Monday, December 15, 2008

Inauguration Special to Bring Obamas and Bidens to Washington

Associated Press reports President-elect Barack Obama and his family will arrive in Washington on a special train originating in Philadelphia. The Obamas will arrive in the nation's capital January 17, three days ahead of his inauguration. The special will stop in Wilmington, DE, where it will pick up Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his family, and in Baltimore.

No word yet on whether the train will use Amtrak equipment or private vehicles. Philadelphia is home to Bennett Levin's Pennsylvania Railroad E-8 locomotives and private cars in the Pennsy's tuscan red and gold paint scheme.

Regardless, the special will be a great public relations coup for passenger rail. Both Obama and Biden are strongly pro-rail, and the subject of high-speed rail comes up in discussions on proposals for infrastructure investment tied to an economic stimulus package that could be awaiting Obama's signature when he takes office.

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