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News - July 18, 2012

Author gives talk on Caltrain

Former Caltrain staffer Janet McGovern will talk about her new book on the history of the rail line during a program at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the San Mateo County History Museum.

The book, entitled "Caltrain and the Peninsula Commute Service," deals with how the rail line was started in 1864 to link San Francisco and San Jose. Operated by the Southern Pacific for most of its history, this commuter line is the oldest continuously operating passenger railroad in the West.

Ms. McGovern covered Southern Pacific as a reporter for the Redwood City Tribune and joined the Caltrain public information staff in 1992, retiring in 2011. Her husband Reg, a veteran newspaper photographer, has many of his pictures in the book.

The talk will be held in Courtroom A at the museum, located at 2200 Broadway St. in Redwood City. Admission to this event is free with admission to the museum: $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.


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