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Last Chance: Train Day Celebration in Downtown Kirkwood

Public safety education, live music, free tickets and historical displays are all part of weekend festivities at the Kirkwood Amtrak station.

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Kirkwood Police will participate in "National Train Day" Saturday, at the by having safety information and handouts for children and adults focusing on staying safe around railroad tracks and crossings. The event is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Special displays at the Amtrak Station Open House will include displays from the , , Kirkwood Police Canine Unit, Union Pacific Railroad Police Special Agents, Missouri Operation Lifesaver, Big Bend Model Railroad Club, National Railway Historical Society, American Association of Railroaders and the among others. An operating model train layout will be on display along with a telegraph display and demonstration from The Morse Telegraph Club. 

Food will be available by donation from the Kirkwood American Legion Post 156. Live music will be performed after 10 a.m. Amtrak will also have a drawing for two sets of tickets to Chicago or Kansas City or points in between.

History of National Train Day

National Train Day has been sponsored by Amtrak for the past five years and this year marks Amtrak's 41st birthday. National Train Day marks 143 years of connecting travelers coast to coast and commemorates the day the first transcontinental railroad was created. On May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah, the golden spike was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, transforming America by creating the nation‘s first transcontinental railroad.  Further information is available at the National Train Day website.

Also, Union Pacific Railroad also celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2012. Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific Railroad which now operates the former Missouri Pacific Railroad through downtown Kirkwood. Further information is available at the Union Pacific 150 website.

Chris Moses April 04, 2013 at 11:30 AM
There needs to be a very strong PUSH for more mass transportation in this country. With the technology available today, riding on old tracks and not converting to maglevs and other higher end technologies is unacceptable and inconceivable. There is no excuse (except for profit mechanism) that we are 40-50 years beyond Europe and Asia in our transportation, and our dependence on fossil fuel automobiles is to the point of addiction. The exorbitant cost of owning cars (car payment, insurance, gas, parking, taxes, repairs, etc) is enough to literally aid in enslaving every American citizen, and it just isn't necessary. If this country's only purpose is to generate wealth for the corporations in this country, and human need and future global sustainitve planning... The leveraging of these technologies will be implemented far too late. Some things shouldn't REQUIRE massive wealth to get done. Some things are common sense, and I don't see how redesigning out infrastructure to benefit and make people's lives better is something that has a price tag of any kind. It just makes sense! We have the technology, we have the resources... And if reducing oil consumption, auto accidents and pollution isn't enough, just think of the human cost of war that is required to gain all of our oil resources... We can and SHOULD do this NOW!

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