BANGOR — For the love of trains, big and small, there will be a celebration of National Train Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Airport Mall on Union Street.
This is the fourth annual National Train Day created by Amtrak, the national passenger railroad system, and recognized in dozens of cities across the U.S. The event is free and features several displays recognizing railroading in Maine. Among them:
• Downeast Scenic Railroad. Ready to start up its second year of operation, Maine’s
newest tourist line, located in Ellsworth, already has delighted thousands with a nostalgic
round-trip ride over historic rails.
• An operating model railroad, Bill Soule’s HO layout featuring vintage rail cars.
• Brooks Preservation Society. The society is a volunteer group that has undertaken the revival of the famed Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad with excursion service between Waldo and Brooks.
• Maine Operation Lifesaver. The organization is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to preventing trespass incidents along railroad rights-of-way and collisions at railroad crossings. Free safety-related coloring books, pencils, bookmarks and stickers will be
National Train Day also will be celebrated at the Bath Visitor Center and train station on the same day and during the same hours.
For more information about National Train Day, call 945-6878.