Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary

Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary

In tribute to Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary, Marshall Depot Board of Directors announces year-long commemoration to honor Amtrak’s 50 years of connecting America

May 1, 2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of Amtrak. In honor of this important milestone for our nation, the Marshall Depot Board of Directors is announcing a year-long commemoration and celebration of Amtrak.

This commemoration will focus on providing information and events that highlight the important role that Amtrak has played and continues to play in providing an essential transportation option for the people of America and our community. It will also underscore benefits Amtrak provides to urban as well as rural communities, such as Marshall, in connecting cities throughout America through its vast National Network.

“On behalf of the volunteer Board of Directors of the Marshall Depot Inc., we ask people of our community and our region to join us in wishing Amtrak a happy 50th birthday.”  said Cathy Wright, current president of the Marshall Depot Board. “We appreciate all that Amtrak does for the people of Marshall and our community.”

Out of the approximately 20,000 cities in America, only about 525 cities are fortunate to have an Amtrak stop and Marshall, Texas is fortunate to be one of those cities.  Marshall, Texas is a stop on the Texas Eagle long-distance route. The Texas Eagle connects San Antonio to Chicago, with stops that include Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas, Little Rock and St. Louis, in addition to Marshall.

Christina Anderson, who serves as the chairman of the 2021 community fundraising campaign which is currently underway for the non-profit Marshall Depot, shared the following:

“We thought Amtrak’s 50th anniversary would also provide an excellent opportunity to continue to raise awareness in our community about the remarkable benefits that Amtrak and our historic Marshall Depot bring to our community with regard to transportation, tourism, economic development, quality of life, not to mention just a fun way to travel.”

Ms. Anderson also pointed out a benefit distinctive to Marshall that many community members might not be aware of which brings in tens of thousands of dollars of revenue to our local economy each year. That is, Marshall is one of only a few stops on the Texas Eagle route that is a crew change stop.

Ms. Anderson explained: “That means that not only do tourists and visitors spend dollars when they travel here by train, but six Amtrak crew members who stay in Marshall each night provide ‘heads on beds’ in a local hotel. This results in at least 2,190 hotel stays in Marshall each year, not counting any visitors or tourists who may travel here by Amtrak and may add additional hotel nights.”

She further explained that these six crew members also spend dollars at local restaurants, stores, and with a local van service. In fact, over the past 19 years of Marshall serving as a crew change stop, the total revenue to our local economy for Amtrak’s spending for these crews has been approximately $4.1 million.

“So, in addition to being a transportation hub which connects us to the National Network right in the heart of historic downtown Marshall,” Ms. Anderson shared, “the Marshall Depot and Amtrak are also very valuable assets with regard to generating revenue for our community.”

The Marshall Depot is one of only a few depots on the Texas Eagle route that is not maintained and operated by the city it serves. The Marshall Depot is instead maintained by a volunteer board of directors for the non-profit entity Marshall Depot Inc, which was established in 1990 to assist the City with the Depot. This volunteer board raises funds, through grants and donations, to maintain the funding needed each year for the operational costs, insurance, maintenance, and ongoing preservation of the Depot and the Texas & Pacific Railway Museum. In the past, the City had assisted with these annual costs.

For those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to the non-profit Marshall Depot Inc. in the 2021 fundraising campaign, which began in late March, please make a request to receive materials in the mail about this by calling or leaving a message at (903) 938-8373. Or you can make a tax-deductible donation by sending a check to:  Marshall Depot Inc., 800 North Washington Avenue, Suite 1, Marshall, Texas 75670.

Alan Loudermilk, who serves on the Marshall Depot Board and is owner of the popular Ginocchio Restaurant which is located adjacent to the Marshall Depot, has graciously offered to have a small display at the restaurant with information, donation cards, and envelopes so that customers who wish to make a donation to the Depot can pick up materials while they’re dining at the restaurant.

Cathy Wright also shared that the Marshall Depot Board is making plans and putting in place the necessary health-related precautions to re-open the T & P Railway Museum which is located at the Marshall Depot soon. The Museum has been closed during the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also, Amtrak recently announced that, on May 24, it would restore daily service to long-distance trains, including the Texas Eagle. In 2020, because of the pandemic, Amtrak reduced daily service to three days a week.

Christina Anderson concluded by saying: “Marshall, Texas is blessed to have a long and strong history as a ‘railroad town.’  The I-20 Corridor Council and the Texas Eagle Marketing and Performance Organization (TEMPO) join the members of the Marshall Depot Board in wishing all current and past members of the Amtrak family a happy, prosperous 50th Anniversary and a strong and prosperous 50 years to come. As one of the new Amtrak taglines says: “The Future Rides With Us.”


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U.S. Will Impose New Ban On Travel From India, As Coronavirus Rages


“…Experts say the exact reason behind this trend is unclear, but could include the rise of variants, relaxed attitudes towards distancing and other mitigation measures, a younger population that is not yet fully vaccinated and vaccine hesitancy. It could also be merely more younger people getting the disease…There is a very sharp increase…in younger adults… these are largely people who think that their age is protecting them from getting very sick from COVID-19, that is not happening…40% of our cases were under the age of 40, which is mind-boggling…Hospitals are seeing more and more younger adults, those in their 30s and 40s, admitted with severe disease,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky reported during a press briefing earlier this month.

Colorado sees rapid spread of cases among middle and high school students.

Half‐year follow‐up of patients recovering from severe COVID‐19: Analysis of symptoms and their risk factors

(J. Harris: Excellent article for Long Haulers and their families detailing the frequency of various long term health problems after Covid).


1. Merck Announces Voluntary Licensing Agreements With Five Indian Generics Manufacturers to Boost Access to COVID-19 Therapeutic (Homeland Preparedness News) Merck has reached voluntary licensing agreements with five Indian generics manufacturers to produce molnupiravir for the COVID-stricken nation, granting it another oral therapeutic to aid the COVID-19 pandemic. While molnupiravir is currently being studied in a phase three trial to treat non-hospitalized patients with COVID-19, these agreements will allow Merck to accelerate the availability of the therapeutic in India and other low and middle-income countries following approvals or emergency authorization by regulatory agencies. Some vaccinated people are still getting covid. Here’s why you shouldn’t worry. (MIT Tech Review) Tens of millions of people in the United States have now been fully vaccinated against covid-19. These people are seeing friends, eating out, and—in rare cases—getting infected.

J. Harris: What I like about this NYT Tracker Chart is that it comes daily and compares the disease incidences in area counties as well as the state, US, and world with “Daily Cases Per 100,000 [population].” There are fewer man-made distortions in the numbers. They are also a tremendous time-saver. You can also make your own tracker and keep up with areas of personal interest. 



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So-are-we-never-going-to-learn headline of the day

So-are-we-never-going-to-learn headline of the day

By George Smith

“Chris Christie Gives One-Term, Twice-Impeached Trump An ‘A’ For His Presidency”

This is the same former New Jersey governor who said Trump was double-dog-dead-ass wrong in contesting the 2020 election. This is the same guy who called the president’s legal team a “national embarrassment”.

Chris Christie has already set his sights on running for president, even if Trump decides to run; he is sacrificing his soul by trying to buddy-up to the Trumpuppet Clan.

The most prominent Republicans, those that think they can lead the party out of its self-ordained quagmire, are four-square pitiful and are embarrassing themselves by constantly rubbing Trump’s belly for luck.

Trump ain’t Buddha. He’s Trump. And it should be clear by now that all those around him, all those that rush to bask in his aura, all who will do whatever it takes to win support from his Clan of Cultish  Clowns…are doomed to be sucked into history’s vacuum and forever labeled as pathetic, corrupt, unAmerican losers.

The story of the era of Trump is already written. And more indictments of this era of political tomfoolery and folderol are being immortalized by today’s vaunted historians right now.

Doris Ketns Goodwin, Jon Meacham, Michael Beschloss and Robert McDonald will dissect Trump’s president “seven ways to Sunday,” as my grandfather used to say.

And those that supported the man, his vitriolic mission, his cartoon-car of idiotic ideas, his racist agenda, his tarnishing of the title he had, the prestige he enjoyed by his election…they are complicit in the corruption that ensued and the division that resulted from his and his party’s actions.

As a country, we will survive and thrive again. And every American should pray that we learned a valuable lesson over the last four years and pledge never to put our faith in a corrupt, ignorant, bumbling heretic again.


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