1870s and 1880s: Strikes break out against railroads and the Pullman Palace Car Company. Corporations hire Pinkerton guards to break up the strikes. Nonetheless, much violence occurs in the strikes; folks are shot dead, buildings and rolling stock are burned, and reports of rioting shocks middle-class Americans.
1940s: World War II brings railroads the highest ridership in American history, as soldiers are being sent to fight overseas in the Pacific Theater and the European Theater. However, automobile travel causes ridership to decline after the war ends.
1950s and 1960s: Drastic decline in railroad travel in the United States of America, due to automobiles, trucks, and airplanes, as first jetliners take to the air. Railroads respond through mergers and attempts to shut down trains and railroad lines. However, the ICC refuses to let railroads shut down many trains.
1970s and 1980s: Amtrak introduces double-deck Superliner rolling stock. Auto Train begins running as independent line (is this in the 1960s?) , but fails a few years later; Amtrak later runs Auto Train as one of its more-heavily-promoted lines.
1990s: Amtrak funding comes under heavier scrutiny by Congress, while Amtrak creates new trains such as the Talgo and the Acela.
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