Special train makes stop for America’s Railroad® this weekend
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 weekend at the Amtrak station in Spokane, Wash. Model trains and other exhibits will also educate and entertain visitors about railroading and the Inland Northwest.
The Spokane Veterans Color Guard will open the Exhibit Train at 10 a.m. this Saturday, August 3. The Exhibit Train will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. this Saturday and again on Sunday, August 4, with veterans invited to be first to board on both days. A drawing will be held for a pair of free Amtrak Empire Builder round-trip tickets between Spokane and Portland (subject to terms and conditions).
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 the beginning of Amtrak 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 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 was chosen in celebration of the 42nd year of Amtrak service.
The Exhibit Train includes two locomotives, three renovated baggage cars and one bistro car, all with 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.
Also joining the Exhibit Train and the River City Modelers model railroad group for the visit are other railroad related exhibits at the Spokane station, including Operation Lifesaver, a rail industry sponsored group educating the public about safety, railway artist Craig Thorpe and the Inland Northwest Railroad Museum.
Next year, the Amtrak Empire Builder will celebrate 85th years of service between Chicago and Seattle, including Spokane.
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