Jackie Kennedy Rides ‘Landmark Express’ in 1978
Our trains help you make everlasting memories.
Today, we’re reminiscing about an unforgettable train ride from 34 years (and 24 hours!) ago when the Committee To Save Grand Central Terminal fought to keep the memory of the station alive.
In an effort to preserve Grand Central’s history, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis traveled from New York City to Washington D.C. on a super cool Amtrak train, dubbed the “Landmark Express,” with 400 other supporters on April 16th, 1978.
(In full Jackie Kennedy character, she elegantly aimed to thank every fellow rider according to an article in the Amtrak NEWS.)
Once in the capital, they headed to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Penn Central Transportation Company argue New York City about making the train station a historic landmark. This is no surprise: Train stations feature some of the best architecture in the country. Travel + Leisure even named Washington Union Station one of the most beautiful train stations in the world!
Take a trip to Washington, D.C. to check it out … and visit other iconic spots like the Supreme Court to learn about all the landmark decisions they’ve made regarding, um, landmarks.
Either way, make new memories with Amtrak today.
To learn more about the history of Amtrak, visit history.amtrak.com.