NCDOT and Amtrak to Celebrate National Train Day 2013 Thursday, May 9, 2013

RALEIGH — Communities in North Carolina are partnering with the N.C. Department of Transportation and Amtrak to celebrate the importance of trains during the sixth annual National Train Day. On Saturday, May 11, more than 200 communities are expected to host events at local train stations, railroad museums and other locations commemorating this year’s theme, “Trains Matter.” 


“North Carolina railroads play an important role in our mission of better connecting people across the state to greater opportunities” said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “It takes all modes of transportation, including rail, to help strengthen our economy and improve the quality of life for all of our citizens."


The Amtrak Piedmont train makes two round trips between Raleigh and Charlotte each day, and serves seven other North Carolina cities--Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury and Kannapolis. The state-supported Amtrak Carolinian train also makes one round trip each day serving the same locations.


Amtrak Piedmont train service was number one in the nation in growth within the Amtrak system during fiscal year 2012. According to Amtrak reports, March 2013 saw a 10.3 percent increase in Piedmont ridership over March 2012, and a 21.7 percent increase in revenue over same period. The Carolinian, which saw a suspension of service for most of March last year for track work, had a 60.8 percent increase in ridership in March over last year, and a 90.1 percent increase in revenue.


Each year, more than 938,000 passengers ride Amtrak trains to and from destinations in North Carolina. The state has more than 3,300 miles of railroad tracks used by passenger and freight trains. 


On Saturday, May 11, there will be various train displays, live musical performances and activities for children at every passenger train station across the state to celebrate National Train Day.


You can find these activities at the following locations:


Cary Station

211 N. Academy St.

(919) 462-6434

Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities will include the Chuggington Kids Depot


Charlotte Station

1914 N. Tryon St.

(704) 376-4416

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Durham Station

400 W. Chapel Hill St.

(919) 956-7932

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Fayetteville Station

472 Hay St.

(910) 483-2659

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Greensboro Station

236 E. Washington St.

(336) 272-6755

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Hamlet Station

2 Main St.

(910) 417-7791

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


High Point Station

100 W. High St.

(336) 884-0878

Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Kannapolis Station

201 S. Main St.

(704) 932-1591

Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Lexington Celebration/Lexington Farmer’s Market

129 S. Railroad St.

(336) 240-1984

Hours: 9 a.m. to noon


Raleigh Station

320 W. Cabarrus St.

(919) 833-7594

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Rocky Mount Station

101 Coastline St.

(252) 446-3740

Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Salisbury Station

215 Depot St.

(704) 639-7728

Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Selma Station

500 E. Railroad St.

(919) 965-6971

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Spencer Station

North Carolina Transportation Museum

411 S. Salisbury Ave.

(704) 636-2889

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Wilmington Station

505 Nutt St.

(910) 763-2634

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Wilson Station

401 E. Nash St.

(252) 246-1061

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Burlington Station

NCDOT Rail Division

101 N. Main St.

(336) 570-7043

Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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