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Railroad: Amtrak - the National Railroad Passenger Corporation


Penn CentralAmtrakin operation

Built: 1848-1855

Became: Purchased the line from Kalamazoo to Porter, Indiana from Penn Central in 1976.

Reference: [MRRC]


The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, known as Amtrak, was created out of the bankruptcy of the Penn Central and other railroads in the 1970's. The purpose of Amtrak was to take over most intercity passenger railroad operations from struggling common carrier railroad companies. Amtrak began operations in 1971. In 1976, Amtrak purchased from Penn Central their former main line from Kalamazoo to Porter, Indiana which they had been using with little freight operation present. Amtrak continues to own this line as of 2016 and parts of it have been brought up to 125 mph operation.

In 2014, the State of Michigan purchased the remainder of the line between Kalamazoo and Detroit from the Norfolk Southern railroad, the successor owner of a series of railroads beginning with the State's central line, the Michigan Central, the New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail.