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Longview celebrates 40 years of Texas Eagle

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Texas Eagle ready to pass through the 40 year banner (Source: City of Longview) Texas Eagle ready to pass through the 40 year banner (Source: City of Longview)
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A ceremony in Longview Friday marked the success of a longtime Amtrak train run.

Amtrak's Texas Eagle celebrated 40 years of service, breaking through a ceremonial banner on its typical morning run. Longview city officials and Amtrak officials were on hand to celebrate the train's success.

A city proclamation was read recognizing today as "Texas Eagle Day". Grif Hubbard was here when the first Eagle came through in 1974.

"Forty years ago I was indeed a part of the original inaugural ceremonies for the Texas Eagle," recalls Hubbard.

Christina Anderson has been a passenger on the Eagle before.

"There's just no way to describe how relaxing it is. You have dinner or lunch and you meet new people from across the United States. It is such a civilized and enjoyable way to ride," says Anderson.

Once thought to be in its dying days, the Eagle has made a comeback. The St. Louis to Houston run now carries 50,000 passengers a year through Longview.

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