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At the Museum of the American Railroad in Dallas, dozens of locomotives and train cars illustrate railroading history. This 1967 Santa Fe locomotive pulled the famous Super Chief passenger train between Chicago and Los Angeles. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

A few blocks north of the Fort Worth Convention Center and its supporting cast of restaurants, wine bars, and plush hotels, the railroad still rolls into town much as it did in 1876, when the city became a major shipping point for livestock headed to northern markets. There are no cattle today, but freight cars carrying everything from auto parts and coal to orange juice rumble through every few hours, the full-throated whistles lending a note of nostalgia to the downtown streetscape. Periodically, blue-and-silver passenger trains, operated by Amtrak these days, arrive at the new Intermodal Transportation Center from points north and south.

Published in CULTURE & LIFESTYLE
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