National Train Day

Open houses are scheduled at train stations across North Carolina as part of National Train Day.

North Carolina's Amtrak will celebrate the day on Saturday at stations from Charlotte to Fayetteville. The open houses will also help raise awareness of the new midday train service between Raleigh and Charlotte scheduled to begin in June.

The new service will increase North Carolina's passenger rail service to six trains daily between the state's two largest cities.

Currently, the state sponsors four trains daily, the Piedmont and Carolinian, which make a morning and evening run between Raleigh and Charlotte. The Carolinian also provides daily service to Washington D.C. and New York.

Open houses are scheduled for Raleigh, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury, Kannapolis, Charlotte, Selma, Wilson, Rocky Mount and Fayetteville.

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  • by Anonymous on May 8, 2010 at 01:53 PM
    My grandfather worked as an engineer on a train for 31 years. Florida to Virginia, Passengers & freight. Trucks ARE a better means for delivery. But you can't compare with riding in a train out in the country. No can even try to take a nap. I miss passenger trains, but "hangers on" or stowaways and crime ruined the experience.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on May 8, 2010 at 01:22 PM
    On behalf of my GrandDaddy, this is so neat. He was a train enthusiast, and even operated a miniature steamtrain at a park in N.C. I would take a train before I would a plane or bus! This one's for you GrandDaddy!

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