Train features more than four decades of history of America’s Railroad®
WASHINGTON – For the third consecutive year, Amtrak is showcasing its past, present and future in a traveling Exhibit Train that will make various stops to communities around the country. The Exhibit Train allows visitors to take a self-guided tour to catch a glimpse of more than four decades of history of America’s Railroad® providing mobility and connectivity to the nation.
The first stop of the 2014 tour will be at the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler, Ariz. on March 1 and 2 to complement their 30th anniversary celebration. Since the train’s inception in 2011, new displays have been added such as workable signals, interactive virtual sleeping accommodation tours and trivia with returning favorite displays including the locomotive stand and horns. In addition, it features photos, uniforms, vintage advertising and memorabilia from Amtrak’s beginning in 1971 to today’s modern-sleeping cars and high-speed rail service. Exclusive Amtrak merchandise will also be available for purchase.
The Exhibit Train includes two locomotives, three renovated baggage cars and one bistro car, all with historic paint schemes. For most stops, the Amtrak Veterans’ Locomotive will lead the train. Introduced in 2013 and featuring a patriotic paint scheme, it is a tribute to our servicemen and women and supports the company’s goal that 25 percent of new hires will be from the military by 2015.
The schedule for this free exhibit is as follows:
- March 1-2: Arizona Railway Museum, Chandler, Ariz.
- March 22: Santa Fe Railyard, Santa Fe, N.M.
- April 12-13: Amtrak Station, Topeka, KS, Topeka, Kan.
- April 26-27: Amtrak Station, Lincoln, NE, Lincoln, Neb.
- May 3: Los Angeles Union Station, 75th Anniversary Celebration, Los Angeles, Calif.
- May 9-10: National Train Day/Station Dedication, Amtrak Station, Longview, Texas
- May 17-18: Cheyenne Depot Museum, Cheyenne, Wyo.
- May 30-June 1: North Carolina Transportation Museum, Spencer, N.C.
- June 12-14: National Railroad Historical Society Meeting, Springdale, Ark.
- July 19-20: Delaware State Fair, Harrington, Del.
- August 1-3: Rockland Lobster Fest, Rockland, Maine
- August 23-24: Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, Essex, Conn.
- September 13: Glory Days, Amtrak Station, White River Junction, White River Junction, Vt.
- September 27-28: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, Cumberland, Md.
- October 4: 100th Anniversary, Memphis Central Station, Memphis, Tenn.
- October 18-19: Virginia Transportation Museum, Roanoke, Va.
- November 1-2: Kansas City Union Station, Kansas City, Mo.
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