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Reservation Center evolution.

Reservation systems move into the digital age. Montage dated June 11, 1976.

Reservation Center evolution.

WE'VE COME A LONG WAY - Amtrak has progressed from the early days of manually-operated carousel-style reservation control boards to today's sophisticated computerized systems.

Above: San Francisco Reservation Center in 1973.

Below: Amtrak's Automatic Reservation and Ticketing System (ARTS) was fully implemented across the nation on June 27, 1974. ARTS achieved a major milestone when it issued more than 1 million tickets in August 1978.

Photo courtesy of Kalmbach Publishing Co.