Custom-painted locomotive also pays tribute to veterans Sept. 28-29
WILMINGTON – Powered by a custom-painted locomotive that pays tribute to America’s veterans, and showcasing the past, present and future of America’s Railroad®, the Amtrak Exhibit Train will stop at the Gettysburg and Northern Scenic Depot this weekend (Sept. 28-29). Visitors are welcome aboard for free tours from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days.
The Exhibit Train features displays that include workable signals, virtual sleeping accommodation tours, a locomotive control stand and horns. It also includes photos, uniforms, vintage advertising and memorabilia from the beginning of Amtrak in 1971 to today’s modern sleeping cars and high-speed rail service. The train consists of two locomotives, three renovated baggage cars and one bistro car, all with historic paint schemes.
Exclusive Amtrak collectibles are also available for purchase including Amtrak: An American Story, an illustrated company history written by employees with chapter introductions composed by past and present Amtrak leaders. In addition, a documentary DVD explores the history of Amtrak and its importance to the nation’s transportation network.
The locomotive powering the Exhibit Train honors those who have served in America’s armed forces and is a symbol of Amtrak’s commitment to make 25 percent of new hires veterans by 2015. Amtrak painted the locomotive red, white and blue with a specially designed “America’s Railroad Salutes Our Veterans” logo and 50 stars.
Visitors to the Gettysburg & Northern Scenic Depot (106 N. Washington Street) will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Operation Lifesaver to learn about railroad safety. The National Park Service, Lincoln Train Museum, Strasburg Rail Road and Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau will also have representatives on hand to provide information at various times throughout the weekend.
The Exhibit Train was at the Strasburg Rail Road the past two weekends and will stop in Altoona on Oct. 12.
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