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Metrolink opens renovated Antelope Valley Line station

A commemorative steam locomotive pulls into Metrolink's new station
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Metrolink on Wednesday marked the completion of the renovated Vincent Grade/Acton Station on the Antelope Valley Line.

Underway since August 2015, the renovation involved construction of a second platform, a pedestrian grade crossing, a crossover and an extension of nearly 5,000 feet to the existing Vincent siding.

The new station will benefit Metrolink passengers and freight railroads in the area, according to a Metrolink press release.

"We will see enhanced safety, reduce idling and emissions, as well as shorter commutes and fewer service delays," said Metrolink Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy.

To commemorate the event, a steam locomotive was on display as part of Metrolink's "western-themed" ceremony. The locomotive, which had completed a 120-mile round trip to Acton, Calif., was the first steam locomotive to travel north of Los Angeles in 24 years, Metrolink officials said.

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