Special train makes first Hi-Line stop for America’s Railroad® in Havre
CHICAGO – Powered by a specially painted locomotive celebrating veterans and showcasing the past, present and future of America’s Railroad®, the Amtrak Exhibit Train will be open to free tours this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Amtrak station in Havre, Mont.
Veterans groups and Havre Mayor Tim Solomon (who also serves as manager of the Great Northern Fair) are invited to welcome the Exhibit Train to Havre at 11 a.m. this Friday, July 19. The Exhibit Train will be open on July 19, 20 and 21, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., with a drawing for a pair of Amtrak Empire Builder roundtrip tickets between Havre and Seattle (subject to terms and conditions). Each Exhibit Train visitor will also receive a discount coupon for the Havre Beneath the Streets historical tour.
The Exhibit Train features displays including workable signals, virtual sleeping accommodation tours and trivia, the locomotive control 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 collectables are also available for purchase, including a limited amount of Empire Builder merchandise.
The Exhibit Train includes two locomotives, three renovated baggage cars and one bistro car, all with a historic paint schemes. This is a refreshed and updated version of the popular 40th anniversary train that celebrated Amtrak history with a tour in 2011-2012.
The locomotive with the Exhibit Train commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and honors those who have served. Amtrak painted the locomotive red, white and blue with a specially designed “America’s Railroad Salutes Our Veterans” logo and 50 stars. It is making its first appearance with the Exhibit Train on the Hi-Line and is also a symbol of an Amtrak commitment of 25 percent of new hires to be veterans by 2015.
Locomotive 42, chosen in celebration of the 42nd year of Amtrak service, was painted as part of a regularly scheduled upgrade at the Amtrak Beech Grove Indiana maintenance facility.
The Exhibit Train visit to Havre is timed to coincide with the Great Northern Fair at the nearby fairgrounds, which recognizes the connection between Great Northern Railway (GN) and the development of Havre. The GN was led by James J. Hill, who is remembered with a statue and fountain at the Amtrak station. Havre is the seat of Hill County, which is named for the railroader.
Hill was nicknamed the “Empire Builder,” the name given to the Amtrak train that provides daily service to Havre. Next year, the Amtrak Empire Builder will celebrate 85th years of service between Chicago and Seattle.
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