Exhibitors and special Amtrak train equipment on display at King Street Station on July 27
SEATTLE – Celebrate Amtrak Rail Day at the restored King Street Station this Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Seattle. Rail enthusiasts can tour the Amtrak Exhibit Train, making its first of only two station stops in the Pacific Northwest this year. The train is powered by a specially painted locomotive honoring veterans. Tours of the new Amtrak Cascades equipment will also be available along with a number of exhibitors including Washington Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Transportation, Talgo, City of Seattle, Sound Transit, Operation Lifesaver and National Parks Trail and Rails. Children can enjoy the Chuggington Depot, a train-themed kids’ activity area inside the station.
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. 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.
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.
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