The City of Longview is joining cities across the nation to host National Train Day festivities celebrating 142 years of transcontinental railroad travel and AMTRAK’s 40th anniversary. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 from 4pm to 7pm at the Longview AMTRAK Passenger Rail Station, 905 Pacific Avenue. The event coincides with the arrivals and departures of AMTRAK’s northbound Texas Eagle train and the connecting motorcoach services from Houston and Shreveport.
This free event will include music by the Lobo Jazz Band, a working model train display by Loblolly O-Gauge Model Railroad, Children’s Railroad Storytelling by the Longview Public Library, activities from the World of Wonder, equipment displays, Operation Lifesaver, an American Flag Display by the Rotary Club of Longview, and a variety of other activities.
Additionally, AMTRAK and Longview Transit are partnering to provide a special opportunity for 54 persons to ride the northbound AMTRAK Texas Eagle from Longview to Marshall so they may experience train travel. Passengers will detrain in Marshall and will be returned to Longview by Lone Star Coaches. Sign up for this free activity will be first come / first served and registration will begin at 4:30 pm on Saturday, May 7 at the Longview Transit Office located at 903 Pacific Avenue, directly across the street from the depot. Criteria include a limit of 4 tickets per family and children under16 must be accompanied by an adult.
On-site parking will be restricted to permit holders and ticketed AMTRAK passengers. To showcase the coordination of public transportation, National Train Day visitors are asked to park at the City owned parking lot at the corner of Cotton and Fredonia and ride the shuttle buses provided by Longview Transit and the East Texas Council of Government’s GO BUS to the site. Shuttle service will begin at 3:45 pm and will continue throughout the event.
Sponsors for the event include the City of Longview, Longview Transit, AMTRAK, the Mayor’s Task Force for Passenger Rail Facilities, the Union Pacific Railroad, the East Texas Council of Governments, and Sobol Welding Supplies.