FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2011
Contact: Media Relations
AMTRAK ANNOUNCES MORE EXHIBIT TRAIN STOPS
Free traveling exhibit showcases Amtrak 40th anniversary
WASHINGTON – In celebration of Amtrak’s 40th anniversary, America’s Railroad(sm) is offering the public an opportunity to view an Exhibit Train, a unique traveling display showcasing the railroad’s history.
The free exhibit showcases Amtrak history over the decades, displaying memorabilia like vintage advertising, past menus and dinnerware, and period uniforms. Most locations also will feature train-themed kids’ activities at Chuggington Kids Depot.
The schedule through October is as follows. Information about each stop can be found on the official website at Amtrak40th.com along with other information about Amtrak history.
June 25 – 26: Strasburg Rail Road*, Lancaster, Pa.
July 9 – 10: Springfield Amtrak Station, Springfield, Mass.
July 16 – 17: New Haven Union Station, New Haven, Conn.
July 23 – 24: New London Union Station, New London, Conn.
July 30 – 31: Providence Amtrak Station, Providence, R.I.
Aug. 6 – 7: Boston South Station, Boston
Aug. 13 – 14: Depot Avenue, Freeport, Maine
Aug. 20 – 21: Main Street Landing, Burlington, Vt.
Aug. 27 – 28: Albany Amtrak Station, Rensselaer, N.Y.
Sept. 3 – 4: Steamtown National Historic Site*, Scranton, Pa.
Sept. 10 – 11: Gateway Station, St. Louis
Sept. 17 – 18: TBD
Sept. 24 – 25: Galesburg Amtrak Station, Galesburg, Ill.
Oct. 1 – 2: Chicago Union Station, Chicago
Oct. 8 – 9: Jackson Amtrak Station, Jackson, Mich.
Oct. 15 – 16: TBD
Oct. 22 – 23: King Street Station, Seattle
Oct. 29 – 30: Portland Amtrak Station, Portland, Ore.
*Chuggington Depot is not available at Strasburg Rail Road or Steamtown National Historic Site events.
Note: Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Strasburg Rail Road events which opens at 9 a.m., and Steamtown National Historic Site which is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In addition, commemorative 40th anniversary merchandise will be available for purchase onboard the train including: Amtrak: An American Story, a144-page commemorative book that chronicles the history of the railroad with archival photographs, a historical timeline and personal narratives for each decade; Amtrak: The First 40 Years, a documentary DVD produced for public television that provides an exclusive look inside America’s Railroadsm with hard-to-find photographs and video footage as well as interviews with past and present leaders; and a commemorative cachet (envelope) that bears a special pictorial postmark authorized by the United States Postal Service.
For more information on Amtrak’s 40th anniversary, visit the official website at Amtrak40th.com. The site provides details of the anniversary celebration and tells the Amtrak story by allowing users to explore 40 years of historic photographs and other materials in an extensive and dynamic archive. The site also hosts a blog, provides a link to an online store, and allows individuals to sign up to receive an email alert when the Exhibit Train is coming near their town.
Celebrating 40 years of dedicated service as America’s Railroad(sm), Amtrak is the nation’s intercity passenger rail provider and its only high-speed rail operator. A record 28.7 million passengers traveled on Amtrak in FY 2010 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 trains in partnership with 15 states and four commuter rail agencies. Amtrak also is a strong financial performer achieving an 85 percent cost-recovery ratio in FY 2010. Enjoy the journeysm 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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