National Train Day is this Saturday


Marissa Hollowed
Photojournalist - Jason Thomason
Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

They used to be the way Americans traveled and shipped their goods, but do people consider trains to be important anymore?

Amtrak began National Train Day in 2008 to show you why trains still matter so much. According to Amtrak, 31.2 million people rode an Amtrak train in 2012. In fact, trains have three times as many riders as the number of people who flew on airplanes last year.

Additionally, 25 million people live near an Amtrak station and Amtrak employs 20,000 people across the country.

This year's annual National Train Day is Saturday, May 11, and you can take part in a couple of events in the Local 6 area that day.

The St. Louis Iron Mountain Railroad in Jackson, Missouri, will host an event that includes model train displays. The museum caboose will be open and there will be train rides. The event lasts from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Paducah's National Train Day event will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Paducah Railroad Museum. There will be hourly presentations from Operation Lifesaver and regional historian Cliff Downey.

Local 6's Marissa Hollowed discussed trains and National Train Day with a train historian in Paducah. Check out the video for more!