Area families can enjoy trains on Mother’s Day weekend without ever leaving the station, so to speak, as communities nationwide participate in National Train Day on Saturday.
Texas Rail Advocates will host a free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center, 1001 Jones St.
Highlights include walk-through tours and viewing of Trinity Railway Express and Amtrak trains, up-close examination of a new BNSF freight locomotive, guided tours of a restored 101-year-old interurban trolley, a Chuggington Kids Depot based on the popular children’s animated TV series, operating model railroads, a drawing for free Amtrak train travel, entertainment and food for purchase.
“Trains Matter” is the theme of this year’s National Train Day, said Peter LeCody, president of Texas Rail Advocates. “Trains are an integral part of the American story,” he said in a statement. “National Train Day is a way to celebrate this positive impact by inviting current and future passengers to tour equipment, ask train and railroad industry experts questions and enjoy family-friendly activities.”
Fort Worth activities will include:
• The chance for a close look at BNSF Railway’s new locomotive, manufactured at General Electric Transportation’s Fort Worth Locomotive Plant.
• On-board staffed tours of a stationary TRE train.
• Viewing Amtrak and TRE trains as they arrive and depart from the station.
• Museum of the American Railroad representatives will display railroad industry artifacts and archives and information about their new museum in Frisco.
• North Texas T-Trax Modular Railroad Club, Lone Star Hi-Railers Model Train Association and Hutch Hinton will showcase and operate model railroads.
• Operation Lifesaver will offer safety guidelines around railroad crossings and trains.
• Fort Worth Transportation Authority representatives will provide information and a map of Tex Rail, a commuter line under development from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
• Representatives from the Texas Transportation Department will discuss the Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study on future service between South Texas and Oklahoma City