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Huntington to celebrate National Train Day

May. 05, 2013 @ 11:35 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington will host one of 23 National Train Day events, a community outreach initiative created in 2008 by Amtrack to celebrate trains and railway history.

The Huntington event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the CSX Depot, 935 7th Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Model railroad displays from Walthers and the Appalachian Model Railroad Society, a Chugginton Kids' Depot and Operation Lifesaver are expected to have displays and tables at the event, some of which will be set up inside the Huntington Fire Department's Centennial Station bay. Historical railway displays will also be present. Other entertainment includes the Huntington Harmonica Club from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the 1937 Flood performing from 3 to 4 p.m.

Amtrak spokesperson Renee Maass said the company had only been conducting train days in the larger cities. But she said a West Virginia native who works in Amtrak's government affairs department fought hard for Huntington to be named one of the cities.

"Huntington wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the railroad, and it still plays a major part in the growth and vitality of the city," Maass said. "I think deep inside, everyone loves trains. And if you don't, there's free cake."

There also will be drawings for Amtrak tickets and other giveaways.

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