Amtrak launched operations in 1971. At first the locomotive used coaches and motive power it acquired from various railroads that were leaving the passenger railroad business to government-created Amtrak.
By the late 1970s, railroad were not in a state of good repair. The issue over railroad safety and repair became an issue after a June 1977 Conrail derailment in Metuchen, N.J. In that wreck, 17 cars derailed and took the busy Northeast Corridor out of commission.
The Roy O. Disney locomotive has an incredible story. The locomotive, formerly No. 251 of the United Railways of Yucatan, was one of five Disney officials purchased in Mexico for potential use in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
Dozens of freight trains pass through Marietta, which grew up along the Western and Atlantic Railroad’s main lines. The tracks run just a block from the city square Sand offer a safe viewing area of this heavily traveled main line.