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ATK-98-5 January 6, 1998
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National Railroad Passenger Corporation
Amtrak Intercity
210 South Canal Street
Chicago, Illinois 60606-5715

January 6, 1998
Contact: Marc Magliari (312) 655-1338

Three Rivers, Pennsylvanian, Texas Eagle and many Midwestern medium-distance trains have special offers

CHICAGO -- Don't let holiday bills keep you from traveling this winter: Amtrak is offering free companion fares on several popular routes from now through Feb. 28, 1998.

The special offer is available on the daily Chicago- Pittsburgh-New York Three Rivers service; the daily Pittsburgh-New York Pennsylvanian service; the six daily trains operating in the Chicago- Detroit/Pontiac, Mich., corridor, the daily International service between Chicago and Port Huron, Mich., the six daily trains in the Chicago-St. Louis corridor, the two daily trains operating in the St. Louis-Kansas City corridor, the daily Chicago-Carbondale, Ill., Illini service; and the daily Chicago-Quincy, Ill., Illinois Zephyr service.

The Winter Companion Fare promotion is also available on the Chicago-St. Louis-San Antonio Texas Eagle, which operates three-days-weekly through Feb. 6, when a fourth Texas Eagle will begin operating weekly between Chicago and Los Angeles, via San Antonio.

The tickets are valid for one-way or round-trip coach travel through Feb. 28, 1998, and reservations are required. The offer applies to coach fares and children's fares for up to two children (ages 2-15) per adult. Customers can purchase an upgrade to Custom Class or sleeping accommodations, subject to availability.

The offer is good for passengers traveling on an identical itinerary. Seats are limited, are subject to certain blackout days and are based on availability. The fare is non-refundable in some cases and is subject to change fees for both tickets. Other restrictions apply.

Customers should visit a staffed Amtrak station, call 1-800-USA-RAIL or see an authorized Amtrak travel agent, for details on this offer or any other Amtrak service. Ticketing, schedule and service information is also available at the Amtrak site on the World Wide Web at