On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Jackson will join communities across America to celebrate the importance of trains to their town at the sixth annual National Train Day. Mayor Harvey Johnson will be on-site at the Amtrak Jackson Station to speak more about why trains matter to the community.
The free event, which will take place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., will also feature a Chuggington Kids Depot with train-themed kids' activities based on the popular children's animated television series on Disney Junior; an HO scale operating model train provided by Walthers featuring Amtrak equipment including an Amtrak locomotive and passenger cars; and other family-friendly activities and train-themed displays.
More than 200 communities are expected to host events at local train stations, railroad museums and other locations commemorating this year's theme "Trains Matter."
Details on National Train Day events and information on how to host a National Train Day event are available at NationalTrainDay.com. Additional events and information will be added to the website frequently. In addition, rail passengers and enthusiasts are invited to share why trains matter to them via Facebook or @natltrainday.
Amtrak is America's Railroad, the nation's intercity passenger rail service and its high-speed rail operator. A record 31.2 million passengers traveled on Amtrak in FY 2012 on more than 300 daily trains - at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) - that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Amtrak operates intercity trains in partnership with 15 states and contracts with 13 commuter rail agencies to provide a variety of services. Enjoy the journey(r) at Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information. Join us on facebook.com/Amtrak and follow us at twitter.com/Amtrak.
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