October 18, 2013 Ride North Carolina’s Amtrak to the State Fair

Kimberly Woods

Amtrak Contact

202 906.3860


Julia Casadonte

NCDOT Contact

919 707.2675

Carolinian to Make Special Stop at Fairground

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is the most convenient way to travel to this year’s North Carolina State Fair. Beginning Oct. 18 and continuing through Oct. 27, the Amtrak Carolinian will make a special stop near the entrance of the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.

Trains 79 and 80, which run between New York City and Charlotte, N.C., will arrive across the street from the fairgrounds each day of the state fair. Passengers traveling to/from Charlotte, Kannapolis, Salisbury, High Point, Greensboro, Burlington, Durham, and Cary will have easy access to the Fair. The northbound Carolinian (80) leaves Charlotte at 7 a.m. and will arrive at the Fairgrounds at 10:08 a.m. The southbound Carolinian (79) leaves the Fairgrounds at 4:56 p.m., with a scheduled arrival in Charlotte at 8:12 p.m.

Amtrak will participate during the fair by staffing a booth on Youth Day on Oct. 21. Amtrak representatives will distribute timetables, vacation brochures, hats, activity books and information on Student Advantage Cards. A drawing will be conducted for two Amtrak tickets for travel to Washington, D.C.

For Amtrak information and to make reservations to the State Fair, call 800-USA-RAIL or visit www.amtrak.com. The city code for the State Fair stop is NSF. More information on visiting North Carolina by train can be found at bytrain.org or by calling 800-BY-TRAIN.

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State-sponsored North Carolina’s Amtrak

The Piedmont and Carolinian trains are sponsored by NCDOT and operated by Amtrak. The service is paid for through state funding and passenger fares. North Carolina’s Amtrak fleet of two trains provides daily service to Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, nine other North Carolina cities, and to the Northeast. Complete schedule information is available at bytrain.org. Reservations are required. Travelers should book early for best fares. Tickets can be purchased at station ticket windows, automated ticket kiosks at all stations or online at Amtrak.com.