SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A train measuring nearly a mile and a half long with more than 120 rail cars arrived at San Francisco’s Pier 80 Tuesday, carrying materials for the upcoming America’s Cup World Series.

Only a portion of it rolled onto the pier grounds, but it includes broken down race boats, broadcast equipment and virtually everything needed to set up a racing village at Marina Green.

The train’s arrival is in anticipation of the America’s Cup World Series event which begins August 21st. This trial event serves as a precursor to the America’s Cup competition next year.

San Francisco Port Commission President Doreen Ho said it’s just the beginning.

“I know we’ve waited a long time to actually see the America’s Cup in San Francisco. We’re so excited,” Ho said.

Organizing Committee CEO Kyri McClellan said the train is symbolic of the series of benefits San Francisco will receive from hosting the international yacht competition.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

She commended the job commitment people have put into this project, saying it’s an opportunity for San Francisco to show its backbone.

“We can do this,” she added with confidence.

The train was set to be off-loaded in the coming days near the Oracle Team USA base.

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