An Amtrak train pulls away from downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, April 21, 2010.  Amtrak has struggled for survival nearly every year since its first trains rolled out on May 1, 1971. Now it's caught in the middle of the fight in Washington to cut federal deficits and spending. Some lawmakers want to eliminate it altogether. Others want to turn over pieces of its 22,000-mile network to private operators- an effort that some Amtrak supporters say could spell the end of the national passenger rail network. (Shawn Rocco/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT)
An Amtrak train pulls away from downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, April 21, 2010. Amtrak has struggled for survival nearly every year since its first trains rolled out on May 1, 1971. Now it's caught in the middle of the fight in Washington to cut federal deficits and spending. Some lawmakers want to eliminate it altogether. Others want to turn over pieces of its 22,000-mile network to private operators- an effort that some Amtrak supporters say could spell the end of the national passenger rail network. (Shawn Rocco/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT) MCT
An Amtrak train pulls away from downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, April 21, 2010. Amtrak has struggled for survival nearly every year since its first trains rolled out on May 1, 1971. Now it's caught in the middle of the fight in Washington to cut federal deficits and spending. Some lawmakers want to eliminate it altogether. Others want to turn over pieces of its 22,000-mile network to private operators- an effort that some Amtrak supporters say could spell the end of the national passenger rail network. (Shawn Rocco/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT) MCT

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