RALEIGH – All aboard! The past few days have been bustling for North Carolina’s Amtrak passenger trains between Raleigh and Charlotte. With the State Fair underway in Raleigh and a Panthers game played on Sunday in Charlotte, more than 2,400 people chose the train to get to these events or other destinations. An influx of passengers is also expected to hop on the train to the Lexington Barbecue Festival this Saturday, Oct. 26.
Since Friday, Oct. 18, more than 700 people have taken the train to the fair, with more than 3,500 people predicted to ride the State Fair train before the fair ends on Oct. 27.
The State Fair train provides a convenient way to experience all the fun of the fair with none of the hassle of parking. Train #80 departs Charlotte daily at 7 a.m., then stops at Kannapolis, Salisbury, High Point, Greensboro, Burlington, Durham and Cary before dropping passengers off across the street from the fairgrounds in Raleigh at 10:08 a.m. After a full day of food and rides, passengers are picked up in the same location at 4:56 p.m. by train #79 to return home. The train arrives in Charlotte at 8:12 p.m. nightly.
The Panthers train offers a safe and relaxing way to enjoy North Carolina’s favorite football team – consider taking one to the team’s three remaining home games this season on Nov. 3, Dec. 1 and Dec. 22. The train leaves Raleigh at 6:45 a.m. and stops in seven cities along the way before arriving in Charlotte at 9:55 a.m. From there, it’s just a short bus trip to the stadium in uptown Charlotte. A return train to Raleigh departs at 5:15 p.m.
For more information on trains to the State Fair, Lexington Barbecue Festival, Panthers games and other destinations in North Carolina, visit bytrain.org.