1978.

In the photo above, the eastbound Niagara Rainbow (Detroit-Albany-New York) makes its first scheduled stop in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on October 29, 1978, thereby restoring intercity passenger rail service to the city after a 17 year absence that predated the creation of Amtrak. As the train pulled into the refurbished station off Lockport Road northeast of downtown, it was met with cheers from the assembled crowd of more than 500 onlookers. Led by F40 locomotive No. 284, the train includes new Amfleet cars.

Earlier, the group had gathered in front of the depot to hear speeches by local and state officials including Congressman John LaFalce; William C. Hennessy, commissioner, New York Department of Transportation; and Niagara Falls Mayor Michael O'Loughlin. The Viking High School Marching Band from nearby Grand Island played musical selections, and Amtrak provided sweet rolls, coffee and soft drinks.

Photographer: Unknown for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.