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Inaugural Pioneer at Boise, Idaho, 1977.

Black and white photograph from the June 15, 1977, issue of Amtrak NEWS.

Inaugural <i>Pioneer</i> at Boise, Idaho, 1977.

The inaugural special of the Pioneer (Seattle-Salt Lake City) ran from June 4-6, 1977. Members of the press and state and local political and transportation officials rode aboard the train, and at each stop, the general public was invited to tour the new Amfleet equipment. According to an article in Amtrak NEWS, the busiest stops were at Boise, Idaho and Pendleton, Ore.—each had more than 3,000 visitors. The special consisted of two F40PH locomotives, two Amdinettes and four Amcoaches; regular revenue service began on June 7th.

In this image, Amtrak President and CEO Paul Reistrup addresses the crowd at the historic Union Pacific depot, noted for its soaring bell tower and manicured grounds.

Photographer: Unknown for Amtrak.